5 Ways to get the Most out of your Gym Membership

​With the pending announcement of lockdown 2.0 being over gyms will finally be opening up for visits. Yipeee.
There’s a lot of buzz and excitement from a lot of our patients so as 0ne of our Melbourne CBD Osteopaths just thought I’d give you a few tips to get the most out of your gym membership.
1 – Find A Gym You Like – 
 
Firstly, before you choose a gym based on what equipment or classes it has, you have to like the look of the space. If you don’t physically like the space you won’t go there regularly.
A lot of gyms are similar but have different equipment; weights, treadmills, TRX stations, cardio equipment and so on. You need to pick one that you walk into and you feel you could go there a few times a week.
2 – Make Sure it’s convenient enough for you to visit regularly.
 
Make sure the location or locations (anytime fitness/jetts) is convenient for you to attend regularly.
Hopefully you can be more selective and not solely pick based off of cost. Most gyms range between $15 – $25 per week. Not a massive cost for the time that you will hopefully spend there in a week. You must like the environment and be able to travel there regularly.
3 – Have A Program
 
Have you heard of the saying: if you don’t prepare, then prepare to fail.
Speak to a healthcare professional (osteo, physio) or a personal trainer to get a personalised plan.
These have proven to be more effective than a generic google search.
Have a program or routine for when you’re in the gym. It’s easier when you have a set workout plan that way you’re in the gym for less time. These can be tailored to your specific injuries or areas of weakness.
4 – If You Don’t Know, Ask
 
If you don’t know ask, there’s nothing worse than anxiety in the gym.
Trying to find all the equipment and machines maybe hard. What does that chest press look like? Is it different from the one at another gym. If you don’t know what a specific machine looks like, ask the receptionist if there is someone that can show you where the equipment is.
Now every gym has staff during specific hours. But they normally start early and finish late, staff are there to help, literally that’s their job. What the receptionist might do is put you onto a personal trainer and now they’ll gladly show you where the equipment is, maybe even give you a demonstration of your program and the exercises.
This will save you loads of time, helping you map out your gym route in no time at all. And even make a friend, the more friendly faces in the gym the better.
5 – Does the gym have the right ‘vibe’ for you?
 
If you like the feel of the gym and the environment, you’re much more likely to continue to attend. Even on rainy days in the middle of winter….
To find this out, go to a gym at a time that you would regularly train for example, after work, gauge the vibe, the crowd, the capacity. If you don’t like that crowd, then that gym isn’t for you.
Different gyms have different crowds and environments. Find one that is more suited to you. There are many types around; bodybuilding gyms, crossfit gyms everyday gyms and so on. Find a crowd that is more suited to you or who you aspire to be.  Come chat with a Melbourne Osteopath today at City Osteopathy

Daniel Castellano 

Osteopath | City Osteopathy