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Your First Day at the Gym

Posted By Lovepanky On July 9, 2010 @ 8:39 am In Body and Soul | 1 Comment

So you’ve finally decided to shed the Michelin tire and looking forward to your first day at the gym? If you’re going to the gym for the first time, you need to know a few things and a few people at the gym. But fret not, we’ve got all the gym tips for your first day at the gym.

First Day at the Gym | Going to the Gym for the First Time

If you’re going to the gym for the first time, there are a lot of things you should know. Your first day at the fitness facility can be tricky, confusing, and noisy!

If you don’t want to make a fool of yourself, here are a few rules that you could follow when you’re going to the gym for the first time.

Gym tips – Going to the gym for the first time

As you walk into the gym with those scrawny muscles or those lumpy thighs for the first time, you are bound to be surprised and in awe.

Every instrument would look so confusing and complicated. Don’t worry about any of these, and just relax.

Most people start to panic as soon as they walk into a gym, and it’s their first day at the gym. But know this, the biggest confusion isn’t the equipment, it’s the people!

All fitness facilities have instructors who can assist you with equipments and help you learn how to use them effectively, and it’s the fitness trainer’s job to do that.

So you could just ask them to help you out. Anyways, the first few days or weeks, you wouldn’t be involving yourself in any strenuous exercises.

Your instructor might just tell you to do some stretching exercises or maybe even make you lift a few pounds. No big deal.

For the sake of your muscles and ligaments, avoid any strenuous workouts for the first couple of weeks. Just run on the treadmill or cycle a bit to loosen your stiff muscles. And you could also do the simple exercises on low weights with the help of your physical instructor, just to make sure that you’re doing it perfectly.

So that’s one part about your first day at the gym that you really don’t have to worry about. But what you really have to worry about when you’re going to the gym for the first time comes next.

The new faces when you’re at the gym

Entering a fitness facility is like walking into a funfair. You are bound to see a lot of new faces, and an assortment of physical appearances. It’s like entering a small town. And everyone out there inevitably involve themselves in one group or another.

Your friends on the first day at the gym

If you really want to work out and have a great time at the fitness facility you’re going to, you need to understand the people there and make the right friends. Almost all the men and women at the gym can be categorized into the following groups, and you can take your pick and choose!

The Muscle Squad

These are the ones who think muscles are everything. Even their head seems to have inflated to make space for any more muscles that may be on its way. They lift heavy weights and are almost always men. The ones in this group love flexing their muscles in front of the mirror, and love pointing out tips to the lower mortals in the gym. Their aim in life may be to look like Hulk Jr., and they do everything they can to look like one.

The Dwindlers and Dawdlers

This bunch doesn’t want to be in the gym in the first place. Their eyes are groggy in the mornings and they’re already asleep on the treadmill if they workout in the evenings. They are the ones who are pushed into the gym by their partners or loved ones because they don’t seem to fit into their pants anymore. Nor are they wanted in bed.

The dwindlers and the dawdlers are not necessarily fat, they are just not happy with their physical appearance. They lift low weights because they really can’t lift heavy ones. Or they sit down and warm the seats of the bench press machine, and rub their arms and neck like they’re stroking something else. And well, as we all know it, they are the butt of most jokes made by the Muscle Squad.

Well, we’re just getting warmed up. If you’re going to the gym for the first time or it’s your first day at the gym, click here to continue reading about the types of people at the gym.


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