Fitness Tips & Advice

Tips For New Gym Goers

January 1, 2018

The New Year is a time when many people begin new fitness journeys. If you’ve never stepped foot in a gym before, it can be an intimidating place. The intimidation factor alone keeps many people from joining. It shouldn’t though! So I turned to social media and asked some friends and followers for their advice to someone joining a gym for the first time. Thanks to everyone who chimed in!


This is #1. If you’ve never been in a gym before, it’s important to learn how to properly use the equipment and proper form so you do not injure yourself. Working with a trainer for a few sessions will absolutely help you find some confidence and learn what you should focus on to reach your goals. Even if you’ve been in a gym before, it’s beneficial to work with a personal trainer to get reacquainted and learn about new equipment, navigate injuries, etc.



Trainers are there for a reason, to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions at any time. And always clean up after yourself, whether it’s putting weights back on the rack or wiping down a machine. The gym is your home, treat it as such!


I like this a lot. You need to give yourself some time to find your rhythm and get used to a new gym routine. It takes time, success and results don’t happen overnight, so don’t give up before you truly get started on your journey.

If becoming a gym rat isn’t for you, try a group fitness class instead. Most gyms have group classes.  Here are my tips for attending your first fitness class. 


Agreed. It takes time to find a place that feels like home for you. Not every gym will feel that way. If you don’t feel comfortable in the place you’re working out, you won’t be motivated to go.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Despite what you may feel, no one is looking at you. Throw on a hat and put your earbuds in and do your thing. We are all at the gym for the same reason, to better ourselves.


Proper nutrition and hydration are definitely important in helping you reach your goals. Check with your new gym to see if they offer nutrition coaching if this is something you would like to learn more about. And hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

My tip? Go in with a plan. Know what your goals are and what you need to do to achieve them. There are tons of fitness plans online that will help you create the right workouts and save you from wandering aimlessly around the gym wondering what to do next.


What tips do you have for someone heading to the gym for the first time? 
Anyone have any first-timer experiences to share?

Looking for somewhere new to workout in Red Deer? Check out my Where to Workout series!

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