Jayde Nicole: A Beginner's Guide to Hitting the Gym

By By Jayde Nicole

Jayde tells you everything you need to know to be a gym pro.

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Welcome to Workout Wednesdays, the new Playboy.com fitness blog by Jayde Nicole—personal trainer, fitness nutritionist, health nut, TV personality and, last but not least, Playboy’s 2008 Playmate of the Year. Check back each week for Jayde’s latest tips, and be sure to visit her all-new fitness website JaydeNicole.com.

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This Week: A Beginner’s Guide to Hitting the Gym

The gym can be a very intimidating place, even for people who are already somewhat in shape. Not knowing what to do or where to start gives people anxiety and an excuse not to even try. Complex machines with all kinds ropes and weights, gym etiquette, rules, and seriously buff people walking around can be scary for any new gym goer (and sometimes even me!). I’m here to help you get over that fear and teach you everything you need to know to become a gym pro. No more excuses!

Get a Detailed Tour

Whenever you start at a new gym they walk you around quickly and show you the basics. Request a detailed tour, pay attention and most importantly ask questions. This way you will understand all the different areas of the gym and what they are used for:warming up, training, weight lifting, classes and more. You’ll also learn about all the amenities you get with your membership like steam rooms, saunas, spa, tanning, towels, pool, lounge room, and so on. This tour should get you well acquainted with your new home away from home and feeling confident that you know where to go for each part of your workout.

Take the Gym Pamphlets…

…And actually read them! You get a lot of paperwork when you first buy your membership—I know, I know, you don’t have the time to read it all, but it is filled with tons of helpful information! So take a couple minutes and go through it. You will learn the hours of operation so you don’t show up at 8 p.m. on a Saturday when they’re closed. It tells you what time the classes are and where in the gym they are taught so you can attend them or schedule your workouts around them. There will also be a section on gym etiquette and rules. These are important but always over exaggerated. For example, “no cell phone shall ever be present on the gym floor” just means don’t be loudly talking on your phone in the middle of the room—texting or emailing is fine (not that you should be doing that in the middle of your workout). So read them but don’t let them scare you.

Take the Free Training Session

You are usually offered a free 30-60 minute session with one of the gym’s certified personal trainers as part of your welcome package. A lot of people are too intimidated to start with a trainer or think its some kind of trick to get you to buy a training package. I always tell people to take advantage of this and to use it on their first visit. The trainer will know every machine in this gym and exactly how it works, so walk around and ask tons of questions. Share your goals and make a plan of attack. They will tell you where you should start and what type of workouts you should be doing to reach your goals!

Get Some New Gear

Now that you know exactly what your doing and you know that gym inside and out, you are ready to get in there and get your fitness on! But wait! There is one more thing that is very important: what you wear. If your running shoes are more then a year old, or you haven’t been in workout clothes in over a year, you need to update you wardrobe. Head to the nearest Sports Outlet store and pick up some new gear. Allow the sales person to help guide you into getting the right materials and fit for the type of workouts you do. As a rule of thumb please stick to the basic colors when you are starting—nothing too bright, no crazy designs, glitter or studding. Also please make sure it fits you properly. Not too tight, not bagging off your hips, no belly showing and absolutely no butt cracks! Got it? Good! Felling comfortable and confident in your clothing will really help you get into the gym and start working towards your goals.

You did it: You are now a Jayde Nicole Fitness Gym expert! It is time to over come your fears of starting at a gym and get yourself healthy, fit and sexy. Until next time, see you in the gym!

Workout Move of the Week: Side Lunges

Have questions or suggestions for an upcoming Workout Wednesday? Message me on Twitter (@Jayde_Nicole) or in the Locker Room at JaydeNicole.com. Next Week:How to Stay in Shape on Vacation

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