10 Tips for Joining a New Gym

If you’re in the market for a new gym membership, I highly recommend shopping around for a fitness home that fits your style. Here are my top 10 tips for reducing anxiety and increasing your rate of return at a new gym and/or exercise class:

  • Timing: Know the class time duration, and arrive early to talk with the instructor.
  • Introduce yourself: It’s an ice breaker and a time to meet instructors or fellow classmates.
  • Speak up: If you have questions or need modifications, let the instructor know.
  • Hot spot: Pick a spot in the room that is “comfortable.” I pick a place near a mirror to watch my form and stay relatively close to the front so I can see the instructor.
  • Take breaks:Towel and water REQUIRED! Catch your breath, towel off, sip water, and avoid overexerting yourself.
  • Pleasure Principle: When in doubt of the exercises, just dance!
  • Cool down: Always stretch and cool down. Your muscles will thank you later!
  • Clean up: Disinfect your workout space. It’s just good germ-free, gym etiquette.
  • Follow up: If you enjoy the class, ask the instructors or attendees about other classes they attend or lead.
  • Buddy System: Taking a friend to class or meeting a buddy at the gym can hold you accountable and decrease anxiety.

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