We all know that feeling of working out after a long time off. Ouch! We also know the feeling of joining a new gym and not really knowing anyone. No fun! Add those together and your new gym expectations! No wonder people tend to quit their workout plan before it’s even had a chance to get off the ground! This is why those first 45 days are so crucial and why proper support from your gym family is huge!
Your gym family consist not only of your coaches, but also the people in class who you spend an hour a day with giving everything you have! Relationships cultivated in the gym can be pretty awesome and if you follow our Facebook page, you know they tend to spill over outside of the gym as well!
Let’s tackle that first issue, the soreness! Realistically, there just isn’t any way to avoid it altogether. There are ways to minimize it, though! Let’s think of soreness as a small, introductory hurdle to prove your commitment. Once you get into the swing of things, the soreness tends to go away, or at thee very least be much less severe! In fact, soreness later on down the line will just remind you that you are still working hard and challenging your muscles in new ways!
When we work out, we ultimately build up lactic acid, which can be very painful when it sits on our muscles. We can help spread the lactic acid out and minimize the amount pooling on the muscles by foam rolling and stretching. That is why we end every class by foam rolling! It’s also highly recommended to get a foam roller at home too! We also help with the soreness by not missing days at the gym! Our bodies might be screaming at us to just skip a day, but that’s actually the last thing you want to do! After a hard resistance day, we have cardio days to help increase the blood flow back to the muscles and help with recovery and repair!
When you meet people in the gym who help motivate you and keep you accountable, that also goes a long way in making your gym experience the best it can be! Be vocal, be social, and have a great time!
Your first 45 days in the gym can be a tall task, but you don’t have to do it alone! Let our friendly coaches help guide you through the process and meet some of our amazing members to help with those gym expectations! Check us out with our introductory, 6-week no commitment trial package for just $75 at http://www.teamafterburn.com/6-weeks-trial-membership/. In the meantime, check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/teamafterburn and take a look at the success and fun our members are having!
Today is just the first of a 3-part series on short and long term gym expectations at Team Afterburn! Stay tuned next week and the week after for 6-month and 1-year expectations as you continue on in your health and fitness journey to transform your body and change your life!