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5 Tips for Gym Newbies

There is a first for everything at some point in our lives, even a first time going to the gym. So whether or not you are an avid outdoor exerciser or new to exercising altogether, here are a few tips to making your first trip to the gym a pleasant one.

  1. Don't skip the new member tutorial -- It's helpful and informative.
  2. While they do it on TV and in the movies, slamming your weights down on the floor is not considered cool.
  3. Grunting, also not cool.
  4. If you're going to be doing a marathon session on the treadmill, make sure there are not others waiting to use it.
  5. Check out your gym's cell phone policy before having your daily phone convo with your sister on the elliptical.
  6. *Bonus Tip: Wipe your sweat off anything that acquires it, it's just common courtesy.

Have your own tips for newbies? Add them in the comments section below.

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reese05 reese05 10 years
My friend and I are thinking of going to a gym..but am afraid of what people say that it is easier to gain weight once you stopped going to the gym. Is there any truth to that?
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
love the no grunting tip. :)
sparklestar sparklestar 10 years
If you are female - wear a shirt over your sports bra! Urgh, there are so many women at my gym who work out without a shirt on. WTF?!
discocactus discocactus 10 years
Oh! And don't go commando under your pants. Seriously. Or a thong. That's just wrong for a lot of reasons, but it's not pretty to watch someone's rear end flopping around. I can't imagine how uncomfortable a thong would be...ick.
discocactus discocactus 10 years
Don't drench yourself in body spray (usually a problem with men, but still.) To echo what others said: Don't hang all over machines while talking to your friend. Also, if you find yourself talking more and sweating less you probably should work out alone. I hate waiting for machines to free up because two women are barely lifting weights. There's a difference between going slow and steady and so slow it's barely a workout.
AMP AMP 10 years
You're at the gym to work out, not make friends, so shut it! :)
Cher Cher 10 years
1. Don't hog weights, cables, balls, Bosu balls, etc between sets. If you just finished your set, let someone else use it to do their set, then they will return it back to you in time for your next set! 2. When walking on an inclined treadmill don't hold on for dear life! I see this a lot because people think they are burning a lot more calories by walking uphill.. when infact by holding on tightly you are assisting your legs and negating the calories burned on the display! Just walk as inclined and as fast as you can comfortably without holding on to maximize your workout! 3. Do your socializing in the designated area (couches, locker room, etc). I get so annoyed when people are doing this in the free weight area in front of the mirror - the mirror is there to monitor your form, not fix your hair!
blackjade blackjade 10 years
*Don't use the time you're resting between sets to have a full fledged conversation w/ your friend for 5 minutes. It's a workout bench - not your couch. *Don't be afraid to lift weights - don't let the weight room become a boys club.
millarci millarci 10 years
I completely agree with smartypantssugar! I absolutely hate it when people have their big gym bags on the floor! It drives me nuts. At the very least, keep it out of harms way and have some consideration for everyone's safety. eaker and total made good points as well. :) My tip: Wear the proper gym entire (gym shorts, sneakers, sweats, etc). DO NOT wear jeans! Jeans make it harder to breath while working out. DO NOT wear boots, sandals, etc. Wear sneakers. The soles of other shoes are not meant for cardio machines (especially treadmills), because the soles are slippery. The soles are also not meant for lifting weights for the same reason.
kgtg1 kgtg1 10 years
Don't bring your children and then think it is cute to let them run around and to play with all the machines/balls. It's not cute to anyone but you. This happens at my gym A LOT since its in my condo building. They are going to get hurt or hurt someone.
total total 10 years
Don't feel intimidated or self-conscious about what you are doing or how you look. Everyone is there to improve their fitness and everyone is at a different level. Also, as much as you worry that people might be looking at you... they're more than likely not :)
smartypantssugar smartypantssugar 10 years
Use the freakin' gym lockers. They're there for a reason. It's completley rude, let alone unsafe to take your big tote bag on the gym floor. This guy at the gym always has a huge bag near the weight machines, and someone's going to trip on it and seriously eat it one day.
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 10 years
My tips for hitting your college gym...just in time for everyone who is joining to avoid the Freshman 15 and making it harder to get a treadmill for the rest of us!
syako syako 10 years
I wrote about this in my blog... here's a link of a whole bunch of etiquette tips.
eaker eaker 10 years
My tip: Don't use gym equipment as a chair so you can sit and talk to your friend. Chances are someone wants that machine.
NdHebert NdHebert 10 years
Ask questions if you have them! I love when someone see's me getting off a machine and asks me how to use it. Not only am I helping them, it makes me feel like a workout buff. :D And ask the trainers, thats what they are there for.
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
hehehe :) thanks!
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