Tips for first time gym goers

REIZE Ironman Dimity-Lee Duke

REIZE Ironman Dimity-Lee Duke

Gyms can be very intimidating places. The first time I ever went to a gym I was so nervous that I’d make an idiot of myself  that I was sweating before I even stepped into the place. It turns out that I fell off a treadmill so my fears were warranted. Recently I felt the need to join a gym, which may or may not have something to do with me running out of breath going up a flight of stairs. It’s important to be healthy and gymming has the added benefit of making you look and feel better. Even though it can be a scary concept, in reality, it’s really a safe place. Here are some of my tips for a gym-virgin’s first time:

  • Make use of Open Days and Free Passes

Most gyms have open days when you can come in and see the lay of the land – i.e. find out where the toilet is for hiding and showering – and see what facilities and classes they have. A good few also offer day passes where you can test out a class or two and attempt to use some gym equipment before you commit to anything.

  • Don’t Pretend to Know What You’re Doing

The regulars can spot a newbie from the moment they step in the door. It’s a very rare person who just knows how to use all of the gym equipment. In fact, the internet is full of vines and videos that show people not using equipment properly. If you want to get the most out of your gym experience, and not injure yourself, schedule a training session with a personal trainer, or take a class. Everyone has to start somewhere.

  • You Don’t Need the Fancy Gym Clothes 
REIZE triathlete George Gwynn - if it's good enough for George it's good enough for us

REIZE triathlete George Gwynn - if it's good enough for George it's good enough for us

There is no real need to spend a fortune on clothes that you’re going to ruin with sweat and stretching. All you need are tank tops, shorts, leggings and a good pair of runners. Yeah, there are some pretty sweet sports clothes out there, but you don’t need to look great inside the gym, you’re there so you can look and feel great outside of the gym. Look around a gym if you’re ever in one, everyone is wearing some form of shorts and tank top outfit – maybe a sports bra and leggings for the ladies.

  • Take a Class

If you’re a complete gym-virgin, I highly recommend taking a class so you can learn the basics of fitness. The classes will be full of people of all ages, sexes and fitness levels. There is nothing to be scared of. I was terrified when I went to my first body pump class, but even though I was the only newcomer that day it was fine. The instructor was great, very enthusiastic and everyone was at different weights. Classes are a great way to ease your way into the fitness world, plus they can be fun.

  • Bring a Towel

Hopefully you are going to be working up a sweat at the gym. When this happens you’ll be glad you have a towel with you. Some gyms do offer towels, but they usually charge for them! Often bringing your own towel is mandatory, so do yourself a favour and follow the Hitchhiker’s Guide: bring a towel.

  • Hydrate!

Water is your friend at the gym. With all that sweating (and for all I know crying in the bathroom between reps), you’ll need to replenish your parched body. 

  • Have a REIZE

Before you head off to the gym have a REIZE, whichever way you like it. After a long day of classes or sitting at a desk at work your mind and body can be exhausted. Help yourself get motivated for a work-out by boosting your energy levels. Same goes if you prefer to work-out in the morning. REIZE contains 6 different B-Vitamins, Caffeine, Taurine and Ginseng which combine to give you a great pre-workout boost. So REIZE up to your potential for a great workout. You’ll be glad.

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Written by Orlaith Costello

The drink itself - goes great in a glass or bottle

The drink itself - goes great in a glass or bottle