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It’s ok to be new...

So as I’ve already seen a post making fun of the soon to be “resolution-ers” in the gym, I would like to make a post for anyone that has “getting fit” in their new years resolution. Here are some helpful hints if it’s been a while, or you’ve never been to a gym.

1. Start slow and set a reasonable goal. A lot of people set a resolution like “I’M GOING TO WORKOUT 6 DAYS A WEEK” Most likely not, you’re probably going to burn out. Start with something small that you’ll commit to. Like doing 30 mins 2-3 times a week. (It’s going to be packed the first 2 weeks anyway.)

2. Be courteous. If machines have a time limit, stick to it. If they have a sign up, use it. Re-rack your weights. Put all other equipment and mats where they belong. Wipe it down when you’re done. WIPE WHATEVER YOU USED DOWN, please.  If everyone leaves equipment and weights lying around then the gym will have to pay for it, which means you may end up paying for it with increased membership dues, keep the gym clean!

3. If you’re unsure ask, even if staff isn’t trained in personal training they should at least be able to point you in the right direction, if there’s one particular movement/lift you’re not understanding then ask. That being said, don’t abuse this privilege, if you don’t know anything, consider paying for some personal training sessions.

4. If you’re lifting, don’t lift too heavy! Use, good form, watch yourself lift. Don’t injure yourself right out of the gate.Good form at a lower weight will yield better results than poor form with a higher weight.

5. Stay hydrated, EVERY DAY. not just days you go to the gym. Definitely start with 8 glasses of water, on days you work out you will need to replace what you lose.  If you continue to drink little to know water you will get headaches and cramp up at the gym.  If you’re not a fan of water try cutting up fruit and letting it sit over night ( you can still eat the fruit), or make some green tea the night before, feel free to put a bit of honey/lemon and/or sliced ginger in it!  Get good fluids in!

6. You don’t need to spend a butt load of money on supplements/clothing or equipment.  You do not need to run out and spend $500 on a pair of Nike shox and bag of lululemon work out clothes.  If you have the money and want to, go for it.  If you have ZERO work out clothing I suggest buying a few things and washing frequently.  Wal-mart has great deals on work out clothing, and while I have ZERO confirmation if this is true, I’m pretty sure that a lot of their stuff is just relabeled Fila gear.  I have bought the EXACT same leggings, same stitching, pattern and everything from Kohls and wal-mart.  They also have work out gear on their clearance racks all the time.  (Ladies, get a sports bra.)  I also buy a ton of my stuff from Kohl’s.  I love Fila’s leggings, tanks and shirts.  They are frequently 30-40% off.  Kohl’s also has a ton of decent Asics’ and New Balance shoes in the $40-$60 range.  If you are good with credit cards get one of their store cards.  They send you additional coupons for 15,20 or 30% off.  I usually do my shopping with a 30% off coupon.  The reason I recommend Fila, Asics’ and New Balance is bc Nike no longer lets you use store coupons on their stuff anymore…so sad.  Kohl’s also has great clearance racks too.  I picked up three Nike medium impact sports bra’s for less than $50 a couple weeks ago. The point is, you can get some decent gear that will last you a good while inexpensively.

7. Be safe!  I’m actually referring to your items (purse, street clothes, phones, key etc) now.  Buy a lock and use it.  As much as I’d like to say honestly people hang out at the gym, not everyone does.  Put any valuables in a locker and keep it locked up.  I have my keep on a hair tie and secure it to my water bottle so I don’t forget it. 

I hope this can at least help one person that may have been apprehensive about starting a new work out routine this new year’s.  Don’t worry if you think it’s cliche to start at the new year.  Go for it, do your best and be consistent!