My top 10 tips for any beginner in fitness.
1- We all started at ground zero. We have all been "there" the beginning where you are not sure what you are doing. The point here is that you shouldn't feel like you are the only new person. You are among a lot of beginners that started off in the same way and you can use them for advice and encouragement.
2-Find a gym that feels like your second home. Being comfortable in the place you are working out is important. You will be spending time there and you should confident around the staff and members.
3- Gear up with the right stuff. Training can take a toll on your body but not having the right shoes or clothes can be as equally annoying. Make sure you have the proper gear for what your goals are. Trying to run a marathon? Make sure you have running shoes that support your feet. If you are doing weight lifting, try to find a shoe that has a flat sole with cushioning to support your training.
4-Lifting does not make you bulky. Lifting creates shape. The more muscle you have, the leaner you become and more fat is lost. Having more muscle might not equal pounds lost but that is ok if you go down 2 dress sizes right?
5- If you don't know, ask ! So many times people in the gym will are afraid to ask questions. If you are ever in the gym with me and you see me, ask all the questions you want. Asking questions will help you learn. Better yet, hire a trainer to teach you what you should be doing. If you don't know how to bake a cake from scratch you wouldn't go into it blind would you? Training is the same way. Find someone who's an expert and has the knowledge to give to you.
6- Starting at a gym hold this weird expectation that you need to be in shape before you even get there. How does that make sense? Think about it this way, no one is ever paying attention to you ( unless you are doing something you shouldn't be doing like bicep curls in a squat rack) so don't fear that people are watching. Training can be tailored to your fitness level.
7-Know gym etiquette. If you use something put it back in the right spot. If you used a machine, wipe the sweat off of it. Don't sit on a piece of equipment for the whole time you are there. Just use common sense when you are in the gym.
8-Working out should be fun and you should be nice to others, but don't have conversations with people unless both parties engage. If you see someone, wave hi, if they take out their headphones you are clear to talk if not, wait till they are done training.
9-If you want community, try a group class. Nothing helps bring out your competitive side than training with friends or meeting some new ones. Some of the best classes I have taken were of new things that I did with friends. Sick of boring cardio? Do a spin class. You will change up your routine and maybe find a new workout buddy.
10- You are not alone! If you are a beginner, there are so many people willing to help. All you need to do is express your interest and I know that someone will help you! IF you need help, reach out to me, I am always here for advice about training, nutrition, and supplements. After all this is my job !