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(Last Updated On: April 24, 2017)



It’s the modern cliche of the fitness world, get into a routine, fall out of it, get back into one while condemning yourself for falling off it in the first place. Not everyone has the consistency to keep a solid schedule. At least to begin with. Let’s face it, entering the gym as a newbie can be a daunting task.

Not only do you have to be sure of what you want to achieve, but be sure that you can execute correct form, while sometimes performing up to five newly introduced weightlifting exercises in the first workout you embark on.

There is a way to circumvent this process: hiring a personal trainer. This can be one of the best options possible for optimising your personal fitness. Not only does the PT have a knowledge of gym etiquette to keep you in good habits, but they can ensure your safety by providing a trained, watchful eye to cover your blind spots.

However, if you must do it alone, make sure that you’re not too shy to ask those around you to lend a helping hand during risky exercises like the bench press. Simply asking someone to spot you can be a good enough path to ensuring personal safety. You can believe that most weightlifters have been pinned under a barbell at some point in their lifting career, so you should have no problem acquiring help.

However, sometimes hiring a fitness trainer can be a heavy investment, depending on what you’d like to achieve. Sometimes you’re recovering from an injury you gained during your last routine. So it’s best you’re up to speed with what to prioritize in your new workout routine in order to achieve the best results possible, and get your fitness career off to the best start.

Most gyms offer a free introductory session in order to give you a taste for it. As much as you’re trying to size yourself up in the gym mirrors, this is your golden opportunity to size up the etiquette of the gym around you. Are there weights lying around? Are the staff active in keeping the place tidy? What is the safety policy like?

We all like to be complemented. Let’s face it, that’s part of the reason we are joining the gym in the first place. However, before you can enjoy the fruits of your labour, you need to address the fundamentals –  the most important of which is safety. Warning signs to look out for include lofty gym promises that they can give you great results rapidly, or start you out at a higher weight than you think you can do in order to make you think they really care about your progress. This is nothing more than a simple flattery tool that is intended to give them your repeat business.

A good gym attendee will figure out to the point of being annoying what weight they feel comfortable with and should start out on less than that. This is about training textbook perfect form here. That should be your only priority. It can hurt your pride a little at first, but it’s better than actually hurting your body.

Ironically enough, and against initial expectations, this focus on safety over pride actually promotes faster growth than its opposite. Perfect form means that the muscles will be being trained correctly with the most amount of muscle being used to meet that load. Conventional logic tells you that more weight equals more muscle, but the reality is more muscle groups that are being trained the better structured your muscle groups will be, meaning you’ll gain a proportionate, fuller and stronger body.

Make sure that you prioritise your safety, and you can be sure that attitude will carry on into all other gym disciplines.


- Chiino

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