I know that many people are intimidated by an idea of going to the gym. Some of you may be afraid to finally start working out, even though you know you need it and it’s healthy. Others simply don’t know where to begin and how to start exercising. It may be intimidating because of the gym people that always there or a trainer that may judge you, or any other reason. In reality, starting any training program can be fun and it does not require a lot of background knowledge. All you need to do is to actually go to the gym and figure things out when you’re there.
It is not as difficult as it seems. First of all, you need to get familiar with the gym language. You have several sets and reps of exercises to complete. For example, you’re using hand weights. Lifting the weights to your chest and going back to the original position would be one rep. After you completed 15 reps, you may take a break. That means you completed one set of 15 reps.
Work on your muscle groups
Your upper and lower body require different kinds of attention. You can work on your upper body muscles such as triceps, biceps, back muscles and chest every Monday. Continue working on your lower body (gluteal muscles and legs) on Tuesday. Don’t go to the gym on Wednesday. Then start again on Thursday with your upper body, continue with your lower body on Friday and relax on Saturday and Sunday.
It’s very important to find a right balance between your workout sessions. Your body also needs to rest, relax and recover. If you work on the same part of the body two days in a row your muscles will not have enough time to recover.
Free weight and machine weight
You can find all sorts of equipment at the gym: barbells, dumbbells, benches and machines. You can use a combination of machine and free weight during your workout sessions. This way your body will get a variety of exercises for a better weight loss.
Don’t forget to warm-up before you start your weight exercises. You can either do some stretching or start with a light weight program. You need to slowly increase the loading and weighting for a safe work out. You should always talk to a gym trainer before you start a new set of exercises. The trainer will show you how to maintain the correct form.
You can tone your body by combining high sets of reps with a light weight workout. If your goal is to build stronger muscles then you should choose heavy weight and a smaller amount of reps.
If you have never exercised at the gym, one of the first things you need to do is to identify your goals. You need to decide what’s important for you: to lose weight or stay fit. The goal will simply help you establish your gym routine to maximize the result. Don’t be afraid to start something new. You never know how exciting it may become.