The Beginner’s Guide To The Gym

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Well done. Joining a gym is undoubtedly a positive move if you want to improve your health and fitness – the facilities, equipment and classes available will open up your exercise regime to a vast range of possibilities.

However, walking into your new gym for the first time can be a daunting experience, because it’s a step into the unknown. Getting the most out of your membership requires more than plodding on the treadmill for five minutes then repeating the same three dumbbell exercises each and every time you visit, you need both a plan and the willingness to try new things if you’re going to get the most out of the cash you’re handing over.

Fortunately, we are here to help on both counts. We have beginner guides to gym staples like the treadmill and the weights room, and for people getting back into fitness there’s a six-week plan that introduces a variety of exercises without pushing you so hard that you give up after the first week.

For those who want to be a little more adventurous, we also have a guide to gym equipment that you might not have tried before, like battle ropes and the assault bike.

Once you do get a little more experienced, it’s time to start trying our massive range of workouts and training plans to suit everyone, whatever your level of fitness or overall goal is. We have bodyweight and free weight workouts, as well as sessions for the treadmillexercise bike and rowing machine. It’s definitely worth checking out some of our workout ideas for the cardio machines, because using them gets boring very quickly if you stick to the same routine all the time.

Before you get to all of the above, however, make sure to check the three things you should do when you first join a gym – it will get you off to the perfect start with your membership and your New Year fitness goals.

Nick Harris-Fry
Senior writer

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.