Tips for beginners in the gym

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This is my first blog of sorts and I am aiming to offer tips and advice with little bits of my own experiences thrown in. I’m going to try and cover a range of topics from training to nutrition and anything else that comes to mind at the time, any comments/questions are welcome and I’ll do my best to answer!

I understand that starting in the gym for the first time can be daunting experience…we’ve all been there at some point, and even those of us that do this as a job had to start somewhere. I remember at 17 walking around aimlessly picking up random dumbells for a few curls and just copying what I saw other people doing, trying my hardest not to look like the only guy in there that had no clue what to do.

In hindsight I know that none of the guys in there could have cared less what I was doing or even noticed I was there at all! If I’d known better I would have sought out some professional advice to save me a lot of time. So that’s what I’m going to try and do for you, some helpful tips if you are thinking about getting (back) in shape.

  • DO set a goal and know WHY you want to achieve it (I will talk about goal setting more in another post). That WHY is what will get you in the gym after a long day at work so give it some thought.
  • DON’T expect results overnight. You didn’t put the weight on in 2 weeks so don’t expect to have a 6 pack after 3 weeks of training. Take things slow. 1-2 pounds a week is a realistic target for weight loss.
  • DO keep track of your food. You will be surprised how many people think they eat well until they have it written down in front of them. MyFitnessPal is a great app for tracking food.
  • DON’T let yourself be discouraged by other people. You may have to sacrifice the odd Friday night takeaway or Saturday night out in town but think about WHY you are doing this and stick with it; it will be worth it in the long run.
  • DO be consistent. With training. With your diet. You have to commit yourself fully if you want to change. One day a week won’t cut it; neither will 3 days one week and none the next. If you want to make a change then set aside some time to make it happen. As a start 3-4 hours a week is a good target.
  • DON’T be like me at 17 and walk around aimlessly. Have a plan and stick to it. If you are unsure of where to start then ASK. Personal Trainers love talking about training…trust me. Be honest and tell them what you want to achieve and ask their advice. Most good PT’s will talk to you and help you for free (Note…we do this job because we like it!)

 

I will follow this with more specific advice in later posts but hope this helps point people in the right direction!

 

Alex

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