If you feel a little intimidated when you work out with men in a large, sweaty gym, consider joining a women’s fitness club. Don’t worry, not all women in the club are slim and physically fit. That’s why they’re there. In the gym you will find women of all shapes and sizes and you will find wonderful friends.
If you have a buddy you can walk with – talking during the exercise makes time pass much faster and accountability is helpful on days when you don’t feel like going to the club to haul.
One advantage of training in the gym is that you have trainers who can show you how to do the exercises properly. If necessary, people can “recognize” you during some exercises and guide you in the right form to avoid injuries. Another advantage is that you can usually find a large number of exercise equipment that you may not be able to afford. If you have tried to fill your basement or garage with the same equipment, you will no longer have enough space and will spend thousands of dollars to boot up.
The disadvantages include the cost of membership. It can be expensive, but if you travel as often / practically as possible during your week, you will reduce the effective cost per visit. If your schedule does not allow you to exercise while the club is open, it may be better to find another club or type of exercise.
Some people are intimidated when exercising in the form of others and prefer privacy from home. If you can get past it and find that no one is watching you and everyone looks exactly like you when they are on the same computer you are on, you can benefit from a gym membership.
Try to find a health club near you. If you have to travel very far to get to the club, you will probably have less time to travel. On cold winter days, it is preferable to take a nap instead of going to a gym and driving home when you’re done.
In many gyms you can get in and try out the machines for a few days before deciding to join. This is a very good way to get a feel for a place and see if you like the workout style you get. You can also determine the mood in the gym and the type of music they play, etc. This may seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference in your training and energy levels when you’re there.
Another possibility is to find a fitness trainer. This person can help you do your exercises correctly and also show you different ways of exercising if you are in pain or pregnant. If you are looking for a trainer, you want to ask where he was certified (and check the certification documents). Find someone you feel comfortable with. A good trainer explains things and is patient when you learn.
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