How to Get Fit, Stay Safe and Have Fun at the Gym From Our Fitness Institute’s own Robert Reames
Over 60% of Americans are considered overweight and this number is continuing to rise. Many want to start a fitness regimen but don’t know how. For beginners, it can be intimidating. What do you need to know about the gym? How much exercise is too much for beginners? Celebrity trainer Robert Reames, author of the book “Make Over Your Metabolism” and member of the Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute, walks through what to look for in a gym and how to get started on the path to a healthier life.
Time is valuable. Choose a gym that is close to your home or on the way to work, and you’ll be more likely to go. Make sure you choose a facility that you feel comfortable with so that the gym is always a positive and uplifting experience.
Meet with a personal trainer. This is a critical first step not only to ensure a quality workout, but to ensure safety. The right trainer will teach you the basics of using gym equipment and help you set goals. It’s all about having a road map to success.
You know you are working too hard too soon when you are sore and exhausted immediately after a workout. You want to feel energized as a result of a workout, so balance your intensity levels to keep your body working at a comfortable, but challenging intensity level.
Always be willing to change it up. Exercise “routines” can become monotonous and result in “plateaus.” Keep challenging yourself and adapting your workout routine. There are hundreds of exercise combinations that can change up a workout. Always look for the challenge, keep your body guessing and enjoy the progress!