Lifestyle, Mental Health

What I’ve Learnt From My First 6 Months at the Gym

Ok, so I’ve been going to the gym for like 6ish months now. And, don’t worry, I won’t be suddenly transforming into a fitness blogger any time soon (or ever). I still don’t really know what I’m doing, but I’m having fun and feeling better and that’s what’s most important to me.

However, I have learnt quite a few things along the way. So, I thought I’d share them in this post as this is exactly kinda post I was looking for before I took the plunge and joined!

(Before we get into this, I’d just like to say that this is all completely from my own personal experience. Please seek professional advice surrounding what you should be doing with your own workouts!).

No one is going to laugh at you

This was my biggest worry when I first joined the gym. I had never been to one before, had no idea how to use most of the equipment and was really worried that people would just laugh at me. But, no one does. Everyone is too focused on their own workout to care, and some people will even help you if you’re a little stuck with something!

Weights then cardio

This was only something I discovered recently but, wow, it works.

I’d been training cardio first and then weights pretty much every session, as weights seemed like more of a cool down activity. However, I recently read an article (I can’t find it now though, oops!) that said that training this way around helps endurance, but training the other way around helps muscle gain.

As the whole reason that I’m going to the gym is to get stronger, it doesn’t really make much sense for me to be training for endurance! So, I’ve switched it up and wow I can really feel the difference. I can lift more now, and I feel like my body is gaining a lot more from the cardio element.

Girls can lift

And should feel no shame in doing so! Weights aren’t a gender specific section, and they can be fun!

Warm up sets work

Like, seriously, they work. Zack laughed at me when I said this to him like yeah obviously, but I thought it was just of those things that people do for the sake of it. But no, they really help engage the muscles!

Listen to whatever helps you

YouTube videos, podcasts, the radio, an audio book, whatever is best for you! Personally, I have a gym playlist that consists of the Shrek soundtrack and Ariana Grande and I love it.

Classes are helpful (not scary!)

I feel like we all get a little scared about classes because they seem intimidating. But, they’re actually a great place to start. They will teach you how to do certain things properly, and then you can make the decision to either keep going or do your own workout!

Wait a while before showering

Your body needs to sort itself out. If you shower straight away, you will get very cold very quickly and that shit hurts.

Stretching is important

In the same breath, stretching after working out is important too. Don’t skip this because you’ll really feel it the next day!

The PT’s might offer you sessions, but don’t let this knock you!

At the end of the day, personal training is their job and how they make a living! But, just because they try to sell you a few sessions when you are already working out does not mean that what you are already doing is wrong.

What do you think of going to the gym? Any tips/tricks? Let me know in the comments!

Love,

H x

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