15 Things No One Tells You Before You Join a Gym
Gym is like life, and life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re gonna get. If you think that deciding to go to gym regularly is the toughest part, you have another thing coming. The best thing to do is to immediately stop expecting that everyone has the same habits. Seriously, do not expect that from people you see at the gym, because you will be endlessly disappointed. Whenever you have a lot of people who sweat in same place at the same time, it can be a bit tricky. That’s why we made this list for you, so take a few minutes to read it before you join a gym!
1. How many people can actually be at a gym? The answer is- there is no limit on the amount of people who join the gym, especially when it comes to bigger chain gyms. The thing is, not all the people who sign up are going to visit gym regularly, just like you didn’t last summer, remember? So when it becomes a little crowded, try not to feel aggravated. Instead, find a free piece of equipment and wait for the majority to quit after a few days.
2. There are certain machines at the gym that absolutely no trainer would ever recommend to anyone. So why are they there then? Yeah, that’s one of the universal secrets we still have no answer to. While you can still see people who use ab machines regularly, the most of trainers would not say nice things about the efficiency of machines like these. That’s why it is best to ask a gym trainer everything about equipment before you start exercising.
3. Are you revealing too much at the gym? Ladies, sometimes those tights can be a bit too see through. We don’t say you need to buy the most expensive items at the store, just try not to reveal your assets to the whole gym. And trust us, it happens more often than you think. To test your gear, bend over and check out if your behind is getting naked while you are exercising. And remember, the rest of the gym doesn’t need to know what kind of underwear you have.
4. Have in mind that personal trainer doesn’t always get paid. This means that each time you don’t show up, they won’t get paid for your session. In order to avoid uncomfortable situations, find out the cancellation policy before you sign up for a personal training. If you don’t show up for your session and you get charged anyway, don’t get it out on your personal trainer. That’s just the policy of the house.
5. It is not impossible to workout during Prime Time! Prime time reaches its peak somewhere around January, and you might feel like every single machine is being used. But don’t be afraid of this, on the contrary- make your appointment during prime time so you can see how crowded gym can be. As we mentioned, January is the busiest month, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the year will be so crowded.
6. Gym is not just about the gym. That’s right- people who get serious about going to gym start to feel change in their lives. This change is not only about how they look, but also, how healthy the feel. The more you exercise the more you become aware of the importance of a healthier life. You will start eating healthier, counting calories will be the main part of your daily menu and you will realize that alcohol is not doing you any good.
7. Always expect to meet the Big Guy at the gym. Big Guys love to think they know everything. If you are a newbie, you will definitely receive a few tips from the Big Guy because, you know, he lives there. And sometimes you might just learn something really useful! But even if you don’t learn anything useful, it’s always good to be nice to the Big Guy. You don’t want a mountain of muscles to hate you, do you?
8. You will get to know A LOT of people, but you will never really know their names! It’s kind of inevitable to meet people at the gym, and sooner or later, you will start talking to them. Your conversations might even be bigger than training and gym, but as your gym buddy walks away, you will realize you never officially introduced to each other. That’s also fine, many gym relationships work that way.
9. Saunas are always more similar to wonderland than to anything else you have encountered before, so be sure you approach your gym sauna with an open mind. In some parts of the state (cough, LA, cough) people even bring fitness equipment into the sauna and they workout in there. If you don’t think you would be fine with all the nakedness and weirdness, maybe it’s better not to visit sauna at all.
10. With time, you will learn how to read a personal trainer’s behavior. Don’t be surprised to learn that personal trainers actually compete against each other. It is very important to learn how to embrace their advances. Have in mind that later, if you stay at the gym and continue exercising, it is a good sign when all the personal trainers acknowledge you, but they do not offer you personal training.
11. If you plan to make your fitness dreams come true, be sure to stop trying to look cool in gym. Even though you are surrounded by a bunch of people you don’t know, this might come handy for you: use the fact that you don’t know anyone to stop trying to look cool. Yes, there will be people with awesome bodies that will make you weep at night and hate chocolate pudding, but if you do your best, you can achieve your goals too.
12. You don’t really have to go to every single class. Gym will of course try to get you there as frequently as possible, but there is no need to feel pressured. Naturally, it is better for you to go as often as you can, but have in mind that gym has to be squeezed into your timetable and not vice versa. Pick your goals, and then pick the best classes that will make your goals real. And don’t be afraid to consult instructors to help you if you can’t choose.
13. Don’t faint when you realize that hygiene rules aren’t universal. Also, not everyone uses space the same way. This means that there will always be that guy who starts conversation completely naked, as if it is the most natural thing ever. Also, people sometimes don’t wipe machines after they finish working out, but it doesn’t mean you should do the same. If you encounter this type of behavior, just wipe it just as you normally would after your exercise and carry on with your day.
14. Remember that your induction will be about the gym, and not about you. In most gyms you will have an induction program set where you will see how to use equipment in order to achieve your goals, but this talk will be mostly about using this equipment safely. Our recommendation is to request an assessment that is more thorough before you start exercising. This way you will avoid hurting yourself and you will achieve your goals easier.
15. Expect that all your T shirts will be in the wash when you need them. It is just like that: when you start going to gym, you never have enough clean training clothes. There is no reasonable tip for this problem. Either you buy one million T shirts, or you just realize it is pretty easy to wear the same training kit all week long when laundry crisis strikes. And it will strike you, you just wait and see.