I love the gym! It’s not just the working out and the fact I am losing weight, getting healthy and stronger and fitter that I love. I just genuinely enjoy the whole gym experience. As weird as it sounds though I always get a smile on my face when I see a new member joining the gym and staring their very own new work out regime. It’s something I wish I could go back and experience again. Mainly because of all the “rookie” mistakes I made when I first joined the gym. Mistakes that I see many other new gym users making as well. Here are common mistakes new gym users make.
New Gym User’s Mistake : Having Your Ego Lift The Weight
The number one mistake that new gym users make is not thinking before they lift. They will glance around the gym and see the heavy weights the more experienced users lift and not want to feel inadequate. Well, guess what? Those people lifting the heavy weights, they started out lifting smaller lighter ones as well. Lift only what you can manage. Lifting heavy before you are ready is not going to make you buff. You are just either going to hurt yourself or not get any real results because you are not doing the exercises properly. Do not take this the wrong way, but no one else in the gym cares if you are lifting 10 pounds or 100 pounds.
New Gym User’s Mistake : Not Doing The Exercise Properly
There is no point in doing 20 incline bench presses if your form is all to hell. You are not hitting your target muscles and in general just wasting your time. When you do an exercise, especially when you are just starting out at the gym, take your time with the exercise. The weight you are lifting should not be your concern the first workouts that you do. It’s all about executing the exercise in a controlled and proper manor. Lifting weight at 100 mph is not really doing you any good at all.
Common Gym User’s Rule : Planning Your Workouts
Before you hit the gym you should have written down what you are going to do. One of the most important things for me in the gym is my pen and paper. I write down all my workouts. This not only keeps me focused when I go to the gym, but it also lets me see how much I have improved as well.
Common Gym User’s Rule : Wiping Down The Machines
The gym is a sweaty and smelly place there is no getting away from that, but the least you can do is take a towel with you to the gym and wipe down the machine after you have used it. I am not saying you need to stand there for a minute cleaning the machine. Just give it a quick surface wipe. There is nothing worse than going over to a bench that has someone’s sweaty body print left on it. It takes you seconds to wipe down the machine, so please make sure you do it.
Common Gym User’s Rule : Cleaning Up After Yourself
Now to be fair many new members of a gym are not aware of gym etiquette. But one thing that is almost as bad as not wiping down the machines, is not putting things back once you use them. Now many experienced gym users are guilty of this, but cleaning up after yourself is a habit you should get into right away. When you have finished using those dumbbells, put them back. When you have finished using the bar, take the weights off and put them back. It does not take a great deal of time to tidy up after yourself and it means the next person who wants to use the equipment does not have to go hunting to find it.
You can also check out this related article: How To Behave At The Workout: Gym Etiquette