For many people, ripping the band-aid off and finally joining a gym for the first time is a tough call. If you’re investing money and time into something, you definitely want to know whether it’s going to be something you’ll enjoy or not.
Is the gym going to be fun? Am I going to enjoy it enough to keep coming back, day after day?
Going to the gym is fun if you fall in love with the process of self-improvement, enjoy the type of gym and community you’re in, and set goals that you can work towards. The gym can be boring if you never change up your training, hate the facility and people, and never set any targets to work towards.
Whether or not the gym is fun for you really comes down to you and how you approach the process. In reality, you’re only going to know if you give it a go.
Today, you’ll learn how the gym can be an extremely enjoyable experience.
Let’s dive right in.
Is Going to the Gym Fun?
Whether or not the gym is fun for you really comes down to how you approach the process. If you go in with the mentality that the gym is there to entertain you, rather than using the gym as a mere tool to fall in love with the self-improvement process, you’re likely going to run into some trouble.
The biggest key to finding the gym fun is falling in love with the process, rather than going to the gym expecting results to just ‘happen’. The reality is, that the gym is hard – you’re there to break down your body so that you can become a slightly better, stronger, and fitter version of yourself over time.
So if you go into it expecting the gym to be a blast, and forget that there’s work to be done, you’ll be in for a surprise. In saying this, although you might not love the muscle discomfort or gasping for air at the time, the endorphins you experience and the overall feeling of self-accomplishment makes it all worthwhile.
Why do I Find the Gym so Boring?
Many people get super excited when joining the gym, expecting their results to simply fall into place when they arrive at the gym doors, rather than remembering the hard work and dedication that’s required.
The gym can become boring for a whole host of reasons, most often, it’s because you haven’t chosen the right gym for you. Sitting on the same machines and completing the same workout routine the same number of times each week is going to become monotonous and boring! Maybe your current gym doesn’t suit your personality or circumstances? Maybe you need to sample some other exercise modailities to see if there’s a better fit.
It’s also vital that you change up your workouts every 6 to 10 weeks to ensure you are not only enjoying it, but also that your body is adapting and not hitting a plateau. Don’t just keep doing the same thing because it’s convenient, put yourself out there and try something new! Maybe you haven’t set any meaningful goals and thus having nothing to work towards?
How can I Make the Gym Fun?
In order for the gym to be fun, you need to get proactive.
You need to think of the gym like a car, and you are the driver. At the end of the day, the gym is just a vessel or tool to get you to where you want to go, it’s up to you to decide what direction to take and how fast you’ll go.
Love the Process of Self Improvement
Falling in love with the self-improvement is the best strategy for ensuring the gym stays fun. Self-improvement refers to the relentless pursuit of becoming the best possible version of yourself that you can. The great thing about self-improvement is that it’s completely in your control, and you also get to decide what direction to take.
Maybe you want to lose some weight, get fitter, or perhaps you want to get stronger – both physically and mentally? It’s possible that you want to become more confident in yourself or the way you look? When you put your mind to it, consistently work hard, and start to see some results, the feeling is mind-blowing.
Once you’ve felt it, the gym becomes a far more enjoyable experience.
Set Goals to Work Towards
When you first join the gym, you’ll most likely be filled with excitement and anticipation. This may last a week or two at most – but the reality is that that feeling will fade. Your motivation may start to dwindle. So what should you do?
First, imagine this…
It’s summer and you’re off to a new destination with your family – what’s the first thing you do when you jump in the car? You get up google maps and put in your destination to help you navigate the journey, obviously! The reality is that without a roadmap, you’re eventually going to get lost.
Writing down some practical goals so that you know where you’ve come from and where you’re heading – they’re your gym journey roadmap.
Goals can ensure that your training doesn’t become boring. If, on a particular day, you’re feeling really flat and cannot be bothered, you can think back to your goals and remember that putting in the work today is one of the little steps that can help achieve your longer-term goal(s). You’ll soon that enjoyment and fun back before long.
Pick the Right Gym for You
Choosing the right gym for you is one of the most important ways to ensure you find the gym fun. You need to think about what type of person you are and what helps you to thrive in other areas of your life.
Do you need an army of motivating others to inspire you or do you prefer tackling things alone? You might also need to sample different exercise modalities e.g. classes, yoga, pilates, strength training, cycling etc. to see what you enjoy the most. Maybe it’s even a different combination of these within a week to keep things interesting?
If you’ve had bad experiences with the gym or exercise in the past, perhaps you need to try something new? Maybe you need to think about other types of gyms that would suit you better?
Make it a Social Experience
Whenever I’ve had one of my most enjoyable workouts, it’s been with other people. Don’t get me wrong, I also love working out alone too, but there’s something about the comradery and ‘being in it together’ that’s pretty special.
Whether this is finding a gym buddy, a friend or being part of a structured group fitness environment, working out with others and making it a social experience makes the gym extremely fun!
If you are currently working out from home alone, or attend a gym that’s drying out your motivation, it may be time to think of ways you can involve other people.
The Next Steps
At the end of the day, if you want the gym to be fun, it needs to come from within. The gym is merely a vehicle that you’re in control of.
At Get Gym Fit, we are all about helping people find a gym that’s the right fit. We spend an extensive amount of time reviewing gyms in local areas to ensure new gym goers feel informed before making a decision. We want to help you join a gym you’ll love and keep coming back to.