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Top 5 gym tips

Top 5 Tips

Top 5 Tips for attending an Exeter Sport fitness centre

At Exeter Sport, we know how attending a gym can make you feel. It's very normal to be unsure when starting your gym journey, but we want to make sure that we go above and beyond to reassure you and give you the knowledge you need when attending one of our facilities. Leah, who is one of our health and fitness consultants and specialises in strength training and conditioning gives us her top 5 tips for attending an Exeter Sport Fitness Centre...

1. Have a plan in mind - choose your time wisely

Having a gym session planned ahead of time as well as a back-up plan presents a number of advantages. Firstly, it allows focus and efficiency, meaning your workouts will be more effective and enjoyable. Secondly, it means you are more likely to train well as you are accountable to your pre-planned gym session. It can be frustrating when a piece of equipment you want to use is already taken. As such, it pays to have an alternative exercise substitute which will save you from waiting and getting cold. If you are struggling for ideas, please ask a member of staff and they will happily help you. 

The gym can also be busy between 10am-12pm and 5pm-7pm. However, early mornings and mid-afternoons tend to be quieter times when you can train more freely. If you have the iExeter app you can see a live update on how many people are in the gym at that precise moment.

2. Go with a friend

If possible, training with a friend will allow you to enjoy a shared experience and build a stronger connection. It can be fun and motivating to train with someone you know and you will likely train harder. If you don’t have a friend to train with, then you can use your time in the gym to grow friendships with new people who have a shared interest.

3. Ask for help

If you are new to the gym or are in need of ideas or focus for your training then we are here to help you. We can show you how to use a piece of equipment, give you feedback on exercise technique or write you a free gym programme which you can book here. All you have to do is ask!

4. Equalise muscle groups whilst controlling your excercises 

It is really important to ensure you are working all your muscle groups, particularly the muscles which ‘pull’ the body (posterior chain muscles). We often get caught in the trap of only pushing, such as bench press or leg press. But it is vitally important we train the opposite muscle groups in the posterior chain so that we can avoid any major imbalances. Applying control to your gym exercises looks a lot like slowing the movement down. Don’t rush a lift or movement; instead, apply conscious control to your exercise and allow yourself time to feel the connection between your brain and muscles. Doing this will create more time under tension and allow for greater neurological adaptation within the muscle and nerves.

5. Make training manageable

We often have conversations with new members of the gym who start out with good intentions and want to train 7 days per week. Whilst this enthusiasm is great to hear, it is often the case that people start well but find their new pattern difficult to commit to because of time or wavering enthusiasm. Instead, start off training 3-4 days per week or a number which is manageable. This will help prolong motivation and enthusiasm. Also, it is much easier to add training and facilitate progress than it is to take away gym sessions and dampen your spirit.


Date: 7 March 2022