What Should You Do Before Joining a Gym?
Take time to reflect.
Once the “need” to do something hits, taking time to do anything other than getting on with it can feel like lost time.
“Measure twice cut once”
Taking a small amount of time to truly reflect on what you hope to be your destination and the optimal route to getting there is going to save a lot of time and frustration later on.
It is of crucial importance to work out what it is you truly want to achieve.
This involves being positive.
Rather than [lose weight fast], a positive version would be to, “become healthy, lean and agile”.
Everyone is a unique being, with individual feelings and emotions. And each person’s circumstances will be unique. Therefore, there is no one size fits all answer to what this is.
You must find it yourself.
If, however, you are struggling to do this, then perhaps this is your issue.
And as we will explore, when we come to the alternatives to joining a gym, if your initial goal is to “define your goal”, working with a Coach may be a path worth exploring.
However, once you have set out a clear target for yourself, the next stage is to define the obstacles in your way.
The key element here is to be truthful with yourself.
You may have convinced yourself you can’t train at home because you don’t have the right equipment. But if the truth is, you won’t train at home because exercise is uncomfortable. If you are going to continue to find reasons to put off training. Then adding the ‘excuse’ that you don’t have time to travel; it’s too cold to leave the house, or any other reason means that membership is going to be a waste.
It is also key to sequence your priorities.
The next common issue to long-term progress is dealing with obstacles in the wrong order.
It is usual for this to happen due to implied urgency.
The ‘need’ (there’s that word again) to get there fast.
You may want to [lose weight fast]. And so you may feel endless cardio is the way to go. Or HIIT style training.
Essentially, there is a belief that the harder you push yourself, the greater and faster the results.
No pain, no gain!
However, if your posture is poor; your body is in imbalance, or your mobility is lacking. Pushing yourself through repetitive cardiovascular based movements is only going to cause injuries and setbacks.
Sometimes, no pain is simply no pain.
And if working on your mobility is, therefore, the key element to move you forward, then this is going to inform your choices.
Perhaps you’d be better in a yoga studio. Possibly the gym is ideal, but you need one with space and appropriate equipment (and possibly expertise) to help you progress. Or, maybe you can work on this at home and focus solely on these elements, combined with building discipline for regular, habitual, training.
Again, we will look into the options in more detail shortly. But the key takeaway is to ensure you have put some serious thought into what is important before rushing to take out a membership.
However, what this advice is not here to do is give you a license to procrastinate.