A beginner’s guide to start training

By our PCYC Fortitude Valley Gym+Fitness team.

Starting your fitness journey: everyone begins somewhere

Embarking on a fitness journey can be both exciting and daunting. It’s important to remember that every fitness enthusiast, no matter how accomplished, had to start from scratch at some point. So, if you’re just beginning your own fitness adventure, you’re taking the first step towards a healthier, stronger, and more vibrant you.

Setting goals and understanding limitations

Before you dive headfirst into your fitness routine, take a moment to reflect on your goals. What do you want to achieve? Are you aiming to shed a few pounds, build muscle, increase your endurance, or simply adopt a healthier lifestyle? Understanding your objectives will help you chart a clear path to success.

Equally important is understanding your limitations. We all have unique strengths and weaknesses, and it’s crucial to acknowledge and respect them. If you have any pre-existing injuries or health concerns, it’s wise to consult with a healthcare professional or a qualified trainer who can guide you safely through your fitness journey. Remember, progress is made one step at a time, and it’s essential to prioritise your well-being along the way.

Creating your blueprint for success

Now that you have your goals in mind and a clear understanding of your limitations, it’s time to create a blueprint for your fitness regime. Start by designing a routine that incorporates full-body workouts. Aim to train each major muscle group up to three times a week. For instance, you could schedule your workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, or choose any other days that fit your schedule. It’s crucial to allow for adequate rest between sessions to promote muscle recovery and growth.

If you need help with developing a routine, PCYC Queensland has the perfect solution to assist you. Our Gym+Fitness membership includes Activ8 Fundamentals, a comprehensive 4-12 week program. With PCYC Queensland’s two-stage program, you’ll receive fitness education sessions and activity cards, empowering you with health and fitness knowledge while boosting your confidence at the gym.

Repetition and recovery

As a beginner, it’s advisable to begin with lighter weights to prioritise proper technique and complete your entire workout. Focus on learning how to contract your muscles effectively, as this forms the foundation for building strength and muscle mass. Repetition is key, as it helps your muscle fibers adapt and improve over time. Give your body the time it needs to recover between workouts to maximise your gains in size and strength.

The value of a personal trainer

Consider signing-up with a personal trainer, especially during the initial stages of your fitness journey. They can provide invaluable insights tailored to your specific needs, helping you navigate the challenges and stay motivated on your path to a healthier and fitter lifestyle. PCYC Queensland offer personal trainers at each PCYC Gym+Fitness centre, to help you on your fitness journey.

Embracing fitness classes and community

Don’t hesitate to step outside your comfort zone and join fitness classes or group activities. These can be fantastic opportunities to meet like-minded individuals, learn new skills, and find that extra boost of motivation when you need it most. PCYC Queensland have a variety of classes on offer, as well as our Activ8 Group Fitness classes, included in your Gym+Fitness membership. Remember, everyone starts somewhere, regardless of their fitness level. Embrace the journey, embrace the community, and know that you are not alone!.

Finally, always keep in mind that achieving your goals requires repetition, consistency, and unwavering determination. Stay committed to your fitness routine, celebrate small victories along the way, and don’t be discouraged by setbacks. With perseverance and a positive mindset, you’ll steadily progress towards your desired outcomes.

So, lace up those shoes, set your sights high, and embrace the incredible journey ahead. You have the power to transform your body, mind, and life. It’s time to make your fitness dreams a reality!