If you’re new to the gym it can be difficult to know what to do when you walk in the doors, which can make the experience as a whole very intimidating. I’ll give you a quick break down of what you should and shouldn’t do to so that you can avoid ending up on YouTube.

  1. Ask for Help– If you don’t know what you’re doing it is probably best to hire a personal trainer to show you the ropes. I know they can be expensive but they’re there so that you can workout confidently. If you don’t want to spend the money then watch from videos on YouTube, then record your form so that you can compare the two. Just don’t be the guy that puts himself at risk of injury because he refused to ask for help.
  2. Wear Comfortable Clothes– The gym isn’t a fashion show, so you don’t have to have wear Nike everything. Don’t feel like you need to spend a ton of money on clothes before you workout because you just don’t need to. All you need are a couple pairs of shorts, a few comfy t-shirs and athletic shoes. As you begin to specialize a little more you can invest in a lifting belt, straps or whatever, but don’t  break the bank immediately.
  3. Stay Off Your Phone– Look I get it you lead a busy life, but put it on hold for an hour and workout please! It pisses everyone off when you’re texting in the squat rack or on the deadlift pad because you’re wasting space and time. Yes you need rest periods and yes you can listen to music or record your form. However, tell your bros about your #summerbod after the workout because other people are actually trying to lift, and no one is impressed by your 15″ arms.
  4. Work Hard and Lift Heavy– This is the biggest thing to do in any gym you go to, even Planet Fitness. Put your head down and go to work because there’s no reason to workout if you don’t do any real work. No one is expecting you to break world records but everyone wants you to reach your goal. The fitness community is very accepting of those who work hard no matter what level you are currently at. Everyone started at some point and the experienced guys understand and respect the journey, so you might as well start yours right.
  5. Use a Full Range of Motion- There is a lot of information floating around about using a partial range of motion to isolate a muscle group. While using a partial range of motion can be okay in certain situations, but you aren’t at the point in your lifting career where you need to use a partial range of motion. Learn proper form and use a full range of motion to build maximal strength and muscle, doing so will not produce maximal results but it will also keep you safer. I cannot stress this point enough, please learn how to use a proper range of motion on all movements. I don’t want to see you get hurt but using super heavy weights with a partial range of motion is a one way ticket to your chiropractor.

Thanks for reading my list of how to stay off YouTube fail compilations! If you have any questions please feel free to email me or leave a comment below.