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6 Gym Tips to Stop Feeling Like a Newbie

No matter what age or fitness background you are, heading to the gym can be an overwhelming, and even intimidating task.

These gym tips will help you overcome those initial awkward moments and have you feeling like a pro in no time!

While I’ve been coaching for nearly 15 years, and training for over 20, I can still vividly recall my first few months at the gym.

I was actually petrified of getting kicked out! I was young and didn’t know how to use much of the equipment. So, I stuck to the assisted pull-up, the lat pull-down, the lateral shoulder raise, the leg extension, and the hamstring machines. I also did a few bicep and triceps exercises with the dumbbells. My thought was to lay low and not attract any attention. I didn’t really know what I was doing!

Thankfully, a few of the gym staff members were incredibly friendly. They happily took me under their wing to teach me what they knew. This allowed me to not only feel more confident, but also to learn what was “good” and “bad” information when it came to strength training and lifting.

It’s been a long time since those first few months of feeling scared and intimidated. Every single one of us who uses the gym has been there. However, with some knowledge, we each have the potential to drastically change our bodies, our lives, and our self-confidence.

Here are the top six gym tips that have helped most folks stop feeling like newbies in the gym. Hopefully, these will help you feel right at home there yourself! Here are six tips to get you started on the right foot!

Gym Tip #1: Ask for a trainer to demonstrate proper use of the equipment

While this may seem pretty obvious, most of us are in fact, embarrassed to ask the floor staff for gym tips, or how to use a piece of

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