6 Tips for Getting the Most out of your Gym Membership

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Are you new to Renfrewshire Leisure? Or simply finding your fitness feet again? We all have to start somewhere. Luckily, our venues are ready to support you as you take your first few fitness steps.

Here are 6 top tips collated by John Glen, a former gym instructor and Personal Trainer turned Activity Coordinator at Johnstone Community Sports Hub.

Make a plan

It might sound simple but the key to successful training is a good workout plan. Without one, you'll end up doing a few exercises here and there and then leave the gym feeling like you could have achieved so much more. By making a plan, you'll know exactly what it is that you're aiming for each time you visit. It's best to set yourself small goals starting out to build up to your one big end goal. Breaking your fitness progress up into small, realistic goals will help focus your mind and keep you motivated to reach for your next achievement. 

Stick to it

Workout plan sorted? Now for the hard part...sticking with it! Choose the best time of the day for you to work out and stay on schedule. Whether you prefer an early morning workout to kick start the day, an afternoon session or an evening visit to the gym to de-stress, it's important you don't stray from your schedule, especially in the beginning. Fitting your workout in to your routine will make it much easier for you to stick to. And remember there's no need to train for hours on end, sometimes short sessions can be just as effective.

Warm Up

A warm up should be part of every workout. Don't waste your time with old fashioned stretches, side bends or toe touches; instead try a more dynamic warm up routine that gets the heart pumping and warms all of the big muscle groups. A good warm up is key to preventing injury and can actually improve your workout performance - taking you one step closer to your next workout goal!

Keep a track of your progress

Record everything! As repetitive as it might seem, it's the best way to tell if your workout is efficient, pushing you to achieve your goals or whether you've hit a plateau and it's time to up the intensity. Tracking progress is great for keeping you focused too. If a workout diary isn't your style, you can also track your progress with pictures, weekly weigh ins or a number of fitness apps and wearable tech; whatever works best for you.

Ask for help

In a training rut? Feel like you're just going through the motions? We all have workouts that leave us feeling flat from time to time. Don't be shy if your workout isn't working for you. Each of our venues have expert staff on hand who will be more than happy to help you reach your next goal. It could be something as simple as correcting your form or suggesting an alternative exercise, so don't be afraid to ask for our advice.

Compete

It could be you vs you and you're striving to beat your previous personal best, or you vs a friend with a target to smash. There's no doubt that introducing a bit of (healthy!) competition pushes you on. Your mind will give up 1000 times before your body does and often the element of competition is all you need to spur you on.

Now that you're equipped with our 6 top tips, you're ready to go! Just remember to stay hydrated and wear the correct gear for your workout and if you have any questions, feel free to chat to a member of our staff. 

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