This piece will focus on two overlapping groups: Those that are new to the gym/thinking about it and those that have made exercise a part of their daily routine but are still adjusting to the ins and outs. These may not be universal but its just things I pick up on.
1. Bring a buddy. The benefits in this entry alone could be a separate piece. Having someone with the same goals as you will help keep you motivated when your will starts to crumble.Taking turns on the bench or on the bar will keep you focused on the routine you’re doing rather than letting your interest and heart rate go down. You have an automatic spotter because just like at the beach, there is no way you’re going out into the deep end without someone to pull you back when you have nothing left. If you find yourself in the gym by yourself, you will lift or run only what you know you can do.
2. If you don’t have a buddy, don’t be afraid to ask. For the most part, everyone is working towards the same self-improvement goals that you are. If you need a spotter for a particularly heavy set, you will always find someone to help you. If you’re lucky, you might get some tips on your form or even make a new friend!
3. Don’t get in the way. Whether you’re too shy to notice, or eager to ask for help, assess the environment first. If someone is buried deep into their set, it may be wiser to wait until they’re done before approaching them. if they’re running the rack(ask someone at your gym what that means), it would be best not to stand between them and the free weights. A gym is a shared space so be respectful.
4. Be respectful. We know how big you’ve gotten and you can’t wait to show it off. we know you saw a hot girl doing squats and its “your duty to tell everyone”, no. Just NO! save that douchebaggery for the clu- matter of fact, don’t even bother to save that for later. The people in your gym are decent, hard working and committed to improving themselves no matter where they come from in life. For every stereotype you see in those commercials of people who “lift things up and put them down” there are several in its place setting a proper example. We are living in a wonderful version of the present day where the athlete and the scholar are not only lifting side by side, they are increasingly becoming one and the same. Don’t ruin that.
5. For the ladies specifically, I know why places like Lucille Roberts exist and it is tough to find some private time/space when all you want to do in a regular gym is exercise and not get hit on. Its not specific to health clubs and it’s well known how prevalent it is in your everyday lives. I don’t have a magical solution for that but again, I strongly advise the buddy system. The best I have been able to do is attempt to steer my own clients in the proper direction which is on their own workouts while saying once again, there are good people out there too. So if you’re reading this right now and you’re on the fence, be a good person. Be a paragon of virtue. BE AN ARCHETYPE!!!!
These are just a few helpful tips to help you get used to the gym environment. If there are any stories you may have of your rookie mistakes in the gym or any suggestions you may have that would make for a great tip, feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for reading.Till next time!