Setting off on the right foot makes the world of difference in every part of our lives. There is no exception when it comes to fitness . Below I have given you my 5 top tips to make sure you set off on the right foot and move firmly towards achieving your fitness related goals. If you start here and take the time to work through each step you will find that you dont make as many mistakes as others *ah hem, I, ah hem* did.
Identify your reasons for going to the gym
This is probably the most important step. Not only will this serve as your motivation but it will also help you determine the next steps you need to take. Don’t rush this step, spend some time and think why do you want to go to the gym? Is it to train to run a marathon? If so, why do you want to run the marathon? Is is to loose weight? If so, why do you want to lose weight?
Ill give you one of my examples to help you out.
Reason: I hated being skinny fat. Having a slim frame but still wobbling. I also have a naturally athletic figure so very boxy and it created alot of negative thoughts towards my own body image.
Plan your goals.
I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that your ‘gym whys’ relate to things that you don’t like about yourself or want to improve upon. So what needs to happen for you to satisfy your why?
It is time to set out your goals, and be specific with it again. If you want to loose weight, how much weight do you want to loose? If you want to improve your marathon time, what is the time you want?
My goal: increase my muscle size by gaining an inch in each area.
Plan your workouts.
This comes down to a bit of trial and error at first. Personally, I think it is so important to enjoy your time at the gym otherwise getting the motivation to go becomes extremely difficult. Fortuantley, there are so many different types of workout and so many different exercise variations out there that it isnt a ‘one size fits all’ situation. For the first few sessions, take a look at some of the different types of workout and see which ones you enjoy the most then build your workouts using them.
For me I aboslutely hate doing LISS cardio and running so I choose to do HIIT and Plyometrics instead.
I LOVE lifting weights and as my goal is heavily reliant upon lifting weights, this forms the majority of my workout program.
Set your split.
Knowing what you are going to be doing in the gym ahead of time is a huge time saver and motivator. Identify how many times a week you are able to go to the gym and when, then decide which workouts you are going to do on which days.
If you have found a program online then you need to make sure it is conducive to your goals and adapt it to suit you. If you need a bit more guidance then have a read of this post. I have also included my split on that post for you to see.
Outline how you are going to measure your progress.
There is nothing more soul destroying that working hard and seeing little to no results. All to often we are quick to assume that it is because the method of training isnt working when it could be down to something as simple as inappropriate forms of measurement. For example, if you want to loose weight then you would use the scales however, if you wanted to drop a dress size it might be more appropriate to use a measuring tape to measure body parts.
My progess measurement: the tape measure to measure inches gained.
If you need a bit more guidance, I did create a free goal planner that you can download in this post.
I’m sure you are excited to get going with your goals so I will leave it there for now –