Episode 82: Your Fitness Questions Answered: Getting Over Gym Intimidation

September 4, 2019

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Episode Overview

Starting a movement habit and going to the gym can be intimidating if you’re a beginner. That’s why Annie and Balance365 Coach Coordinator Meg Ramos got together to answer common questions actual Balance365 members have asked to help make the gym feel a bit more comfortable.

 What you’ll hear in this episode

  • What is the protocol for wiping down equipment?
  • What do you use a Smith machine for?
  • How do you know you’re doing an exercise correctly?
  • How do you get the most bang for your buck if you’re short on time at the gym?
  • Is there really a bonus to rotating workouts like leg day arm day?
  • Lingo and gym etiquette
  • How to avoid unwanted conversation at the gym
  • Best strategies for getting ready for work – post-workout logistics
  • What to do with your hair after a workout
  • Hygiene tips and tricks
  • Making the most of your lunch hour workout
  • Weight training belts – are they really necessary?
  • When the machines don’t fit your body will free weights and barbells work the same?
  • The answer to “I don’t sweat as much during weights versus cardio. Is that okay?”
  • How to choose weights, sets, and reps
  • What to do if you pick weights that are too heavy or too light
  • How to tell if you need a spotter
  • Is doing the same workout every time bad?
  • The SAID principle, what it is and what it means



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.


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