What To Do Before You Go To The Gym For The First Time As A Student
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Things To Remember Before You Go To The Gym For The First Time As A Student

Vicky Wilson March 10, 2023

There are plenty of reasons to go to the gym; not least the need to keep fit in a climate when more and more of us are spending so much of our time in front of screens. But, if you aren’t a regular, it can be tough to know exactly how to go about joining what can be an intimidating atmosphere. This is what to remember if you are a student going to the gym for the first time.

1. Things to take with you

When you head to the gym for the first time, you of course need to wear comfortable breathable clothes and trainers, have a water bottle and a snack. If you are taking valuables with you, ensure you bring a padlock so that you can put them in a locker. Most gyms won’t let you carry your belongings round with you.

Remember to take headphones and, if you don’t have wireless ones, wear something with pockets or take an arm pouch that you can keep your phone in. It is also good practice to take a small towel with you to the gym to wipe down equipment after using it. That is something students going to the gym for the first time could easily overlook.

2. Free trials 

Especially if you are looking to start going to the gym in January, it’s worth checking if your local has any offers for new starters or a free trial session available. This way you can have an induction and decide if you want to continue before committing to a membership. After all, those fees quickly tot up.

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3. Induction session

All gyms will offer an induction meeting where a personal trainer will show you how to use the gym equipment, usually for free. While this can seem intimidating, don’t be afraid to book an induction or go with a friend who knows what they’re doing.

Learning to use all the equipment will help you to build a varied workout routine and ensure you exercise safely and effectively with proper technique.

4. Don’t go too hard too soon

To avoid injury, and maintain motivation, don’t push yourself too hard in your first few sessions. Ease into it, practicing proper technique and giving yourself adequate rests so that you can build a sustainable routine in the long run. 

5. Everybody started from somewhere

Although entering the gym for the first time can feel intimidating when other people are stronger than you, everybody is in their own bubble and doesn’t really care about your abilities. That is vital to remember. Everything is there for themselves and, who knows, they may even have their own self-doubt to deal with.

Focus on yourself and you will quickly see the rewards.

Related: Joining A Gym At University – An Honest Guide

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Vicky Wilson studies English and History at the University of Birmingham. and is the editor of the academic journal, URISE, and Vicky loves to write for Redbrick's paper in their free time. Vicky currently writes within the Freshered team as a freelancer. When Vicky is not writing, you’ll find them spending time at a roller disco or rock climbing in the Peaks.