On Top Tips for First Time Gym Users
I’m a middle-aged happily married mom of 2 sons who are in university. There is nothing extraordinary about me except I love helping people reach their fitness and health goals. Love it. My journey from being an athlete to sharing my passion for fitness and healthy lifestyles with people who consider themselves non-athletic has been transformative. Everyone I’ve trained has had to rethink some aspect of their lives in order to create an opportunity for themselves to become healthier.
Working to help Erin and Brian achieve their fitness related goals has been so rewarding. I’m very excited to contribute to this blog post and future ones as well!
A bit about my certifications: CSEP (Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology) Certified Personal Trainer ACE (American Council on Exercise) Health Coach AFLCA (Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association) CFT and Group leader Combined Hons Degree in English Lit. and Psychology
Karen’s Top Tips For First Time Gym Users
Be Brave-like any new experience-it’ll take time to figure everything out.
Shop for more than price, big box gyms and city recreation centres can be the same price but with very different staff and clients. You’re going to spend lots of time there you deserve to find one that fits.
I’d begin by booking orientations at gyms near your home/work/school at the times you’d want to workout. This might sound odd but check for cleanliness. Well run gyms are clean. Trust me.
Most quality gyms will include an intro workout in the orientation. Use this as your blueprint for your first workout. Get them to show you a cardio machine. Most people start there and then move to machines.
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