New To The Gym? Here’s What You Need To Know
Up to 35% of Kiwis have multiple gym memberships1, as they seek out gyms that specialise in certain areas, as well as standard gyms. This means that a lot of gyms are welcoming new members, in addition to people who have either never set foot in a gym or haven’t done so in a long time. Newbies at any gym need to know how to use the equipment on offer and the rules of the gym, which comes down to gym owners offering induction sessions and personal training to ensure everyone is comfortable and kept safe.
Know the equipment
If you’re new to the gym, or it’s been a long time since you were in one, things have probably changed quite a bit. Sure, most equipment will be the same, but even the treadmills and exercise bikes are more technical than they used to be. It’s helpful to know how to properly use any piece of equipment before diving in to avoid the risk of unnecessary injury. Habit trainers and staff are always available to show members how to properly use any of the equipment. This can be a good time to discuss specific fitness goals. For example, you may want to work on your upper body strength but don’t know very much about strength training. Trainers can recommend other equipment, such as the BOSU® ball and show you how to use it safely to meet your fitness goals. Bosu Balls are also great for working on stability, and don’t place too much pressure on the joints. Discussing these details with a trainer will help you understand what you need to do to reach your goals.
Become Part of Habit Community
It can be quite tempting to just pop your headphones in and zone out while doing your own thing in the gym. While there’s nothing wrong with that, there’s a whole Habit community you might be missing out on. Amazing people working on personal improvement through fitness, improved mobility or injury recovery. It can be quite encouraging to socialise a bit between sets or after class. Group classes are also a great way to make new friends. For gym bunnies who spend a lot of time in the gym, simply saying ‘hello’ or smiling at someone who stands out as a new member can go a long way, and vice versa.
Still coming to grips with the gym? Talk to our Customer Service team about our amazing group fitness classes or personal training to get you started. Remember, it was everyone's first time once.
Guest Writer, Lucy Weston – Lucy writes about personal experience, health and fitness, and life in general.