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You Don’t Need to Be A Fitness Pro To Join A Gym

by Dasha Romanowski on Wednesday 9 October 2019


Trying something new can be pretty daunting, especially when that new thing conjures up images of perfectly toned people working up a sweat on machines you didn’t even know existed. The good news? Joining a gym isn’t as terrifying as it seems, here’s why…

It’s about you, not everyone else

The truth is, joining a gym is all about doing what’s right for you. Maybe you’d like to lose some weight or set yourself up with a healthy routine. Perhaps you want to train to run your first 5k or build strength and muscle. Maybe your friend got you to sign up with them and you thought you’d give it a go. Whatever your intention, going to the gym is a highly personal experience and you can work towards your goals on your own terms – flashy activewear or not.

At a multi-offering gym like Virgin Active, you can jump into one of the 200+ weekly expert-led group exercise classes like cycle, boxing, yoga, Reformer Pilates or Grid HIIT training. Or work with a Personal Trainer on your fitness and nutrition goals. Jump into the pool for some laps or, relax in the sauna and spa. The good news is that it's your choice; everybody else is busy thinking about their own goals, so you can too!

It’s ok to not know what you’re doing – beginner isn’t a dirty word

Many people are worried about being judged when they’re new to the gym. Everyone’s going to stare at you when they see you on the bench press and just know you don’t belong, right? Wrong.

The fact is, most people are focused on their own workout and achieving their own fitness goals, not what other people are doing. And remember, even the most experienced gym-goer was also once a beginner who didn’t know what they were doing. Still not quite sure? Take a look at what to expect from your first time at the gym to help settle those anxieties.

Start slow

When you first start working out, it’s easy to sweat the small stuff (pardon the pun). How many sets should you do? How long should you rest for? Should you work out in the morning or the evening? When you’re new to the gym, the most important thing to do is learn how to use the equipment safely to prevent any injuries, then build up your level of fitness slowly.

Support is always available

If walking into the gym makes your head spin from all the possibilities for your fitness regime, you’re not alone. It’s pretty common to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices available: Cardio? Weights? Classes? If you need some pointers at the gym, our expert personal trainers, coaches and staff are available to answer any of your questions and set you on the right path. No matter your level of fitness, we’re here to provide you with the support you need to get you feeling at home at the gym in no time.

Ready to make a change for the better? Book a personalised tour at Virgin Active today and banish the gym anxiety for good!

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