So you want to lose some weight, tone up or increase your fitness but the thought if stepping foot in a gym is daunting? We hear you. We've all been there. Everyone's first day is a little overwhelming especially when we don't know what to expect. That's why we thought we would put together a guide of what to expect when you come down for your first session at The Ladies Centre.
Your first session at The Ladies Centre
The main thing to remember is that everything is on your terms. Our instructors are here to help you! We aren't going to try and get you to do anything you're not comfortable with. We don't expect you to be super fit when you come through the door; it's our job to get you to that point!
Discuss your goals
The first thing we will do before we do any exercising is have a chat! We feel it's important for our instructors to get to know you; what you want to achieve, do you have any injuries, any health problems you want us to be wary of. We will discuss your needs and a brief plan of action.
Find out what works for you
Once we have an idea of where we're going its time to start finding out how to get there. Our instructors will use their knowledge to find out what exercises are going to be most effective to you and your goals. They will explain each exercise to you including the benefits as well as how to correctly carry it out. The aim for the first session is to get you familiar with using the equipment so you won't be working too hard. We will build your fitness as you progress through your sessions.
Make your plan
After we've been through all of the exercises we will start making your plan. This will be what we've already been through with you and explain how often to do the exercises as well as how long you need to carry on with this plan before getting you booked back in.
Sart making progress
Once we've been through everything with you its time to start changing your body! You will have your own copy of your fitness plan and can work through it at your own pace. If you forget anything or are stuck just come and ask a member of the team and they will be happy to take you through any of your exercises again. Your instructor will check in with you every now and then and let you know when to book back in for a new fitness plan but this will usually be after around 6 weeks.
A few final tips
When you first start it is important to remember not to push it too hard in your first few weeks. It is easy to get carried away and try to fast-track your results but it is slow and steady that wins the race! If you push yourself too hard in the first few sessions your body will more likely get injured or fatigue. Focus on building the gym into your weekly routine, once you have cracked that you can slowly increase the intensity whilst you are at the gym.
Whilst it is important to remember that consistency is key, it is equally important not to punish yourself too much if you have a bad day. We all have them but it is how we deal with them that is most vital. Having a bad day or few days is often not as detrimental to our progress as we think. Come in and have a chat with one of the team if you are feeling down or disheartened; we can focus on getting you back on track as well as reassure you that everything is going to be okay making you feel more positive about your training!