Gyms are the perfect place to go when you need to get into shape and increase your overall fitness levels. Appointments are usually made in person, but making them over the phone or via social media channels is not unusual either.
Depending on your personal preference, you can go to a 24 hour gym that uses more technology, such as computer screens to show attendees how to do the exercises, or, if you would rather have a human being show you what to do, there still are more traditional gyms that use real trainers for all their classes. Qualified instructors offer group classes that are suitable for every fitness level, from beginners to advanced; group classes include gymnastics, aerobics, aqua aerobics, yoga, Pilates, cycling, boxing, and self-defense. Most gyms sometimes offer free classes for their members, for example, boxing for ladies only.
Going to a health club allows you to work out with free weights such as dumbbells and kettle bells, and on exercise machines that are fitted with ergometers that display personal data of the user, such as heart rate, calories burned, the equivalent of the number of kilometers the person has run, etc. There is a great variety of workout machines that you can find in a large gym, and these include: stationary bicycles, treadmills, rowing machines, elliptical trainers (all of these are great for cardio training), as well as weight machines for strength training. Personal trainers can also be booked for an hourly fee. Sometimes, when the weather allows it, classes take place outside on fitness trails, balancing beams, pull-up bars, and similar equipment.
Body posture and warming up
Maintaining your body in the correct posture throughout the exercise is important not only for the success of the workout, but also to prevent injuries; however, this can become rather difficult towards the end of the exercise. For this reason, most gyms are equipped with large mirrors that enable members to check their position constantly and adjust it whenever needed, while exercising under the close supervision of a fitness instructor can also help you maintain proper body posture.
Remember to spend some time warming up before you actually get to the exercise properly; this will increase your flexibility and set your muscles into workout mode, thus avoiding any injuries; and don’t forget to drink plenty of water, especially while training.
Larger gyms also have cafes and snack bars, a dedicated shopping area where you can find fitness and health-related products, and even play areas where busy parents can leave their children under the care of a certified supervisor while they are working out.