The Gym: Trial & Error
For so many people, the hardest part of exercise is just knowing what to do and how to get started. There are so many options out there when it comes to gyms and types of exercise and it can certainly be overwhelming. Running, cycling, weightlifting and cardio classes, personal training and group fitness, how much and how often? This can all seem too daunting and honestly, too many hours at the gym. As long as your workouts are good quality workouts, you really only need an hour a day, 3-5 days per week. But where should you go?
-SCHEELS Fitness Expert: Jenn Jansen (Sandy, UT)
The most effective way to decide what is going to work best for you is to try each gym out. Whether it’s a big box gym, yoga studio or Crossfit box, most will offer a free trial class or day pass to check it out. So much of your decision will come down to your preference on group or individual training. If you are really uncomfortable in a room full of people, then try out a big box gym where you can seek out personal training.
Ask to meet with a couple of the trainers (this is almost always free) for a consultation. This will allow you to see if you connect well with the trainers. The downside to personal training is most certainly the expense. A typical one hour training session is anywhere from $50-$75 per hour; which can add up. Without the personal trainer however, the big box gym can be very overwhelming when you aren’t sure how to use the equipment or exactly how to set up your workout routine each week. This is when something like Crossfit can be very beneficial.
Most crossift gyms are around $150/month which includes unlimited classes with certified coaches. Every class is structured, programmed and taught by experienced coaches that will guide you through the movements everyday and tailor the workouts to your ability level and movement capabilities.You do not have to figure out what you are going to do everyday nor do you have to pay to get personal training. There is always a coach right there with you every class. You just show up and do the work and they will do all the thinking! The energy and support that you receive from your fellow athletes is pretty amazing as well. That being said, it can be a high energy and intense environment, which is not for everybody.
In addition to the regular classes, many gyms offer yoga, kids classes, and other athletic opportunities. Always be sure to choose the gym with the options that fit best with your lifestyle and goals.
A little research goes a long way. Just search your local gyms and check them out. You are bound to find the right fit.
So, don’t be afraid, get out there and get after it! Whatever you decide to do, just get your body moving. Go for a hike, go skiing, go to the gym, go for a walk. You will feel so much better when you do.