Many people who start a training program in the fitness room or gymnasium of a sports center or club, do not know how important it is to follow a series of basic tips that will facilitate and optimize the way to achieve their goals.
Are you going to sign up for a gym or sports center? Congratulations! Very well invested money, no doubt. But do you want to get a better return on that investment?
Follow the advice I will give you in the following lines and your satisfaction, as a user of these facilities, will be maximal.
1- Be clear about your objectives.
If you don’t know what you want to achieve by registering at the sports facilities, the professionals who will be in charge of your training can hardly help you. If at least you have a slight idea of what your goals are, they will help and guide you in your real needs but be aware of the minimum you want to achieve.
2- Get a medical check-up.
Make sure you are able to undergo the training that you will be designed to do. If at the moment of exercising you feel any ailment that prevents you from carrying out a normal physical or daily activity, stop your training and find a doctor.
3- Get into the hands of a fitness professional.
In most fitness rooms and gyms you will see that there are many users who train on their own and ignore the guidelines and recommendations made by the professional in charge. That self-sufficiency, sooner or later, will take its toll.
Don’t make the mistake of not being guided by the instructor, because you read a lot of bodybuilding and fitness magazines because you have a friend or family member who has been training for many years and has told you what to do or because you watch many videos on the Internet about training. Remember that each person is a world.
4- Let yourself be advised by a nutrition expert.
So I’m telling you, a good diet is more than 60% of the success of a fitness program. Put yourself in the hands of a registered dietitian or an expert in the field, to set your dietary guidelines and to adapt them to your new physical activity. You will perform much better and achieve your goals faster.
5- Equip yourself, in an appropriate way, to face your workouts.
Attend your workouts with comfortable sports clothes and footwear suitable for each season of the year. It is important that you bring a towel to put it on the surfaces where you are going to do your exercises (banks, mattresses, etc) and more if you tend to sweat excessively. It is a question of hygiene and respect for the rest of the users of the facilities.
6- Stay hydrated while you train.
It is very important that you drink water during your workout to stay hydrated. Even if you’re not thirsty, drink small sips. If you are one of those who sweats heavily, the water losses will be considerable and you will have to drink even more. It is preferable that the water is not cold (at room temperature in winter and slightly cool in summer).