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"2022 - Start hitting the gym"

One of the most common’s new year resolutions is: “I’m going to start hitting the gym”. But the problem is that some people struggle to really do it.

Starting at the gym can be terrifying and it even has a name: "Gymtimidation".

We get that if you are out of shape it could be a little intimidating to walk into a place where there are a lot of people in shape and with a lot of confidence. Even more, if you have no idea what to do or where to start.

That’s why we would like to share with you 6 tips to get started at the gym and take advantage of it.

1. Have a clear goal

You can go to the gym for different reasons: because you want to lose weight, because you want to improve your overall health, because you want to build muscles, etc.

And for every one of these approaches, you will have to take a different route at the gym. So the very first thing you should do is to set a specific great goal. After setting this one big goal, cut it out in many small and achievable goals to keep you motivated.

2. Schedule your workouts

It is very important to have specific days and times to go to the gym. Schedule your workouts beforehand by looking into your weekly schedule and setting up the times that work better for you. And make a commitment to go every time your schedule says that you need to go. Scheduling your workouts will help you resist the temptation of staying home.

3. No one is watching you

It doesn’t matter if the person who was using the machine before you, was lifting 3 times what you are about to lift. It doesn’t matter that you look so unfit next to that guy or that girl.

Everyone else is minding their own business. Don’t worry about being less fit or more fat or weaker than somebody else. Of course, you can check out how someone more fit is doing an exercise and even ask him to help you do it. You can also reach out to one of our health coaches to help you or choose one of our Personal Training packages.

4. Workout plan

You need a workout plan. And this workout plan has to be linked to what your primarily goal is. You shouldn’t follow the same workout plan as someone who is trying to run their first 5k if your main goal is to lose weight. Depending on your goal you will focus more on endurance, fat burning or muscle growth. For that, you can also book your appointment with our Nutrition Consultant and make your body scans with InBody770. By measuring body composition, an individualized health plan can be created to best fit your goals and personal needs.

5. Push yourself

Always listen to your body, and if you feel like you are not giving your 100%, work harder. In the other hand, if you are too tired, give yourself a rest. Know your limits, but try to push them sometimes.

6. Warm-up and cold down

Take the warm-up and the cold down as part of your workout. Warming up helps increase blood flow to the muscles, getting them ready for the workout. You can book your spot for our classes through our app and get your warm-up done.

Cooling down helps your heart rate gradually return back to a normal level. It can be a stretching session at the end of your workout. Both of these parts of the workout help you prevent injuries and are very important for your performance.

Bonus tip:

Μusic can affect your workout. Working out with your headphones helps you isolate and if you listen to a playlist that motivates you, it can help you push way forward.

If on the other hand, you are a more social person, having a gym buddy can boost up your gym performance. If you have a gym partner you can motivate each other, keep accountable for each other’s goals and even reduced intimidation. You can also push each other in rough days and help each other to show up at the gym consistently.

For more information you can contact us through Instagram, Facebook or at 70004545.

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