The Awkward Gym Experience



Have you ever felt awkward going to the gym?! No matter how many times I go, it’s often more of a mental than physical struggle for me. In this video, I shared the very basic steps that help me get started when I don’t feel like I can.

One of the tricks if finding what you LOVE! I’m a certified kickboxing instructor, which came about after a year and a half of realizing how obsessed I am with punching bags, haha. Before that, I tried tumbling, rock climbing, ballroom dancing, latin cardio, zumba and have even tried weight lifting. None of those are bad – and I still mix it up from time to time, but you have to set your personal goals and discover what physical activity(ies) will help you get there.

If you’re just getting started and need some tips, THIS IS HOW I GOT STARTED:
-Set a goal of 30 minutes minimum per gym visit
-Over a few weeks, try to move that goal to 45 minutes, and maybe even an hour
-Try to go to the gym at least 4 days a week.

TREADMILL:
-Press “go” and get moving! If you’re just getting started, the best speed may be somewhere between 2.5 and 3.5
-Walk at that pace for 10-15 minutes, then increase the speed by 0.5-1.0
-Go as long as you can, then return to your starting speed for 5-10 minutes. Do this as long as you can.
-Be sure to click “Cool down” at the end of your workout.
-You can also click “Plans” on most treadmills, and find a pre-planned workout.

ELLIPTICAL MACHINE/BIKE
-You might need to press “Go” or you can just start cycling.
-Try to keep a consistent pace, setting a goal for AT LEAST 30 minutes or 2 miles.
-If you can, increase the resistance to 4 or 5 for 5 minutes, decreasing it to 1 or 2 for 10 minutes. Continue doing this, increasing the resistance higher and higher each time.
–Be sure to click “Cool down” at the end of your workout or do 5 minutes when the resistance is on 0 or 1.
-You can also click “Plans” on some ellipticals and find a pre-planned workout.

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