The game plan
As the cat says in Alice in Wonderland… ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, any path will get you there.”
Having the motivation to join a gym in the first place is great, however, often people don’t know how to plan or navigate this environment when they are first starting out.
This can lead to people wandering from machine to machine, not knowing how to use them, and if the machine they wanted to use is taken, they can end up doing nothing or chatting instead.
The number one mistake made in the gym is not having a structure/plan for your session. Another mistake is to copy an influencer’s workout on Instagram when you are not really sure how things work.
How do you fix this?
When starting out, take the time to speak to a personal coach/trainer, to help identify goals and limitations, but also to learn how to use the equipment and where everything is.
Especially at a peak time, it is a lot easier to understand how things work if you have someone familiar with the environment taking you through.
Next up, get them to help build you a plan (periodization program) to help you achieve your goal. Having a program gives you purpose with each session and will ultimately help you see results.