New to the gym? Here’s how to look like a pro

Denise Hart uses bleach wipes to clean off a reformer at her Pilates studio at Strictly Fitness in Springettsbury Township. Learn gym etiquette and talk with a fitness professional to build confidence while working out. (Photo by Paul Kuehnel)


It’s more than six weeks after many people made healthy resolutions, and hopefully, new gym-goers are still going strong.

According to an article on Examiner.com, only 8 percent of New Year’s resolutions are successful. Of the 47 percent of Americans who usually make resolutions, 47 percent resolve to improve themselves, and 38 percent aim to lose weight.

Great goals, but let’s boost that success rating.

Many people who are just starting out on a fitness journey often feel uncomfortable or self-conscious at gyms. Sometimes, those negative feelings prevent people from joining or from making it a long-term habit.

If that’s you — don’t sweat it. Just picture everyone in their sweaty underwear. Never mind because that would be gross and borderline creepy.

Maybe you’re worried that you stick out like a sore thumb. However, the more you expose yourself to the environment, the more comfortable you’ll become.

And, we’ve got something to help you fit in. A recent story published in Smart magazine provides readers with gym etiquette.

If you need some pointers about how to make the most of your workout, talk to a personal trainer at your gym or research workout schedules online. Many gyms offer evaluations and a session or two with a trainer.

In no time, you’ll look like a pro.


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Need a gym? Check out No Sweat, York’s list.

Want to work out somewhere else? See our Google map of places to exercise in York County.

About Leigh Zaleski

I'm a health features reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News and healthy living blogger for No Sweat, York. Contact me with story ideas at lzaleski@ydr.com, 717-771-2101 or @leighzaleski on Twitter.
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