• Chantal Porter

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Joined The Gym

Updated: Aug 26, 2019

Working out should be a part of everyone's daily routine. It get's the blood pumping around the body and gives a sense of fulfilment. I can say this with utmost confidence because I have experienced it myself. In about July of 2018, a few months before I got married, I decided to join a nearby gym. I was convinced that I would lose the weight in all my 'problem areas' and get down to my ideal size. Needless to say that did not happen! I did in fact lose a good amount of weight but I did not meet my goal fully because I did not hold up my end of the bargain.

From the outside, the gym appears to be this magical place that fixes all your health problems and grants you the hot body that you have always dreamed of. I watched so many people purchase their gym membership and receive the exact results that they wanted while others who claimed to be working just as hard reaped only insignificant results. My question is, what separates them? Why can one person totally smash it in the gym while another simply crashes and burns from frustration. Based on a self assessment, I believe that I am now able to understand why.

Here is a list of 8 things I wish I knew before I joined the gym.

1. One exercise does not fit all.-

I don't know if you have ever fallen victim to this idea but I did. As a newbie to the gym I would basically go in and mimic the exercises that I saw everyone else doing. Ultimately, I had absolutely no idea what to do, so everyone working out at the time was my instructor. You can check out my article on working out from home for beginners if you don't want to embarrass yourself in the gym as a first timer. Now, exercises are meant to target different areas of the body so be mindful of which ones you actually do. It might also be wise to invest in a personal trainer.

2. You will need to put in physical and mental work.-

Working out in the gym, contrary to popular belief is not just a physical experience. It requires a certain level of mental readiness to push through the workouts on days when you'd rather stay at home and do anything else except exercise.

3. You don't need to compete with anyone else.-

As a newbie to the gym you might feel pressured to level up to the veterans. Even while writing this article now I'm still shaking my head at how silly I was to a certain extent. As human beings we sometimes find opportunities all around us to compare ourselves to others. Now, don't get me wrong, this isn't all bad but it should not be a constant in our lives. It is okay to go at your own pace sometimes and set your own milestones especially if you want to last in the gym.

4. Your results might not come as quickly.-

This is somewhat of a spin-off of my previous point. Our bodies are all built differently so what worked for John or Jessica might not work for you. Somestimes it may require a bit of trial and error to find a workout plan that delivers the results that you want, and that is okay. Try to take things slowly and overtime your body and mind will transform.

5. Don't get discouraged if you slip up on your diet etc.-

One of the major things that I wish I knew before I joined the gym was that people cheat on their diets all the time. Now before you put your guard up, I am not saying that cheating on your diet is right, but it happens. The good thing is, whenever you do you can simply brush yourself off and go again.

Let me know if you enjoyed this post and what other posts you would like to see.

"With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now".-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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