4 Steps To A More Comfortable Workout
by Jasmine Evans.
What’s a typical trip to the gym like for you? Imagine the cacophony of grunts and groans coming from the weight machines, or the booming base of a nearby HIIT or Zumba class. Sound like fun? Definitely not for everyone.
“It’s no wonder over 80% of the 40 million Americans who pay for gym memberships aren’t using them.
There have got to be a few ways to change this. Luckily we talked to a few industry veterans who know the differences between the members that quit and the ones that achieve their goals. Here are a few ways to help.
1. Plan to go: This might seem obvious, but Damien Johnson who has over 12 years in the fitness industry, says that the biggest mistake new gym members make is failing to plan. Making a plan to go—even going as far as making a regular gym appointment—can increase your feeling of comfort and chance for success.
2. Get a detailed tour: Many of the franchise gyms only give new members a cursory summary of the layout of the gym. Instead of settling for this overview, request a more detailed tour. Ask how the machines work, so you’re not fumbling with them later. Inquire about what those “Cardio Sculpt” or “Body Pump” classes actually entail. Ask for a phone or zoom appt with the instructor before class to allay any fears.
3. Make a friend: Studies show that people who work out with a friend or in groups exercise more regularly and lose body fat at a faster rate. This kind of accountability helps to make the gym less scary too. With a friendly face in the crowd, you may feel less self-conscious and more free to enjoy yourself.