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Your First Time at the Gym

Your First Time at the Gym

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Even the most seasoned gym-goers were beginners at some point. Enthusiasm mixed with a positive outlook is all you need to start. Whether you are new to the gym or returning after an absence, we’ll show you how to start working out successfully.

What to Bring

Ready to get active? Bring along:

  1. Comfortable clothes: Fancy gym clothes can feel great but are unnecessary. Wear easy-to-move-in clothes and comfortable sneakers.
  2. Water: Carrying a water bottle will help you stay hydrated during your first-day gym workout.
  3. A towel: Bring a towel for sweat or to wipe down equipment.
  4. A lock: The gym is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Protect your belongings in a locker whenever possible!

Gym Etiquette

Have an effective experience at the gym by:

  1. Reading and following your gym’s rules. Gyms have regulations to help protect you and the other members. If you don’t know what they mean, ask!
  2. Sharing the equipment. Wait until others conclude using a machine before hopping on it yourself, and move away from the equipment when finished.
  3. Cleaning your equipment after use. Clean the area to keep germs at bay and the equipment in good condition.
  4. Arriving on time for sessions and classes. Arriving late can disrupt instructors and other attendees.
  5. Having respect for other gym-goers. Since the gym is a public space, treat others with respect.

How to Start at the Gym

Before your first time at the gym, you should know where to start. Three tips for a successful gym experience include:

  1. Defining clear goals for yourself. Whether you want to lose weight or gain muscle, clearly define what you want to achieve so you can focus on reaching those goals.
  2. Working with gym staff to build a workout plan. Consult with staff if you need help figuring out where to start. The team will work with you to identify what steps will best meet your needs and goals.
  3. Considering personal training. Consider working with a personal trainer for guidance and motivation through your workouts for more direct assistance.

Make Sure You Warm Up

Warm up before lifting weights or other exercises to prevent injuries and ensure your body is prepared for activity. You can do this by stretching or doing simple cardio exercises like jumping jacks or jogging.

Don’t Overwork Yourself

One of the most common mistakes people make when starting a new workout regimen is overdoing it. Rushing to get in shape can lead to injury and burnout. Remember, patience is vital, and you’ll see results faster than you think!

start your fitness journey with 5 Bridges Health & Fitness

Start Your Fitness Journey With 5 Bridges Health & Fitness

At 5 Bridges Health & Fitness, we know that fitness is for everyone. We’re ready to help you reach your fitness goals with state-of-the-art equipment, friendly staff and a community atmosphere. Sign up for a membership today!