Finding a gym you want to join and then making the decision to get the membership, can be a bit overwhelming. You want to feel comfortable and know what to expect while going. But, the hard part is OVER. You’re doing it!
The first few times I stepped foot in a gym I was seriously overwhelmed. There were machines that I had never seen before, let alone knew how to use. I over thought that to bring, what to do, if would I look silly, etc. It was a work out just thinking about it!
Don’t feel intimidated though! I got you. Below check out
5 Things You Should Bring To The Gym.
In hindsight, this is pretty obvious… If you are like me and do forget to bring your water bottle, there are (usually) water fountains so it’s fine. Personally, I feel better when I have my own bottle, and because I sweat like no one’s business, I fill my bottle up several times during my workout.
Comfy & practical clothes
Do NOT be fooled by all the workout videos and pictures on Instagram with all these super cute leggings and tops. I get it – I love them too and want them ALL. I mean, HAVE YOU SEEN THEM?
Working out is WORK; you want to feel comfortable, not look cute. Guess what? YOU PROBABLY WON’T LOOK CUTE.
I bought a pair of leggings that I love and work out in, but recently discovered they are NOT squat proof. (Please don’t ask me how I found that out after MONTHS of squatting in them. Lesson learned, M’KAY?)
That’s not to say that the really cute leggings aren’t comfy, but don’t go out buying a ton of expensive work out clothes. To start, a pair of shorts and a tank or tee will work just fine. Look at my pics below. Literally just a hoodie and shorts.
Ladies: wear a tight fitted sports bra. TRUST ME.
Planning out what you are going to do, and having a backup, is a MUST. It can be intimidating, especially if when you get there, all the machines you were going to use are taken and the place is PACKED.
Side note: I suggest asking your gym what their peak hours are.
Write out your workout before going. Have a few different workouts planned in case it is busy.
Doesn’t hurt to be prepared!
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Don’t be the person blasting their workout music without headphones. Just don’t. Bring headphones if you plan to listen to your own music. My gym has music playing all the time, and several TVs. I also don’t like to workout with earbuds, so there’s that.
The Right Mindset
I can’t stress this enough. It doesn’t matter what you are wearing. How much water you bring, if you get the right clothes… if you aren’t ready to work, it’s for nothing.
You need to push yourself. Don’t quit. Don’t cut your workout short. Do it ALL. GIVE 1,000%. And if you aren’t in the right mindset to do that, you might not see the progress you want.
I struggle too, no one is perfect! There are days I am so not going to the gym because my mind isn’t in it. Don’t use this a crutch though! Sometimes, we do need a push and just get there. Because GETTING THERE is half the battle!
- What are YOUR gym Essentials?
- Was there anything I’ve mentioned that is helpful to you?
- Is there something I’m missing and should add?
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Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.