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Saturday, 3 September 2016

Beginners Guide To The Gym | Building Confidence - My Top Tips

Hey everyone,

I feel like Health and Fitness has started to become a huge part of my life now and it is something that i'd like to share more of on my channels as I seem to do more of that on a daily basis than anything else. I am also half way through my Fitness course, due to be qualified end of November 2016. I would love for you to check out my lifestyle & fitness youtube channel -> you can click here and subscribe. I did upload a Gym Confidence video on there too if you wanna check it out. Also a lot more health and fitness will start to be featured on my blog so I really hope you enjoy it.

I had not shared a lot of fitness posts before except when I was competing in a show so to start it off I thought that a confidence post would be interesting. If you're wondering how girls get that gym confidence...then read on and after this post, hopefully you can put some of these tips into action and let me know what ones you are gonna try? :-)

1.  GO TO THE GYM AT QUIET TIMES - Obviously if it's quiet there won't be as many people around so you won't feel judged and its the best time to try out exercises to make sure you feel confident doing them and get used to certain machines. You can also get used to the gym floor and where things are as theres nothing worse than standing in the gym when your nervous enough and not having a clue where anything is. Then once you build your confidence you can go at busier times and know what you are doing so that will take some of the nerves away.


2. GO WITH A FRIEND - This will make you feel more at ease, you can try out exercises together and then if you do something wrong you can just laugh about it with your friend and it doesn't feel so intimidating walking into the gym. One thing I will say though,  don't rely too much on going with someone as you will need to do workouts alone too and you don't want to get so comfortable going with someone that when you go alone you feel too nervous. One time I use to always go with a friend and when she couldn't make it, (which started to be quite a lot) I didn't want to go either and would start missing sessions. Then she quit but at that point I had it in me to keep with it as I new deep down I wanted to go so I pushed myself to keep going on my own and from there was when my fitness journey started I guess.


3. GET A PERSONAL TRAINER - This is a little bit the same as going with a friend as you have somebody with you but a personal trainer will support you and guide you through your workouts and so will make you feel so much more at ease in the gym and with the workouts you do, etc. This can be expensive though so isn't for everyone but there are always fitness instructors on the gym floor. They are there to answer any questions you might have and they can show you how to use machines. It's always best to ask for help if you are unsure on something, even if it's something little. It's better to do it the right way then do it wrong and injure yourself. When you join gyms you usually get a plan put together for free by an instructor so that is definitely worth doing.


4. NEW GYM OUTFIT - This can give you so much confidence if you feel good in what you wear. If you look the part, you will feel the part. A new gym outfit can also give you motivation too :-)


5. PLAN YOUR WORKOUT - It's better to go in the gym having an idea what you will be doing. You don't want to get there and feel lost and have no idea where to start and end up doing a few easy resistance machines and then leaving, I use to do that a lot back then. There are lots of workout ideas you can find on the internet these days and you can search how do almost any exercise on youtube so do a little bit of research before you go. Writing a plan on your phone or taking a notepad with you can just help keep you on track and prepare you for a better, more successful workout. I am uploading a Legs workout to my youtube tomorrow evening so make sure you are subscribed to see that: click here for my channel - LifeWithCarlyC


6. START WITH THE EASY STUFF - Gradually work your way up in the gym. Don't feel like you need to rush into anything or copy anyone because everybody's at different levels. There are so many different exercises out there but just stick with the basics to start with. Maybe start with resistance machines if you are nervous, they usually have a description and picture on the machine to show how to use it and what muscles it works, etc.

7. BE SOCIAL - Do some classes or join a run club, something where you get to meet other people. In classes you get all levels of fitness and it is easier to follow an instructor. You can also take note of things that you learn in a class and put it into action in the gym. Being around other people similar to yourself who may be new to the gym will help you ease into exercise and you won't feel alone. I use to stick to classes a lot in the beginning but it definitely did help with my confidence.


8. MUSIC - This can give you confidence as well as motivation. For me if i'm listening to a good tune with a good beat, it can make me feel like 'yes, I can do this' I feel like as I walk around the gym that I am confident just because of the song I might have playing. Maybe thats just me anyway? lol


I really hope you liked this post. I can't wait to start sharing more fitness on my blog so make sure you are following so you don't miss any future posts. You can follow on bloglovin too which is an easy way to see my posts all in one place - click here and go follow my Bloglovin page :-)

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  1. I really enjoyed this post.

    These are some really helpful tips & I'm sure this will bring comfort to many people who are anxious about hitting the gym!

    Your pics are great too!
    Keep up the fabulous work!

    Love
    Charlene McElhinney
    @blogabtnothing1
    www.charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you liked it :-) x

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