Advice For Gym Newbies!

June 21, 2017

For any fellow gym bunnies out there who have been hitting the gym for quite a while it can be hard to remember our first day when we were all new to the scene, back when we had no idea what a deadlift was or how on earth the stair mill worked. I can't help but wish I had read a few tips or ideas beforehand on where to start and what to do, and while there are probably many within a Google search I wanted to write my own for those new to the fitness world. So, without further ado here is my advice for you gym newbies out there;
These are the huge weights only badasses can lift
1. Set yourself a plan - I used to go to the gym and wing whatever I was doing without even knowing what half of the equipment was for and as a result I progressed very slowly. With a plan you can focus on a specific body part each day and find the machines or equipment needed for that part.

2. No one is looking at you or laughing at you - It can be a bit daunting to be jogging next to your leisure centers local model or be weightlifting next to the dude who looks like a tank but I can assure you they don't care who you are or what you're doing. As soon as you learn to focus on yourself you'll enjoy it!

3. If you're unsure how to achieve your goals then see a trainer - Its why they're there! Believe me they get paid to help people so don't be shy in asking for advice, they'll probably write you out a little plan to stick to for a while or will supervise your sessions and make appointments with you.

4. Safety first - When using weights or weighted machines start with a low weight that you can do more reps of instead of going right for the highest and only being able to do one rep with it. Not only will you not make any progress, you can seriously hurt or damage yourself so start off humble!

5. Don't expect miracles - Going to the gym every day for a week and then crying because your favourite dress still isn't quite baggy enough is daft, your body needs time to adjust to the new regime! Take your time and results will follow you.

6. EAT - I cannot stress enough that cutting your food amount in half and working twice as hard WILL. NOT. WORK. I've tried and all you end up doing is making yourself tired, lethargic and have no energy for the gym. A balanced diet with your recommended daily calorie amount is more than okay!

Yeah I dont like running I just took a good photo

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  1. This is a super helpful post. In regards to number 2, I went to the gym a few weeks ago for the first time and I was stressed out the whole time thinking someone was looking at me. As for number 5 I only ate cereal around 6 hours before I went and I felt so weak after and had no energy I could hardly stand. I will definetly keep what you said in mind next time I go to have a better experience xx

  2. Girl, I absolutely love this post! These are amazing tips and I love the last one: eating is so important and people don't realize what your body goes through when you stop eating. <3 Nat

  3. I'm really trying to get into fitness at the moment and this is really helpful thank you!

    Kirsty | The Monday Project |

  4. Loved this post, so helpful as a gym newbie! X