Joining a gym can be daunting. There are so many machines and muscle-bound people, how do you know where to start?
On your first visit a Surge Fitness PT will show you how to use the gym, guide your form, and get you set up with a workout plan based on your personal goals.
To get you started, whether you’re a first-timer or coming back after some time off, here are a few key things to avoid at the gym:
1. Expecting Instant Results
There is no “silver bullet” when it comes to exercise: achieving your goals is the result of hard work and dedication. Instead set a check-in date with your personal trainer and keep track of your progress.
2. Unbalanced Workouts
Focusing too much on one muscle group is not only ineffective, it can be downright dangerous. Without balance and variety, your progress will quickly taper off and you may be risking injury.
3. Bad Form
Performing exercises properly will prevent injury and maximise results. Always focus on your form, even if it means decreasing the weight a little to get it right. If you don’t know how to use gym equipment, our PTs would be happy to show you.
4. Focusing On Only One Form Of Workout
Like #2, it’s important to train in different ways for real results. Cardio is important for strength training like weightbearing and resistance exercises help to shred fat and get lean.
5. Not Getting Post Workout Fuel
What you put in is what you get out. That goes for food as well: it’s important to replenish the energy you used in the gym with healthy, high protein food. Check out our favourite high protein breakfast recipes for inspiration.
6. Skipping Warm-Up and Cool-Down
Stretching and light cardio before and after a workout will help you prevent injury, recover faster and get more from your gym sessions.
7. Setting Unrealistic Goals
There are motivational targets, and there are unachievable goals. When you join a gym set goals that will push you but not break you, with the help of a PT.
8. Wasting Time
When you join a gym you’re there to sweat and achieve your goals so use your time efficiently. If you’re struggling to stay motivated, try changing things up with a group fitness class.
9. Overdoing It
Working out too often, or for too long, can lead to exhaustion and injury. The same goes for lifting too heavy or using the wrong equipment.
10. Treating Yourself Too Often
Rethink your rewards: instead of celebrating every small milestone with a sweet treat, save the money and use it to buy yourself new gym gear when you hit a big target.
11. Throwing in The Towel
We don’t mean this literally – please bring a gym towel with you! Joining a gym can be hard, but after just a couple of weeks you’ll feel so much better for sticking at it.
Ready to hit the gym? Join this month and we’ll waive your joining fee and throw in 3 sessions with a Surge Fitness PT.