Being a member of an Anytime Fitness club is an awesome thing. The 24 hour access to the club and their expert advice are the reasons I joined.
I was going to give a nice list of things that would make your experience in the club better but instead… I am just going to give you one tip.
Walk through the doors
I spent so many years thinking about working out. I would wake up some days and tell myself that, “This was going to be the day I become more active.” Yet, the only thing that was more active on those days was my eating.
About four years ago, I finally got the courage to walk into a gym. I was morbidly obese at the time. My clothes were snug on me, but in all fairness there were not many loose fitting shirts and shorts for a 420 pound man.
My first experience
When I walked in I noticed some things I never saw before…
I saw some men and women working out who were not “perfect.” I remember seeing so many ads for gyms and being intimidated by the models they used. You know… sleek women and muscle men.
I was thrilled to see average looking people. Some were not as thin as others, some were not and chubby as others. But they looked normal to me. They looked real to me.
I watched a workout class and noticed that some people who take aerobics have no rhythm. This made me feel good. When you watch a Zumba infomercial you see everyone with the “Moves Like Jagger.” When you watch a class you realize that anyone can do it. You do not have to look great doing it, but everyone in the class looked like they were having fun!
I saw people reading instructions on weight machines. It made me realize I can as well and then learn the motions to get to a point where I am today!
All are welcome
I noticed that working out is for everyone. Not just the elite. Not just the fit. The gym is a safe haven for those who want to be active.
When I left the gym four years ago, I did not have the best workout. The point is wanting to go back the next day and the next. There will be days where you do not want to workout. That is not the point. The point is after a few days catching yourself and saying, “You know….I really need to go back!”
I am a proud member of Anytime Fitness. I have written on here how the gym, the CEO, and even this blog have changed my perception on life. The gym has given me confidence that food never did. The gym has changed my life.
So I have just one tip for you on how to use your gym more effectively…