Gyms can be very confusing at times. The average gym goer has no idea how to use the equipment to it’s fullest extent. From the cables, to the machines, to the dumbbells and cardio equipment; how in the world would anyone know how to use this stuff?! Even reading magazines and looking on line doesn’t seem to help very much. If you are lacking the knowledge or the confidence to use equipment that is unfamiliar then maybe it’s time you admitted defeat and asked for help!
ASK AN EMPLOYEE! Most gyms have trainers in the facilities now. If yours doesn’t, then there should always be an employee around to help you out at some point.
* Trainer Tip – If a trainer is with a client…. chances are they aren’t going to have much time to really explain a machine or exercise. Avoid asking them when they are training someone. You will get a lot more information if you find one that isn’t busy.
ASK A GYM MEMBER. Gym members love to help others. Not only does it boost their self esteem (because they know more then other gym members); they generally like helping others.
* Trainer Tip– Just because a gym member “looks good” doesn’t mean they actually know the proper form for the exercise. If you are using something besides a machine, then go to a trainer so you know your form is correct.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR A SPOTTER! I can’t urge this enough!!!! I don’t know how many times I have had to sprint to another member (while training); to pull a heavy barbell off another members chest. If you are doing heavy weight then get a spotter (trainer or another gym member)
*Trainer Tip– If you know that the weight you are going to be lifting is challenging …. lighten the weight a little (if you are too embarassed to get a spotter).
TAKE A CLASS. If you aren’t familiar with the weights (dumbbells and barbells), then take one of the many weight training classes the gym offers. This will help you to learn different free weight exercises so you can be confident on your own. You might even like the class and continue to do it for fun!
Working out at the gym shouldn’t be difficult! If you are confused then maybe it’s time you opened up, let your guard down, and ask for help. You never know, you might make some new friends, get a date, or find an trainer that is helpful and attentive!