So you have finally decided to join the brotherhood (sisterhood?) of gym rats and fitness freaks? Welcome on board to one hell of a roller coaster ride! While you gear up for your transformation journey from a jelly-bellied human panda to one of the biggest and baddest humans to ever walk this planet, here are a few things you should keep in mind so that when you step into the gym, you step in as a badass and not just another bad ass. Ready? Here we go!
Always Carry A Towel (And A Smile)
Treat the gym as you would treat your home. Do walk around your house all sweaty and dirty? Exactly! The fact is that gym is a place to sweat and grind yourself, but this doesn’t mean that you give up on basic hygiene. Always carry a towel to wipe the equipment after you have used them, clean the mat or the bench and definitely do not throw your weight around…quite literally! Etiquette is the difference between badass and dumbass. Don’t be the latter!
Don’t Expect Magic
Remember you are signing up for the gym not Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! No matter what anyone says, you are not getting 6 packs in 10 days just because you joined the fanciest gym in town. The insanely shredded men and women whom you idolize on Instagram, YouTube or SnapChat had to work hard for years to get where they are today. This doesn’t mean you have to wait for 10 years. In fact, you may even transform yourself in less than a year’s time. But remember, there’s a lot more than just hard work that goes into the forging of that iron like body, some of the other ingredients apart from hard work involve the right dedication, right guidance and most importantly the right diet. In fact, as the saying goes, “Abs are made in the kitchen”.
Never Back Down
Going to the gym for the very first time can be intimidating. Especially when you see some of your fellow gym goers pumping mad iron! While your heart is probably telling you to turn and run, remember this – that Hercules who’s killing it with those 25-kilo dumbbells was once a skinny kid and the Wonder Woman who’s doing 100 kilos weighted squats was once a plump teenager. The point is that everyone has to start somewhere, instead of giving up, get inspired and crunch some iron!
Get A Helping Hand
The first time you walk into the gym, you will be baffled by the variety of equipment. From the treadmill to various plate loaded equipment, depending on the gym you join, you will have access to a bewildering array of equipment. It is super important to have the staff give you a tour of the gym. Make sure you are paying attention to the demo by the staff. The last thing you want to do get injured by using an equipment the wrong way. Also while we are at, another advice is always to listen to your instructors when it comes to working out. They have training and experience and they know what they are doing!
Just follow the above and you would be welcomed into the folds of the brotherhood with open arms. You will make new friends and learn whole new things about your body too while you are at it. So once again, as you gear up for this amazing journey. We wish you all the very best!