The BIG question: Whether to hire a trainer or not comes a bit later, but for a beginnerthere are many other things that comes to his/her mind when they plan to join a gym. So lets me answer this question in a more holistic way.
There are 3 key questions that a beginner should answer before joining any gym and/or hiring a trainer:
What is my goal?
Is it to lose fat, build muscle or just focus on general health and conditioning? Knowing what you want automatically raises your confidence.
Weight training is no rocket science, but is still a science. Learn it.
I applaud all those you are reading this as you don’t want to blindly trust your trainers.
Which gym should I join?
The best way to figure out which gym to join is to check out few gyms in your locality before singing a contract with them. There are various apps and companies like Fitpass, Classhopetc that allows you the flexibility to take trials in various gyms before making a long commitment.
Of course, the top two reasons are usually the price and location. For me personally, the comfort factor is important as well. I would be willing to travel 10 minutes more, or even pay more if I am friendly to the owner/manager of the gym. I personally like intimate places, where everyone knows everyone.
The final piece of the puzzle are the equipments. Since I prefer an extensive weights area, a squat rack is mandatory, and dumbbells upto 150lbs would definitely by a big plus.
And Lastly, the Main question-Should I hire a trainer?
Usually any decent gym provides 2-3 free induction sessions, where a personal trainer helps you get acquainted with the layout and the equipments.
My recommendation is that if you like the coach, hire him for another month or two, and ask him to teach you how to perform all the key exercises and help you build a personalised training program according to your goals, needs and abilities.
Some important tips and tricks that can help a beginner at a gym:
–If you have a budget issue, don’t spend money on supplements but instead on a coach for at least first few months of joining a gym.
–Choose your trainer carefully. Check whether he has any good certifications like NASM, ACE etc. Enquire about his speciality area i.e. fat loss, muscle gain etc and see whether it matches your goals. Ask for references and do call them to find out more about your trainer. And lastly, go with your gut. It usually points you in the right direction.
– Convince a friend to join with you.First few months in the gym are crucial. And having your best buddy by your side when training can significantly boost your confidence and alleviate any anxiety or discomfort that you may face when going alone.
There are two and only two reasons why one may get injured.
Read thisbook to have a solid understanding of the exercise techniques involved. It still amazes me how majority of certified and experienced coaches don’t even know how to squat!