Last week we talked about finding a good gym. We also talked about a trial workout. This week we shall dwelve deeper into the matter so that you will know how to make the best out of your first real experience at a gym.
A good idea is always to know beforehand what training routine you will do there so that you won’t have to think about it on the premisis. Choose for example a bodypart that consists of large groups of muscles like the chest, back or legs and focus on a handful of good, basic exercises.
There are two main instances when you will go training. If you go alone on your trial workout, don’t hesitate to talk to the gym staff or other members for help (like when you need a spotter or some training tips). Of course, you can go with a friend and this is especially useful if the person already trains there and you can direct all your questions to that person. Not to mention that you have a spotter ready at hand. Also, if possible, try to follow the same routine for ease of training and spotting.
For your trial workout it is best to go at a quieter time so you can get used to the atmosphere. Good times are late morning or early afternoon. You can also ask the gym staff of such times as they can differ from gym to gym.
Take a look at the clothes that you will be wearing during the training session. If the gym is nearby you can go in your training clothes, but if it is far or the weather is hot, better bring a change of clothes and put the training gear on in the locker room. Focus on practical clothes rather than the bling, you surely don’t need that in the gym.
During the workout be focused and don’t let others distract you while training. The ideal thing is to enter a training mood and concentrate solely on what you are doing, but that comes with time and practice. At the moment, try focusing on the training and not on the music, etc. Also, don’t forget that you are there to train and get in shape, not to socialize. Leave the discussions for the end of the training session or the breaks between sets if the subject is short.
While in the gym, don’t totally ignore the other trainees in the sense that you can talk with them about training, equipment and so on. Most of them are friendly and while they can be busy with their own training routines, they can be a source of information.
After the training finishes, think about the time you spent in the gym and if all the positives are there, you can sign up.