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How to get the most out of your gym membership

16 April

Maximising your gym membership enjoyment

Enjoy gym membershipWhen joining a new gym it is important to not only think of your training needs but also how you can get the most out of your gym membership so that you feel motivated to return on a regular basis to a gym. It is all to easy to get discouraged or just lack the enthusiasm to train if you are not happy at your gym and so here are a few tips to help.

Gyms often have many options available like classes, saunas, jacuzzis, so that it can sometimes pay to checkout these if you are getting to a point where your training program looks just a little more than you had anticipated.

  • Don’t try to do too much too quickly you will only end up hurting yourself. Most clubs will give you a free personal fitness assessment when you join and help you put together an exercise programme.
  • Set yourself achievable goals. Its helps to ask the club staff to advice you a suitable exercise regime to achieve your goals. If your goals are vague you won’t know if you are having any success. Don’t just say I want to lose weight – say I want to lose 2 stones within six months. The staff will be able to tell you whether your goals are realistic and achievable.
  • Ask the staff to show you how to use the equipment. All clubs will show you how to use the equipment when you first join but it’s a lot to take in and to remember. Don’t be embarrassed to ask – you can injure yourself very easily by using sophisticated resistance equipment wrongly.
  • Take part in free classes if your club offers them. Free classes are the best way to get into a routine quickly and you get to meet other members. If you don’t get into an exercise routine within the first five or six weeks of your gym membership then you probably never will.
  • If you are as unmotivated as me you may need to hire a personal trainer. It’s surprising how we will all do those extra press ups just so we don’t look stupid in front of a complete stranger. Sessions can cost anything from £15 to £40 on average and maybe a block of 10 sessions is all you need to get going.
  • If you are not the sociable force make yourself say hello to other members. It’s really important to feel part of the club – if you set yourself apart from the beginning you are unlikely to us the club regularly.
Well I hope these tips help you to get the most out of your gym membership and remember if you have any other tips you think might be helpful then please leave us a comment below – remember these comments are there for all to see and benefit from.

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Andrew Kitching