Trying anything new can be a daunting prospect for most people. This is especially true when it comes to the prospect of joining a fitness centre.
Many people have never stepped foot in a gym. Often because are intimidated at the thought of not knowing what to do or being embarrassed about not being fit enough and being surrounded people who are in much better shape than they are.
Though these are perfectly natural assumptions, these preconceptions couldn't be further from the truth. In this article, we bust the most common myths to help overcome those fears and give you the confidence to become a member.
1. It's too expensive
With high inflation, increasing interest rates and with everything going up in price, a gym membership seems like a luxury you can’t afford.
But consider this, the cost of a 360 Pro membership is the same as a daily cup of coffee or a subscription to a streaming service.
Plus the more times you visit the centre, the better value it is.
Look at a gym membership not so much as a cost, but an investment. An investment in the most important thing in your life - your health and fitness. You can never put a price on having a healthier and happier life.
2. I don't know where to start
It is great when you have a lot of choices. However when you first join, it can be overwhelming as to where to begin.
Should I do a group fitness class, go swimming, try some weights or jump on a treadmill?
We understand everyone is different and we all have different goals. This is why we provide all new members with two complimentary onboarding sessions.
The first session gives you a overview of the centre, the studios, pools and equipment so you are familiar with all the services and comfortable in the environment.
The second session is when we discuss your goals and the best way to achieve them.
That way you start on the right foot and are more likely to keep training for the long term.
3. I need to have a certain level of fitness
This couldn’t be any further from the truth – with such a wide range of class, services and programs, there is something for every body and goal.
For example, classes are a wonderful way to train, stay motivated while making you more accountable.
If you want a real cardio kick, then try a BODYATTACK, BODYCOMBAT or Cycle class. If you want to greater muscle strength and build more definition BODYPUMP is perfect for you.
Want a more mind and body workout? Then Reformer, Pilates or Yoga is for you. Over 55, then try one of our many of Gold classes. Love the water, then we have an Aqua class in one of our many sparkling pools.
The best part is, group fitness classes can be tailored to what feels right for you. Just let the instructor know and they can assure you train safely and within your boundaries.
4. Everyone will be looking and judging me
It is natural to be self-conscious when you are new but there is no need to be. The vast majority people are focused on their own workout to notice what other people are doing. Or they have the ear buds in and are lost in their own world.
You will also find the vast majority of people are just like you and want the same things - to get in better shape,
lose a few kilos or to tone up.
A huge myth we want to bust is the gym is full of super slim women and muscly men.
However it is the opposite that is true - most gym goers look just like the average person in the street.
In fact the gym is where a lot of people meet people and make new friends as they are just like them.
5. You have to go hard every time
A fitness centre isn't just a place to push yourself as hard as you can. It can also be a wonderful place to relax and unwind.
Jump into one of the many pools and enjoy that feeling of weightlessness as you float on the water.
You don't even have to go into the water - simply lie by an outdoor pool at Gunyama Park, soaking up the sun while reading a book.
If you have to work, find inspiration while working in the beautiful surroundings at Victoria Park Pool or Prince Alfred Park Pool.
Try a mind and body class, such as Yoga, Pilates or Barre, to improve your flexibility, balance and body awareness at Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre or Cook + Phillip Park Pool.
You can catch up with your gym buddies for a coffee at the cafe at Gunyama Park Cafe or Oh Boy cafe at Andrew (Boy) Charlton.
There are many ways to use the centre without breaking out in a sweat.