Exercise Getting Started in the Gym: Goal, Plan, Coach!

Are you ready to start hitting the gym, but don’t know where to start? That’s okay. It can be overwhelming and intimidating, but don’t let that stop you. Growth happens when we get uncomfortable.

In this article, I want to help you establish a goal and being aware to why you want to pursue this particular goal. I’ll go over the importance of having a sustainable plan and how hiring a personal trainer or coach can be beneficial to your success. 

Step #1. What is your goal or objective and why?

It is easy to say that, “I want to lose weight.” That is great, but why do you want to lose that weight? Oftentimes a person will start with the best intentions, but shortly after begin to miss workouts, eat poorly and soon give up on their goal. There must a reason behind the goal you want to achieve something. For example, some people enjoy setting a deadline like a wedding, holiday or reunion and want to look and feel their best. Other reasons could be to have more energy for their family, get off a medication or compete in an athletic event. These “whys” typically help someone stay accountable to their goal. Making a change is hard! Having the goal in mind with a passionate reason behind it will help you stay the course when you want to give up.

Step #2. Go in with a plan.

As the saying goes, “fail to plan, plan to fail.” Do not just willy-nilly it. Consider your schedule. What days and times do you know that you can absolutely make it to a workout class, go for a walk or run or commit to meeting with your personal trainer. This must be without fault and doable. Plan and pack your meals for the week when your schedule is busy. This ensures your success, saves time and money. Set out your workout close or gym bag the night before with your shoes so there is no way you can forget it. Lastly you ought to have workout program. It doesn’t matter if it’s gym classes, a running group or weight training. Once you get to your planned activity you already know what you are doing. You don’t need to find a workout or just roam about aimlessly. You go in and do your work. Planning eliminates the excuses, so make sure you do it.

Step #3: Hire a trainer or coach.

Having someone in your corner is so helpful. A good trainer will aim to understand your current situation, goals and reasons why you want to achieve it. It’s also a good idea to hire someone who has specific experience in what you are wanting to achieve. They will not only help you stay accountable, but also provide you with reassurance and guidance when you are feeling low or don’t understand something. Make sure you find someone who you genuinely connect with, has taken the time to know you, how you learn best, cares and will push you in a way that works for you. This could take a little time and few trainers, but it is worth it.

There you have it. A few tips on getting started in the gym: goal, plan, coach. Remember that getting uncomfortable helps you grow. When you take action it helps you move toward your goal. There is something that you want to change when a goal is in mind, so let’s get out there and do it. 

<3 Coach Corinne

Strong Beans Fitness


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