Girl's Guide to the Weight Room

So maybe you got cardio down; you know the tips ad tricks to that darn elliptical machine. Or maybe you have finally settled on a new year’s resolution to lead a new healthy life that includes some clock in at the gym. Regardless of your agenda, you are ready to enter that super scary weight room. Don’t freak out yet! We got some tips to help you make your way into the weight room.

1. Consider hiring a trainer for an orientation session.

Even if you studied a detailed map of the weight room complete with raised relief, you may still walk in and feel completely lost. That’s not to say you can’t learn. Some people can go in and mess around a bit and eventually they grow comfortable with the equipment, the layout and the overall manners. If you want to be extra sure though, you could ask for a free orientation- just a quick guided tour around the room. Even better, if you hire a trainer, not only will they show you around, but they will help you with a workout to begin training. Use this first session for a bit and then when you feel like you’ve nailed it, ask for another appointment.

2. Time it right.

Sometimes it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. First, think about how you would like your muscle time to lay out. If you want space and a bit of quiet, think about going in during the down hours. Usually this is in the early morning or mid afternoon. Once 5 o’clock traffic hits, the weight room becomes crowded and usually doesn’t die down until near closing. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but be prepared to wait for a machine.

3. Use the buddy system.

Just like crossing the road, having a buddy can be a great starter tool. This could either be someone who knows their way around or someone who is willing to look like a goof with you as you both explore.

4. Create an awesome playlist.

Working out can be tough and it can be scary. Create a sweet list of tunes to keep you focused and motivated. If you have some great music blasting in your ears, then chances are you will enjoy your workout a bit more. Keep in mind there is music playing in the weight room; it just may not be your favorite beats.

5. Get the lingo down.

Try to do some research before you take the big step. Look at what kind of moves interest you, typical machines in the weight room and routines that fit your workout style. Some people like to work on specific body parts and alternate during the week. For instance, Monday you may do a leg workout and Wednesday you may do some abs. Some like to do a full body workout all at one. Either one works, just remember to stretch and rest in between sets and days of lifting.

6. Fake it ‘till you make it.

Confidence is key. You may feel insecure and uncomfortable but the only way to get over that is to just do it. Take it one step at a time and remember that it takes time to get used to everything. If you keep at it, you will be a pro in no time.

7. Write (or type it) down.

Keep track of the workouts and weights you do at the gym. This way you can repeat your workout and track your progress. You can carry a notepad or notebook or even jot some things down on your phone.

Well there you go! Take these tips and test out the ones you like and remember: even Popeye had to “start” going to the weight room too.