Advice For Joining A Gym
September 7, 2016 (No Comments) by Stephen Kierans

joining a gym

Considering joining a gym? Already started your membership? Well, either way, there are some basics of joining a gym that you need to know, this applies to all levels of fitness.

Have your goals set out for what you want to achieve

Before you go into the gym and just go to the first machine you see, plan. Plan a workout that suits what you want to achieve. Whether it be to put on muscle or lose weight or just because you enjoy it, it is a must. Go to an instructor or just look online there’s literally millions of workouts, one will catch your eye.

Plan which body part you are going to train on a specific day and what exercises you need to do. If your training schedule is all cardio based then know what exercises you have to do to fit into this, likewise with weight training. Also, once you start exercising you will need to sort out a dieting plan. Can’t have one and not the other.

Know what you’re doing / good form

If you’re going to go into the gym and lift all these heavy dumbbells and barbells, you better know what you’re doing. One of the most important parts of weight training is form. If you don’t have good form, forget about it. Before you even attempt to lift any weights you must first understand what each exercise does and how you do it. Otherwise, what’s the point? You’ll be doing meaningless repetitions and probably injure yourself in the process. So ask a member of staff to show you the basics on your first day to get a head start.

Have “respect” whilst at the gym

Having respect at the gym is a big part of going to the gym. What do I mean by this? Well, having respect for other members and the equipment for starters.

Gym rule #1 – PUT THE WEIGHTS BACK: The most annoying thing in the gym is left behind weights and dumbbells that the last user wouldn’t have the decency to put back. If you can lift them you can put them back! So come on, don’t be that person.

Gym rule #2 – DON’T HOG THE MACHINES/BENCHES: Finish your sets and move on, 15 minutes max on one machine or bench. Respect that other members would like to use the machine too. There’s nothing worse than this on chest day! No phones either this just doubles the time on a station. So no hogging, snap chatting or texting.

Gym rule #3 – WIPE DOWN MACHINE/BENCHES: Unless you enjoy lying down on someone else’s sweat, wipe your damn station and bench after every use. It’s an important thing called hygiene, just respect other members and do it.

Have fun and enjoy it

After all, it is a hobby, so enjoy it. You’re only impressing one person going to the gym and that’s you so remember to train with your ability and not your ego. It’s about getting the best out of yourself and pushing your limits whilst improving your body. You’re going to get haters, so use them as your motivators. If you enjoy it who cares, keep going and prove everyone wrong.

Now get into the gym, headphones in and do your thing!

Stephen Kierans
Stephen Kierans is an Irish journalist from Louth with an obsession of sport and fitness while also writing some lifestyle and tech piece

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Advice For Joining A Gym
September 7, 2016 (No Comments) by Stephen Kierans

joining a gym

Considering joining a gym? Already started your membership? Well, either way, there are some basics of joining a gym that you need to know, this applies to all levels of fitness.

Have your goals set out for what you want to achieve

Before you go into the gym and just go to the first machine you see, plan. Plan a workout that suits what you want to achieve. Whether it be to put on muscle or lose weight or just because you enjoy it, it is a must. Go to an instructor or just look online there’s literally millions of workouts, one will catch your eye.

Plan which body part you are going to train on a specific day and what exercises you need to do. If your training schedule is all cardio based then know what exercises you have to do to fit into this, likewise with weight training. Also, once you start exercising you will need to sort out a dieting plan. Can’t have one and not the other.

Know what you’re doing / good form

If you’re going to go into the gym and lift all these heavy dumbbells and barbells, you better know what you’re doing. One of the most important parts of weight training is form. If you don’t have good form, forget about it. Before you even attempt to lift any weights you must first understand what each exercise does and how you do it. Otherwise, what’s the point? You’ll be doing meaningless repetitions and probably injure yourself in the process. So ask a member of staff to show you the basics on your first day to get a head start.

Have “respect” whilst at the gym

Having respect at the gym is a big part of going to the gym. What do I mean by this? Well, having respect for other members and the equipment for starters.

Gym rule #1 – PUT THE WEIGHTS BACK: The most annoying thing in the gym is left behind weights and dumbbells that the last user wouldn’t have the decency to put back. If you can lift them you can put them back! So come on, don’t be that person.

Gym rule #2 – DON’T HOG THE MACHINES/BENCHES: Finish your sets and move on, 15 minutes max on one machine or bench. Respect that other members would like to use the machine too. There’s nothing worse than this on chest day! No phones either this just doubles the time on a station. So no hogging, snap chatting or texting.

Gym rule #3 – WIPE DOWN MACHINE/BENCHES: Unless you enjoy lying down on someone else’s sweat, wipe your damn station and bench after every use. It’s an important thing called hygiene, just respect other members and do it.

Have fun and enjoy it

After all, it is a hobby, so enjoy it. You’re only impressing one person going to the gym and that’s you so remember to train with your ability and not your ego. It’s about getting the best out of yourself and pushing your limits whilst improving your body. You’re going to get haters, so use them as your motivators. If you enjoy it who cares, keep going and prove everyone wrong.

Now get into the gym, headphones in and do your thing!

Stephen Kierans
Stephen Kierans is an Irish journalist from Louth with an obsession of sport and fitness while also writing some lifestyle and tech piece

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