A 'gym fresher' is bound to feel out of place going for the first time but these tips help...
Going to the gym for the first time can be super awkward or better put intimidating!
A 'fresher' is bound to feel out of place going to the gym the first time (apart from checking yourself against buff/chiseled people who seem to have gotten a hold of their life while you're in a state of confusion)
It's great to prepare ahead before going to the gym as the first time may go a long way in shaping your experience. From (reasonable) expectations, guidance, comfort, functionality, convenience and more there are things to note when going to the gym for the first time.
1. Know what areas you want worked on
Knowing what areas to work on equals having a direction and in this case the areas to be worked. Is it a case of trying to burn belly fat? toning the arms, stomach? and so on. It's best to know what exactly is to be worked on/the reason you decide to go to the gym in the first place.
When the problem areas are identified then it's easy to work out/work on them.
2. Work with an instructor
Don't just sign up with a gym and go on to free style. Apart having a sense of direction (in 1 above) it's best to work with a gym instructor before diving full on into exercises. This makes sense because he's the expert that guides on the best routines and how to make them work on the areas otherwise you might get lost just copying random people and not getting the desired results.
As time goes on you can decide to workout on your own but first get a hang on what to do, how, when and for how long.
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3. Exercise in appropriate gears
Wearing appropriate clothing for exercises is important. It is always uncomfortable to see half clad ladies or gents in inappropriate 'gym clothes'. A lady shouldn't wear tops without proper supports for her breasts for instance- apart from distracting others, it would be very funny spilling out of a bra in everyone's full glare or a guy exercising with half of 'him' hanging loose amongst other scenario.
Wear breathable, comfortable and actual exercise gears for proper support apart from not worrying about 'parts hanging loose' the right support makes exercise easier and doesn't stress one's parts unnecessarily.
4. No hoarding
By all means don't hoard equipment, everyone deserves to use whatever they want to. Remember everyone paid their membership bills except of course it's your private property.
What was your experience like the first time you went to the gym?