Most people join the gym to lose a bit of weight and they think that because they’ve watched a few episodes of The Biggest Loser they know what they’re doing. WRONG. The gym can be a dangerous place is you don’t know what you’re doing. Oh, and chances are you’re going to look ridiculous while you’re doing it…
However, if you get it right (with the help of Personal Trainer like me!) the gym can be a magical place that will help you to hit your short and long-term goals. It can encourage a healthier lifestyle by changing your attitude towards your body. And if you lose a bit of body fat and gain a bit of muscle in the process that can’t be a bad thing!
1) Not reading instructions
Most resistance machines will have instructions on the side, look at them. Not only can it be dangerous to use them incorrectly but they also won’t be effective. If there are no instructions, ask someone. Don’t look like a noob…
2) Going too heavy too quick
As funny as it can be when someone fails, it’s also really dangerous and you’re just putting yourself at risk of serious injury. Be patient, work up to the heavy weights.
3) Getting bro’d out
Just because your bro is pumping iron, doesn’t mean you can or should. Listen to your body, work up to where they are and take it slowly
4) Not having a good spotter
When you’re lifting heavy make sure you have someone that knows how to spot you and that you trust. You’re putting your life (and your face) in their hands…
5) Getting ‘creative’
Only start making things up if you really know what you’re doing or if an experienced trainer is there. Oh, and NEVER PUT EXERCISE BALLS NEAR TREADMILLS.
6) Not checking your technique
Incorrect technique can be dangerous and totally ineffective. And it can make you look like an ass.
7) Ignoring health and safety
Lift with your knees, not your back. Wear safe footwear. Use the machines correctly, don’t try to outsmart them.
8) Showing off
It will hurt and you will look ridiculous. Also, the type of people that find that impressive might not be the type of people you want in your life.
9) Not checking the equipment
Although the gym will check their equipment every day, it should still be your responsibility to not use a machine or any equipment that doesn’t look right. Use your brain yeah?
10) Not sharing space
Everyone pays their gym membership equally so don’t act like you own the place. Share nicely, don’t sit on machines during sets and be nice to newbies, you were one once!