Many people think all they need to do to loose weight and get fit is join the gym and get their membership card. It is not as simple as that. You do have to show up and put the hard work in. This is often where another problem comes in.
What do you do when you actually get to the gym? Although the health and fitness thing is not as complicated as some professionals will have you believe, there is a fair amount of science behind what we do, and the average gym goer will need to have a bit of knowledge to get the most out of their gym sessions.
Media does not help with this either. One month we are told cardio is the fitness king, the next month cardio is useless. Celebrity trainers like Tracy Anderson will have you believe that women should not lift more than 5lbs and then we are told “Strong is the new Sexy.” All these mixed messages mean people end up going to the gym and doing the things they know how to do and the stuff they are good at. Unfortunately, the stuff most people know how to do is not the most effective and the things they are good at are probably not the things they need to work at.
There should be qualified and experienced staff on hand to advise and guide you through the gym. You should really be getting some kind of needs analysis and possibly a movement screen to highlight what you need to work on to get you closer to your goals. A structured programme should be devised for you to follow when you train. In reality, this just does not happen in most gyms. A cursory walk around the gym whilst showing you how to programme the cardio equipment and adjust the seat on the fixed access machines is what you get.
If you don’t know what to do when you get to the gym and there is no one there to help you, it is no wonder that 4-6 weeks into the New Year you have given up. Lack of discernible results and no change in performance is not going to encourage you to continue.
Choose a gym that has staff on hand to help you and remember, ask when you need help. It also helps to attend instructor led classes or sessions. Sign up for an indoor or outdoor boot camp, go to yoga or pilates classes, or do spin or a martial arts class.
For most people the best place to start your fitness journey is to enlist the services of a qualified personal trainer. So many people say they want to get fitter and stronger before they see a trainer. That is the equivalent of waiting until your cavity heals itself before you go to see a dentist. A qualified trainer will design an appropriate and safe programme for you, provide you with all the guidance and support you need to get you started on the road towards your goal, and help you every step of the way on that journey.
If you are in Chichester and are looking for the right place to get started, you should definitely come and see us at Core Results. Not only do we screen and assess each new member, but our facility is run on an appointment basis, so each time you come to the gym be it for a personal training session, group class or to just train on your own, we make sure that someone is there to help you every step of the way. We also expect our members to ask for help from our trainers, even if they are training on their own and the trainer is busy training other members.
Book in now for a free consultation and let us show you how we can get you to your goals https://coreresults.co.uk/find-us/