Committing to a gym membership is actually a big thing, and should be seen as such. If you’re not prepared to actually use your gym membership before you commit, you’ll no doubt end up skipping sessions until you’ve dropped out completely. Then you’re paying for something you’re not using, all the while telling yourself, ‘I’ll go tomorrow’. Many of us have been there. I’ve been there a few times! The gym membership I have now is the only one I’ve stuck to – for an entire year! I believe it’s only because I took the following steps before I joined that I’ve stuck to it for so long. Take a look and you might just reach your goals!
Get the Exercise Bug
Before I joined the gym, I did a bootcamp for quite a while beforehand. I loved the bootcamp, and it really helped me get into exercise. However, I decided I wanted to get into bodybuilding with weights, and to do that I needed to join the gym. I knew that when I joined the gym I’d stick to it, because I’d been going to my bootcamp at least 3 times a week for months. Before that whenever I’d joined a gym, the novelty would always wear off. You don’t need to join a bootcamp; maybe start exercising in your living room or outdoors a couple of times a week. Get yourself into a routine.
Do Your Research
I did a lot of research before I joined a gym this time. When I had gym memberships before, I’d spend an hour on the treadmill and think that I’d had a great workout. But I wasn’t doing any resistance training, and I thought that calories were the be all and end all. The more I researched, the more I realised that building muscle was the way forward. Make sure you do lots of research so you understand more about how the body responds to exercise.
Set Your Goals
Now it’s time to set your goals. Do you want to bulk up, lean down, or build muscle while keeping the fat off? Get a picture in your head of what you’d like to look like. Remember, you can make your body the best it can be. But you can’t make it look like somebody else’s body. Use them as inspiration!
Invest in the Right Gear
Gym equipment helps to see me through a grueling workout. I have an armband for my phone, so that I can listen to music. I have a pair of earphones, although they aren’t great at the minute and I’m going to invest in a quality pair. My trainers were expensive (Asics), but a year later they are going strong! I like to treat myself to new gym wear from time to time too, like Berlei sports bras and patterned leggings.
Make Sure Your Head’s in the Right Place
To stick to this, your head needs to be in the right place. You need to keep a positive, focused mindset. I used to sabotage myself all the time. I think subconsciously, I thought I couldn’t do it because I’d never been a ‘fit’ person. I’d been a chubby kid who hated exercise and that was ingrained into me. I’ve completely changed my way of thinking, and you can too!