From the outside looking in a gym can be a pretty scary place. We imagine gyms to be filled with gym rats who deeply care about fitness and know what they’re doing. To walk into a gym without a clue as to what to do next can be a pretty scary thing. Before you venture into the lion’s den you should know a thing or two. Don’t worry, we’ll answer your questions before you use your next temporary gym membership.
A lot of people think that if they’re new to working out they’re in need of an expert. The truth is there isn’t a universal answer to this question. While personal trainers can provide a wealth of knowledge and support, so can Google and a workout buddy. If you’re really serious about working out you may want to consider having a personal trainer for a couple weeks until you feel comfortable navigating your workout and the gym without a trainer. When you feel like you once again want to take your workout up a notch, return to a trainer for a couple weeks.
This all depends on what muscles you’re working out as well as your overall fitness level. If you’re new to working out your body may feel particularly lethargic after a workout. When you’re just starting out be sure to listen to your body, eat the right recovery foods, and stretch after workouts. If you alternate the muscles you’re working out you shouldn’t need more than a two-day rest before getting back in the gym.
I must admit that I too fell victim to this myth when I first started working out. This is a common held belief because we see so many muscular men stop working out and subsequently become obese. The reason for this is most likely that their workout stops but their eating habits do not. To be a muscular person you need a high intake of calories. However, if you load about the house instead of using those calories you’ll inevitably gain weight. If you stop working out muscles, you will simply slowly return to the same state you were before you began working out.
those ranks of mysterious machines were incredibly intimidating when I first started going to the gym. A 'starter pack' of a trainer and lessons would really have helped.
No one one 'needs' a personal trainer, but it is sometimes good when you are just starting out so you definitely see results and they can teach you all you need to know about get fit and what to eat etc.