The first time you sign up and set foot in the adult gym door, can be very intimidating . Odd grunting sounds, protein-fuelled muscle men, women looking beautiful and effortless and thousands of exercise options. Where do you even start?
Do you know how what each machine is meant for? Or what weight is right for you? It can be very daunting ! Take a read of this blog to see how you can get your teen can get adult gym ready and confident enough to walk through those doors feeling awesome.
First things first
As with anything, practice makes perfect. But how can you do that if you can only join a gym at a minimum of 16 years old? Well, there are teen gyms out there that have a focus on improving your fitness, technique and confidence, while giving you more and more the experience with exercises and gym knowledge to take into those adult gyms later down the line.
MFG-fit is Australia’s first functional training program, specifically built for ages 7-15 years. The experience is engineered to supplement, and or, compliment all sports and activities, with a fun, yet challenging, 10-week program focusing on speed, endurance, strength and power.
Benefits to preparation
Apart from the obvious gain of experience, by getting prepared for adult gyms it helps to get your teen used to the adult gym world and etiquette, such as structured exercise classes, what to do and most importantly, what not to do. With adult gym it is very easy to injure yourself and do the opposite effect to what you’re trying to achieve.
Since your child is new to the gym, it’s important to learn new terms that will help them to exercise and measure results. Your teen will be able to learn these early and when ready, go straight into an adult gym and start. Such as:
- Reps: This is how many times you do a certain exercise. For example, 6 reps of press ups, is just 6 press ups.
- Set: This is the number of times you do this particular ‘round’. For example, you did 6 press ups, then took a 10 second break. This is one set.
Transitioning to adult gyms
When your child does first transition from a teen to an adult gym, you’ll be best to shop around your local gyms to see what they are offering as each gym will have a different promotion on. Try to find a gym that offers a couple of personal training sessions, so that they can give your child a few routines to trial out and advise them what would be best for them to get to where they want to be.
When your child is shopping around at seeing what gym is for them, ask them to give you a tour of the facilities, to see if you’re comfortable with the equipment they have and where everything is.
- Bring a towel. Never underestimate how sweaty you’ll be getting. Some gyms offer towels, but if you’re unsure, call ahead or ask when you’re shopping around.
- Leave your phone in the lockers, or if you’re using it for music, turn it on ‘do not disturb’ or ‘airplane mode’. This will stop you from getting distracted easily and will not disturb others who are doing their workouts.
- Remember to wipe down machines when you’re finished, it’s a rule in gyms to stick to. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t want to get on a sweaty exercise bike, would you?
- Look the part. Buy the right workout gear and trainers (you’ll thank us later!) By doing this, it’ll help you exercise better and feel more confident.
- Get warmed up! Warm ups are so important for your health. By warming up, it gets your body used to what you’re doing rather than sending it into shock mode.