Ten Tips for Being New at the Gym
1. Everyone is brand new at the gym at least once.
2. Everyone has to figure out what the machines do. No one automatically just knows.
3. Do not underestimate the amount of weight you can and cannot lift. You can hurt yourself and end up quitting. There is no fun if this happens.
4. Do your best to do the exercises correctly. This goes a long way in meeting your goals. So work on correct movements instead doing as many reps as you or how fast you can do them. It is okay to start with just a few and work up to many.
5. Know that you will be at the gym for one to two hours. Be there mentally and physically. You will do better. Leave your troubles at the door. Your troubles will still be there for you when you leave. Remember, you are new and it will take time to learn the equipment, exercises, and the routine that works for your body.
6. Understand that you will stink. Your body will begin moving chemicals around in your body and getting rid of the ones that should not be there. This is normal.
7. Showers. This is not high school. Bring shower supplies, towel, and a change of clothes. The nice thing about a hot shower is the relief on sore muscles. This might be the best thing you do at the gym for yourself.
8. Ask questions of the employees. They get paid to tell you how things work.
9. Know where your AED machine is, fire exits, and ways out of the gym. Accidents, weather, and events happen. Stay safe.
10. Locker combinations. You can keep the information stored on your cell phone or send to a friend when you cannot get the darn thing opened.
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