Getting Started in the Gym

26 Aug Getting Started in the Gym

So, you want to get in shape?

When you’re new to working out, joining a gym and beginning a new exercise regimen can seem like a daunting task. With so much conflicting information out there it’s hard to know how frequently you should workout, what exercises to do, and how long you should be in the gym for. For these reasons, it’s essential that you start by setting a clear goal of what you want to achieve so that you can structure your workouts accordingly.

1.) Defining Your Goal

Are you looking to lose body fat? Gain muscle? Or maybe just stay healthy and increase your overall energy levels? Having a specific purpose in mind when you begin any new workout regimen is essential to ensure that your plan matches your goal. Take time to determine what you really want to accomplish by being in the gym before paying membership fees or signing up with a trainer.

2.) Plan Accordingly

Whatever you’re looking to accomplish, it’s important to have a clear action plan when you go to the gym to make sure your time is not wasted. If you’re new to working out, be sure to consult with an expert when creating an exercise routine to ensure that your regimen aligns with your goals. They will assist you in determining what exercises are best suited to your goals. Most gyms offer introductory memberships that include a free consultation or session with their certified trainers.

Have a clear plan that you’re committed to with all details spelled out including frequency, duration, and exercise selection. Individuals who start with a pre-determined exercise plan have a much higher success rate than those who have a vague plan to “start working out”. When you have a well-defined goal with clear action steps that you are committed to you are much more likely to stick with the program and get the results you want!

3.) Assess Your Progress

At regular intervals, it’s important to assess your progress to ensure that your action plan is getting you to the goal you are looking to achieve. What this looks like can vary depending on your goal but is essential nonetheless. If you’re working to lose body fat then you should test your BF percentage at regular intervals (every month, 6 weeks, etc.) to be sure that you’re progressing in the right direction. This allows you the opportunity to adjust your plan if you’re not getting the results you want or, if you are making progress, it’s extra motivation to see that your hard work is paying off! Regardless of your goals, regularly checking your progress is essential to long-term success!

4.) Make it a Life-Long Habit!

Regular exercise improves your physical/mental health, increases your energy, and improves your overall quality of life! It’s vital that you make it a regular part of your routine in the long-term. Even if you reach a set goal such as reducing to a certain weight or body fat percentage, incorporating regular exercise into your weekly routine will contribute to a happy and healthy life!

Remember, the hardest part is getting started! When you’re new to the gym it can be an intimidating place but keep in mind that everyone begins somewhere. If you clearly define your goal, plan accordingly, regularly track your progress, and make it a perpetual habit you will certainly steady results!