By Lauren Denos: 12/3/2014 (Fitness)

Do you go to the gym and wonder how to do something and then just end up winging it?

If you know exactly what you are doing then I am sure you see other people doing the wing it move. This is something that I think many fitness pros and fitness enthusiests see on a regular basis. It‘s something that can be very detrimental to your progress with creating that stronger body you are looking to achieve.

You could be using incorrect form.

Most of the time, if you are new to weight training and are winging it, you are using very incorrect form. If your form is all over the place, you could injure yourself and there is no reason for that to happen. This is very obvious when you see people doing bicep curls or lateral pull downs in the gym. They will be using their back by swinging in the exercise, which puts them at much greater risk for injury. If you have seen that in other people, ask yourself if you are making mistakes like this as well.

No one knows it all, and you are not expected to either.

No one will never know it all, so do not feel like you are going to look stupid for asking. Even if you have been training for a long period of time, you may want to learn a new exercise or technique. If you ask, people will at least know you are smart enough to want to learn the correct way. Most of the time if a fitness professional sees you doing something wrong they want to correct you anyway.

Everyone starts somewhere.

Typically when someone is starting they have asked for help from other people, and most of them do not mind paying that forward as long as you are not taking up a ton of their workout time. So never be afraid to ask because people will give you the time to show you how to do something. Gym ettiquette is to not ask someone a question while they are doing their set, but if you do have one ask people without earphones on if at all possible. Many times the earphones serve as a sign that those people don’t want to be bothered. The more you go, you will be able to get a feel for people, and learn the ones who won’t mind helping out.

Ask a trainer or at least someone who knows what thet are doing.

Obviously the best way to go is to ask a trainer in the gym where you are working out. They are there to help and most of them will give you answers to your questions without paying for a session. If you can afford to, get a couple of sessions with a good trainer. Then, at least, you can have some dedicated time to learn good form from them. But what if you cannot afford a trainer and there are no trainers around to ask? Ask someone who looks like they know what they are doing. This is actually a tricky area because you have no gurantee that they are good at what they are doing whereas trainers have professional credentials for this. Worst case scenario, find someone who looks knowledgable enough to help. Save yourself the injury of doing it wrong by yourself.

If you are looking to hire a trainer long term, then you want to make sure that you find someone who is good for you. Take these into consideration when looking for trainers.

  • Find someone who is knowledgeable in their field, especially when it comes to the goals you want to achieve.
  • Find someone who you gel with. You will be spending plenty of time with this person, and many times you are telling them somewhat personal information. You want to not only trust them, but also like them so that you look forward to going to the gym to workout with them.
  • Look at their figure. Now this is not a hard fast rule since their are lean people who work hard to build muscle, which is partly how they are so knowledgeable, but these are the people who will help you most with teaching you to how to build muscle and lose weight like they did. Looks do not always tell you what they know, but it is good to see what their general physic is like. Getting someone who has gone through the same journey that you are going through can help.
  • Raw knowledge or book smarts, while good, is not the most important thing to look for in a trainer. Look for someone who will find answers for you. Trainers take on so many clients, so maybe they won’t know the answers right away, but they will at least have the skills to get them for you get the information you need.
  • Make sure they emphasise a good diet. They should either work with you to help you find what is appropriate for you, or they should send you to a good nuritional consultant. Your workout will help you get stronger, but the root of your health comes from what you are eating. If you are going to hire a trainer do not expect miracles. They will give you knowledge and direct you, but they will not do the workout for you. That’s on you. Just as eating right is. Your trainer cannot control what you choose to eat when they are not with you.

The point of this is

Even if you can not afford a trainer, when you are at the gym and need help understanding something, ask! Most people will gladly help you. More often than not, they have been in your shoes at one point or another. When you have been at this for a while and become knowledgeable in your routine, you can then pay it forward to someone else who needs the help.





 

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