Going to the gym has become a popular fitness pastime for a great many people. Gym memberships can offer people anything from access to just a gym with workout machines or to other facilities as well such as a swimming pool or fitness classes.
Working out at a gym can sometimes feel like an intimidating experience to a newcomer, however nearly all gyms will offer you an induction with a member of staff or personal trainer to help you feel at ease and start the right fitness regime.
A typical gym will have workout machines such as treadmills for walking or running, cardio machines such as the cross-trainer, rowing machine, stepper and exercise bicycle. There will also be machine weights and a free-weights area. At your induction you will be shown how to use all the machines and the weights if you wish to use those.
Once you get into your own choice of regime you may find that you like to workout for half an hour a few times a week or perhaps an hour or two just a couple of times a week. It is all down to personal preference and the goals you are trying to achieve. The experience of working out in a gym can be a social one if you see the same people all the time when you go as you can get to know them. It can also be a tough experience if you are struggling with your fitness. Staff members are usually around to offer advice.
Many gyms have workout machines where you can plug in your headphones and listen to a choice of music as you work out which often makes the time go more quickly. Other gyms might have music playing loudly for everyone to hear or perhaps televisions on the wall to watch as you are running or cycling.
As well as the gym itself with the workout machines, many gyms offer fitness classes as well such as yoga and aerobics.