I forgot what it felt like to be a new person in a gym. I’ve been preaching healthy living for years, but gosh – I forgot how hard it was to get started.
Will you forgive me, please?
Up until last week, I always did my workouts at Next Level Fitness Studio. I was able to workout there for free since I taught at the studio, but since I gave up my classes I was on the hunt to find a new gym (closer to home).
I haven’t been the new kid on the block in years. All that changed, yesterday.
I purchased a membership to a gym close to my house last Thursday. I did it through my insurance company to save on the membership, (Thanks, Blue Cross Blue Shield!) so I never actually had to go into the facility. I spent Thursday through Tuesday trying to psych myself up to step foot into the place. I finally did it yesterday. It was awkward…
Wanna know what happened first? I always like to do a 5-10 minute warm-up before I get started. I hopped on a treadmill, increased the incline, and started walking. I was on there all of 3 minutes before I stepped right off the back. When you come off the back of a treadmill, it’s not graceful. I had this bad mental movie flash through my head – all the employees were standing around the security camera watching me fly off the back of the treadmill on repeat (not that we ever did that at Fitness One). Thankfully I caught myself on the handrails, but the treadmill screeched loud enough for everyone in the area to turn and look at me as I pulled myself back up. Embarrassing.
I am not new to gyms or working out, but I still spent half my time walking around trying to find what I needed and the other half trying to figure out their machines. I knew what I needed to do, went in with a plan, and still had a hard time executing. After an hour, I’m still not sure where they keep the plyo boxes.
I had forgotten what it felt like to start a new routine at a new place. It’s hard! I know I’ll have everything figured out soon enough, but man, it made me miss the comfort of the private studio.
If you’re looking to start a new fitness regimen, or join a new gym, I have a couple of suggestions that, unlike me, will have you feeling a like a pro in no time!
- Most gyms either offer an orientation class or a free personal training session to get you started. Take advantage of this! If the orientation class wasn’t during a time I was already teaching, I would jump on this in a heartbeat!
- Get a group fitness schedule. If the weights intimidate you, start with a group fitness class. I’ve mentioned how much I love these classes before (here), but a group fitness class will help kick-start your fitness program.
- First time to the facility, take a walk (or two) around the place to figure out where they keep everything. I didn’t give myself enough time to do this yesterday.
- Go in with a plan. There’s nothing worse than walking around aimlessly trying to figure out what to do next. If you don’t have a plan from a trainer, download a workout from a blog, website, or magazine and know how to do the listed exercises before walking into the gym. It’ll take some trial and error to figure out what weight to use, but have a basic idea of the exercise.
- Don’t get discouraged. It may take several visits to begin to feel comfortable with your new lifestyle, new gym, and new workout routine. Don’t worry – it will get easier.
- Finally put your headphones on, crank up the music, put a smile on your face, and do you. Keep your blinders on, focus, and push yourself.
My workout felt clunky, but I must’ve done something right! My legs haven’t been this sore in a LONG time. #ohmyquads