I enjoyed doing a fitness post last time and I have decided to make a series that will based on the questions I receive and a weekly workout reveal. Anyways, I decided to make a short list of the things that will make you a successful gym goer!
- Gym Etiquette- Guys, there is probably nothing more important than gym etiquette. For me, it was required of us in high school to use our machines quickly, but while still finishing our sets and it was required for us to clean the entire weight room after we completed our workouts for football, or even as a class. It seemed really unnecessary at first for me, but I honestly couldn’t thank my coaches enough for instilling that simple discipline in us. In the real gym world, there is no one hovering around you to make you clean up after yourself or to make you use the machines in a proper amount of time. Respecting your fellow gym goers and gym employees is important. Remember guys, someone has to pick up the mess you leave behind, so don’t be that guy! And also remember how inconvenient it is to wait on a machine or station, so don’t waste time while using one. It is going to ruin another person’s workout as well as your own.
- Routine- it is essential that you get into a routine while looking for “gainz” or whatever your goals are. There are plenty of resources to find above average workouts, unless you are comfortable making your own routine which is also fine. I would recommend copying online workouts from a reputable website at first, until you get the feel for what your body responds to the most, and it is important to keep in mind that one workout may be perfect for one person, but barely effective for you, so don’t get discouraged
- Get a gym partner-Staying motivated at first is the hardest part of the fitness life. As mentioned previously in my last post, it is because people expect results immediately because they completely cut there Calorie intake and make ridiculously intense workouts that are almost impossible to complete. A partner will keep you motivated and in check, because you both will go through times of doubt and discouragement initially which is fine. It is your job as that person’s gym partner to keep them going and challenge each other to get the best results possible. A little friendly competition will only make your workouts better and even more interesting, but do as you please and do whatever you all may enjoy.
- Be Patient-realize that right now your goals will take time. There is no magic pill that makes you go from a couch potato to a lean massive body builder overnight. Drastic changes regarding your body are gradual and time consuming. You will start to see results relatively quickly, but if you are looking to lose 40lbs or gain 30lbs of muscle you should go ahead and expect to work hard and consistently for a considerable amount of time. It will be well worth it in the end and you will be able to reflect on all the work you put in, but it is not an overnight process, just stay motivated and you will achieve your milestones.
- Eating Habits-the most neglected but essential part of the entire process is dieting and/or eating habits. Your body thrives off what you put into it and your weight is based off this as well. If you want great results you must have great eating habits, and there is no way around this. It is also the most mentally challenging part because it is easy to fall for temptations while out with friends or while you are alone at home with like an entire bag of Doritos that you are supposed to avoid at all costs. The only advice I can give you is to realize that this could ruin all your hard work and to remember why you are on the mission that you are on. If you REALLY want to achieve your goals then you must abstain from poor eating habits and embrace the fact that your goals depend on a lifestyle change.
Q: You mentioned the importance of Calories in your post, how do I track them?
A: I had a hard time counting my intake for the longest time and just gave estimations, but I settled for this app called “My Fitness Pal” on the app store. I’m not sure about android users but I know for apple users it is on the app store for free and it is pretty good. I recommend it for anyone trying to keep their calories counted. It has an under armor logo on its logo and as of today was the second result on the search.
Q: What do gym memberships cost?
A: There isn’t really a set price for gyms in general, but the lowest I have paid is $20 a month and the gym I go to right now is $30 I think, but I’m a student at the college so I don’t have to pay. Some gyms offer couple discounts and family plans so it is worth checking out and asking the owner if they have any deals.
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