The thought of going to the gym for the first time can be a little daunting. You might be imagining huge muscly men flexing in front of mirrors, and really toned women in perfectly fitting lycra performing elegant stretches on fancy equipment.
You may expect the gym is going to be a place of judgment, bewilderment, embarrassment, and a whole lot of sweat, but we’re here to put your mind at ease by outlining exactly what to expect before your first time at the gym.
And it’s actually not scary at all!
You won’t worry about anyone else, and they won’t worry about you.
One of the biggest fears people can have about going to a gym for the first time is that everyone will be looking at them and judging. This just isn’t the case at all.
When you walk through the doors you’ll be pleasantly surprised that other gym goers are just like you. And they’re actually busy focusing on their own workout, so they’re not even looking at you!
This is great news because it leaves you to just do your thing and not worry about what anything else is thinking.
You’ll pick things up quickly
People can also be nervous about going to the gym because they think it may be hard to know where to start or how to use the equipment. Most gyms offer you a session with a trainer who will show you how to do everything properly.
You’ll find what you enjoy
If you’ve never been a big fan of exercise, the gym is the perfect place to work out what type of activity you enjoy. From high-tech machines and equipment for resistance or weights training, to a plethora of group classes like yoga, High Intensity Interval Training, or cycling, to air-drumming. You’re sure to find something that you enjoy.
Finding a workout that you actually enjoy will mean you do it more often and stick to it. So don’t feel discouraged if you don’t fall in love with it on your first visit, you might just need to go back again and try something else.
You’ll sweat it out… and you’ll love it
We’re not going to lie to you. But after a while, you won’t even notice the sweat. You’ll relish it, because it means your workout is working!
If you’re still not 100% sure if the gym is for you, do a bit of research. You can contact a gym to ask any questions in advance, and organise to have a look around so you’ll know what to expect.