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I got the idea of this blog very randomly. Actually, through this, I want to share my views about the things I observe at the gym.
These things are done by beginners or novices at the gym. And sadly, this is a reoccurring thing because the people at the gym don’t get proper guidance. They do similar mistakes which I once did.
My major intention is to make people aware of their mistakes so that they can improve them before any accident.
Let’s look at these things:
Mistake #1 – No plan
I have silently observed all the beginners with this problem, that they have no Plan. This means they try to do everything at once.
They come to the gym, and immediately start lifting weights because some random trainer told them so. I feel being clueless at the gym is very obvious, because I was once there, and I wanted to do all the stuff at once. Like there’s a guy at my gym, at one point he is doing an exercise with a dumbbell, then suddenly after that set, he starts cycling, then back to dumbbells. He thinks that he will get more results that way.
Another, interesting thing I’ve seen is, trainers at the gym recommend such people the same exercise, as they did to 10 other members. In my gym, newbies get a card in which some exercises are written, but I feel none of those exercises are for beginners. I feel ChatGPT is much better at making workout plans for beginners than these trainers.
First, trainers should educate beginners about warm-up, then some basic exercises, which I call level zero. People should also be guided about how to structure their workout routine. Then they should be educated about the diet. In “diet”, instead of making potato and rice the villain, more focus should be on how to enjoy your favorite food and still stay fit.
Mistake #2- Doing what they shouldn’t do
Many a time, beginners started doing things that they shouldn’t do immediately. Like lifting weights, before understanding how the exercise works, or doing too many exercises in a single day. In this case, I won’t blame people at all. This is all trainer’s fault because trainers give people half the information and with that people get confused. People do this because they see others and feel that they should be doing more rather than the beginner stuff.
As mentioned how a card is given to newbies, and newbies are not at fault for following that, but trainers don’t tell people about how to execute that exercise safely. The main reason is (and trainers will hate me for saying this out loud) they want to sell their training to the member. They will tell little stuff, and that leaves members with less info. Then when members try to get more info, trainers indirectly sell their training.
This is not bad, because trainers are also trying to earn some money. But, this is bad when it jeopardizes someone. I gladly help people if they ask for my help. In fact, recently a girl asked me about an exercise, and seeing that she’s a beginner, I explained to her the most basic version of the exercise, something I haven’t seen trainers telling anyone. But, then she trusted the trainer most, who told her to do an exercise that is not meant for a beginner.
I guess due to such instances I prefer to write a blog about it, rather than wasting my time on such people.
Mistake #3- Not doing what they should do
Warm-up and Cool-down are the most important thing that everyone should do before and after a workout. I think it’s the trainer’s responsibility to tell beginners about it. But, again we have one reason and one reason only why trainers don’t tell such stuff.
Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you need to invest proper time in stretching. People at the gym consider stretching against their “pride”. This is due to trainers never stress about the stretch. People at the gym aren’t taught how and why stretching is important. Make sure to invest 15 mins before and after every session, no matter how big or small that session is.
Learn to respect your body and know its limits. Give it proper time for rest and recovery.
People should understand the importance of these little things and not rush. This is a marathon rather than a sprint, and it can be enjoyed at a normal pace rather than rushing.
Don’t attempt anything with which you are not comfortable. Ask 1000 times and if the trainer is not telling you properly, then ask someone else. Don’t follow things blindly, it’s better to learn more about them and the Internet provides great content with credible information.
To identify credibility, it’s better to look for multiple sources and consult with a certified professional.
Use this blog just for encouragement purposes and make sure to stay aware.
Until next time Keep smiling
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