July 19, 2023

New to the gym? Here’s some tips from Steph!

Stepping into the gym for the first time can be really intimidating. I’ve been there, I totally get it.

One of the most effective ways to combat ‘gymtimidation’ is by empowering yourself with a structured and effective program that supports you to make the most out of your gym sessions, and that’s why I’m so passionate about Lift, our brand new gym program.

So if you’re new to the gym or you’re craving a little confidence boost, here’s a few tips that help me Kic it in the gym:

New to strength training? Start with the basics…

If you’re brand new to strength training, before you take on our Lift program, I’d recommend starting with the basics. Opt for our KICSTART program which is a 4-week PT-style strength & HIIT program. This will help you learn the foundations of strength training, improve your form and familiarise yourself with gym equipment like dumbbells, kettle bells, benches and boxes.

Another option is to follow our guided strength masterclasses with Danny, Sami or Britt in app. Once you’ve built up your strength and confidence, Lift will be there to take your gym workouts to the next level.

Have a back up plan

There will be times where you have to wait for equipment, it’s totally normal, the gym is a public space! I recommend having a back up plan so that you’re not left standing around for too long.

When I’m following the Lift program and I’m waiting for someone to finish up with a machine, I’ll use the swap feature to focus on a different exercise in the mean-time.

Another tip is to do some stretching and use the time as an active break, or if I’m feeling really energetic I’ll jump on the treadmill and smash out one of Laura’s 10 minute masterclasses.

Consistency is key

When you’re new to the gym, consistency is a key in order to build your skills, strength and confidence. The more you put yourself out of your comfort zone, and familiarise yourself with this new environment, the more empowered and STRONG you’ll start to feel.

But if you’re like me, and only able to get to the gym once a week, don’t let this deter you from starting our Lift program. I’ve only committed to one gym workout per week, because that’s what’s realistic for me – the rest of my workouts will probably be Pilates masterclasses at home. That’s the beauty of Kic, you can literally build a routine to suit you.

Remember you’re not alone

We all have to start somewhere! Even the biggest gym-buffs once stepped foot into the gym for the first time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether that’s a PT, receptionist or another gym-goer. It’s all about giving it a go, back yourself and focus on your progress, not perfection!

Steph Claire Smith