So you’ve decided to sign up to a gym, maybe toying with the idea OR you may even be paying for a monthly membership that you classify as more of a donation due to your lack of attendance.

Whatever your sitch, you’re not alone. The gym can be a ridiculously intimidating place, especially when you’re not sure what to do or where to start. Whether you’re a gym-noob, or a class or cardio-camper, if you don’t quite have the guts to do your own thing, there are a few simple ways to build your confidence and start owning your sessions at the gym.

Channel that feeling you get when you’re all dolled up for a night out and feeling sexy AF. You may not get away with wearing your LBD to the gym (or will you!?) but owning a pair of tights that hold you in in all the right places is the next best thing.

If your most recent attempt at a squat was getting low to Flo Rida on Friday night, embrace it. Imagine you’re starring in a movie about your life and compile a list of pump-up songs you’d have on your soundtrack. That way you’ll approach each workout and gym session like…

Don’t be scared of starting at the very beginning. There are so many amazing workouts and plans floating around but if you sign up to an actual PT session to learn equipment basics and correct technique cues, you’ll have a ball and come away with a lot more than a sweat!

Every single person in the gym is on their own journey, at a completely different stage with their own goals. The chiselled bodies of the world have been training and eating well for years, so approach your own gym-journey like you would a new job – you wouldn’t compare yourself to an industry leader on your first day. It may be daunting and overwhelming at the beginning, but you’ll soon learn the ropes, have fun and dominate in the process.

Becky Bergman

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LOWER BODY-BASICS CIRCUIT

Start to familiarise yourself with the following exercises (without weight) and once you’re confident with the movements and your technique, add 2kgs to your workout each time.

Squats – 2:2 tempo (count for 2 seconds down and 2 seconds up)

  • 3 sets of 12 reps

Step-ups – 24 (12 each side)

Walking lunges – 2:2 tempo

  • 3 sets of 12 reps (imagine you’re walking on train tracks)

Step-ups – 24 (12 each side)

Hip thrusts – 2:2 tempo

  • 3 sets of 12 reps

Step-ups – 24 (12 each side)

Don’t forget to cool down and stretch!

Read Becky’s previous Girl on the Go blog here