Joining the gym can definitely be a scary thing. Especially if your last time working out was high school gym class.
Although I am no stranger to exercise or gym memberships, rejoining after a long period of time was definitely a scary experience. First let me tell you, it is normal. Everyone faces a certain level of anxiety when it comes to a new journey to their lives. What machine to go on? How many miles can I run the first go around? Can I just count the sauna as a workout? It’s quite overwhelming. First let me tell you, you are already doing a great job taking better care of your health. I’ll never forget my first day back at the gym. It felt like going through a new school all over again. Finding my way around the machines, learning the ins and outs of classes and what I like. But now being a two year member, I realized; nobody is paying attention. As self centered that sounded, it’s completely true. People are so in their zone that they have no time to pay attention to what the next person is doing. To help you out, here are some of my pointers before you start!
Know the Ins and Outs of Your Gym:
I’m talking club memberships, hidden fees, classes, etc. Normally a representative will take you on a tour before you sign the dotted line. But incase they didn’t cover these below, ask about these vital pieces of information:
- Temporary Suspension – The policy incase you have hardships or running low on money for a significant amount of time (My gym charges me half off when I have to temporarily suspend my membership).
- Services provided – Most gyms aren’t equipped with showers, saunas or towel services. Also, if classes are limited to those who pay a little extra for the full experience.
- Classes – Sometimes I like to switch up the tempo and take a class. My gym provides classes from TRX Bootcamp to Hip Hop Cardio!
- Specials and promotions – When I signed up, I got a killer deal for $19/month membership all by checking my email, ask before you get cheated into paying a higher price.
Invest In a Great Gym Bag:
In my early years of membership, I used to leave my keys in my car and only take my water bottle and headphones. Now, I don’t even know what I could do without my bag! Whether it’s a back pack, duffle bag or even a small shoulder bag, a gym bag is a complete necessity. Now that I go more right after work, I take my gym clothes and tennis shoes and any other necessities needed to be prepared for a sweat session. I’m going to post a ‘What’s in My Gym Bag?’ soon to give you an inside look to a well prepared gym visit. I own an Adidas Duffle Bag (pictured below!) and it’s extremely durable to any surface or situation!
Check out my other suggestions on gym bags under $50!
Invest In Some Great Tech Gear:
Find Appropriate Shoes:
Find Your Jam:
This is pretty obvious. Nothing completes a great gym session than a killer playlist. I normally opt for rap or pop stations, but on occasions I break out the indie pop or hot country stations on Spotify! Here are some of my favorite playlists on Spotify to get your going!
To sum everything up, feeling exhausted or scared is completely okay. You are taking a positive step to living a better life and on a path to motivate someone else! Buy yourself a cute gym outfit, pack your gym bag and get your music blasting. It takes time to get in the groove of your workout routine. Believe me, I’m two years strong and I still struggle with following my routine. But once you get a taste of what a good workout feels like, you can’t get enough. Soon enough, you’re a star at the TRX machines, held your yoga pose a little bit longer and went the extra mile on the treadmill. You know what? Let’s start with two days a week at the gym. I guarantee after a while you’ll be going everyday of the week! If you need anymore encouragement, shoot me an email at email@example.com!