Planet Fitness has an entire business model based around first-time gym members.
“Did you know that most of our member’s are first time gym members?”
That was what the salesman said to me as I looked around at a group of doughy old people and lost soccer moms. The better question would have been “Are you planning on using the Bench Press?”
Make no mistakes, that was not my first gym, nor did I have a huge problem with going to it. You can’t beat $10 a month. I can also say they helped me lose a ton of weight.
However, I quickly realized I wasn’t a beginner and had to change gyms.
What if I am a beginner?
Being a beginner at a gym is great, once you get over your fears. Gyms are intimidating. There are all of these people that can use this equipment, and you can’t.
“What if I don’t know how to use the equipment?”
Ask. Always ask. Ask someone that looks approachable (of the SAME sex). “Excuse me, I am new, can you show me how to use this machine?”
It is that easy. I used to workout with a blind man. It was an inspiration. PLUS we were all there to help him. Meatheads typically check their attitude at the door. Remember no one is ever the strongest person at the gym.
What do I wear?
Exercise clothes. Get a t-shirt, male or female it works. During warm weather go with some shorts. Also get you some shoes to workout in. I am not a powerlifter so I recommend Sketcher’s for the ladies and Adidas for the men.
GLOVES! For the love of all that is holy! No one wants to hold your crusty hand. I don’t want angry women emailing me about their husband’s hands feeling like sandpaper. They don’t have to be expensive because you will eventually throw them out. They aren’t there to prevent injury, they are there so you don’t feel like you tear trees down with your bare hands.
What else should I take?
Water, take water. Drink water while you are there. You will be sweating, so you need to get a lot of water back in you fast. Sip don’t gulp. Nothing is more embarrassing than throwing up in the gym (aside from showing up naked).
Hopefully, this will help get rid of some of your beginner butterflies.
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