Going to the gym for the first time can be an intimidating experience – especially if you can’t persuade a friend to join you. There’s the fear of walking into a crowded room alone and everyone’s eyes being on you (the newbie), not to mention equipment that you’ve never seen or used before. Yet despite this, there are several benefits a gym membership can bring; such as improving cardiovascular fitness, weight loss and muscle building.
To save you the embarrassment of not having the right kit on your first visit to the gym, we thought that we’d share the essentials you’ll need to bring with you and get the best out of your sheffield personal trainers…
- A gym bag
Rule number one is to get yourself a decent holdall or gym bag. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, just something that allows you to carry clean clothes and toiletries (if you’re planning to get a shower after your workout), a post-workout snack and a padlock. Once you get to the changing room, you can change into your gym gear, if you’ve come straight from work, or simply take out what you need and stow your bag in a locker.
- Water bottle
It may seem a tad obvious, but remember to pick up a bottle of water before you head to the gym. The last thing you want to do is dehydrate! Depending on the facilities available at the gym, there may be a water fountain that you can refill your bottle at or a vending machine for when you’ve worked up a sweat and need to replenish your energy.
- A towel
If you’re working out, it’s inevitable things are going to get sweaty, very quickly. But is there anything worse than going to use a piece of equipment only to find that the person using it before you has left their sweat all over it? With that said, it’s a good idea to take a small towel to the gym, so you can give the apparatus a quick wipe down before moving on to the next.
Whilst most gyms will have some music playing in the background, you may wish to listen to your own playlist. In which case, you’ll want to have your earphones in your gym bag ready. Sure, you could use big chunky headphones but they aren’t the most practical option. Perhaps use simple earphones or, better still, wireless ones that won’t dangle or get caught in machines?
- A padlock
At most gyms, you will be required to bring your own padlock if you’re planning on using the changing room lockers to store your valuables (i.e. car keys, wallet, phone, any jewellery that you don’t want to train in, etc.). Any key locking or combination padlock will do – just as long as you remember the key or numerical code! Otherwise, you’ll have to risk leaving your possessions in an unlocked locker or carry everything around with you.
If you don’t have a padlock already, or you need to invest in a new one for the gym, be sure to visit LockShop Direct. They have a comprehensive range of padlocks available – including well-respected brands, such as Abus, Ifam, Master, Mul-T-Lock and Yale, to name just a few. And best of all, if you order before 5pm, your new padlock will arrive at your door the next day.