Going to the Gym…For the First Time

First of all… I always tell people/friends/clients; find an exercise you will actually enjoy it. But, in my opinion, it is difficult to enjoy gym at the first few sessions and could be a bit uncomfortable.

You’ll see a lot of fit people who look like Greek gods, who really know what they are doing. People who lift heavy weights like it’s a paper, who run on a treadmill like it’s the most enjoyable thing in the world. And of course, like everywhere else you will also find jerks who are standing in front of the mirror and act like they own the place… but to be fair, people like this could be found everywhere.

However, you will also meet a lot of good people that came to the gym to do their training and you’ll be surprised how nice people they (we) are after they (we) take down the “gym face”. 😛

(By the way…”Gym face” a face when you look very angry and unhappy because you’re dying and you’re questioning yourself why the hell you are doing this to yourself during intense exercise).


SO, WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT THE GYM?

The gym doesn’t look very exciting. Like lifting weights and running on the treadmill. And to be totally honest, this is absolutely the list exciting thing in the world.

Then, what is it about?

It’s about being better you. It’s actually competing with yourself. It’s about striving to be better than you were yesterday, last week, last month…eventually last year. It’s about improving yourself. It’s about getting faster, stronger, slimmer, healthier… it’s about improving your body and also your mind.

In the gym…you compete with no one but yourself. And trust me this journey can be very rewarding. It is rewarding when you are able to do a one leg squat after months of training. It is rewarding to see that you can lift heavier weights after a few sessions and of course it is rewarding to see changes on your body. Nonetheless, changes in your mind and the pleasant feeling after you finish a difficult workout, should not be unmentioned.


But like I said. First time in the gym can be pretty much uncomfortable. You come to the gym and you probably don’t feel hundred percent happy with your body or your current fitness level. And that’s why you come to the gym. To start working on it and to change that!

My personal opinion: I respect 150kg person in the gym much more than a lighter person who is stuck home on the sofa, watching soap operas, eating chips and drinking cola. I see that a person came to the gym to change that! And I deeply respect that.

Look…. in the gym everybody (or at least most of the people) came to the gym to do what they came for. To do their own workout and to go home and to do their stuff. And the reality is that people care about you much less than you probably think. But of course… there will be idiots who will judge you, who will criticise your work or whatever. It happened to me too. But let’s not give those jerks the satisfaction of getting you out of the gym and preventing you from reaching your goals. 😉


GET YOURSELF A GOOD PERSONAL TRAINER!

If you’ve never been in the gym before. Invest some money in a personal trainer. But a good one. I mean… they are rare….almost like unicorn rare…but they are there… somewhere.

Talk with your trainer about the issues, about your concerns, about your goals about everything you want to know. PTs are professionals, they know how to work with people, they worked with people like you before and they will help you. A good personal trainer is going to design you a training plan individualised just for your goals and needs.

I’m telling you this from my own experience: I started my fitness journey in a high school and of course, I didn’t pay for a fitness trainer. But the result is a chronic pain in my knees right now. Because I didn’t know enough about fitness and training… I didn’t train the right muscles and I was doing the wrong moves… I’m tellin’ you, not good!

If you cannot afford a personal trainer, try to find a small workout group with approximately 6 people. In a small group like this, you will work under supervision and a trainer will still be able to have control over the whole group. Searching for a group like this might need some more effort (because you usually don’t find this in commercial gyms) but totally worth it.


PERSEVERE

Please, if you are determined or if you were determined to achieve something in the gym… then do it for at least 4 weeks. Don’t quit just like that. And if you still don’t like it after a month then you have my permission to quit (but you have to find another active hobby).

And just that you won’t say I didn’t tell you: you will be in a pain for a period of time. Just a short, though. 😉 And after a while… you might become a crazy person like I am now… and you will start to appreciate and love the pain and sore muscles.


Lastly… a transformation from non-active person to super fit person like from the cover magazine…will take quite a lot of time. So, be patient.

Oh, no…sorry. This is my last tip: even people from cover magazine don’t look like people from the cover magazine. So, just be the best possible version of yourself. 😉

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