Check the gym's class schedule and sign up for a beginner-level class. Many gyms have a wide selection of group classes that include yoga, aerobics, step aerobics and dance-style workouts such as Zumba. Joining a class for beginners can help if you feel unsure of how to proceed with your workout. Remember, you're likely not the only gym newbie in the class. As you exercise in a class, you might feel more confident and even find a future workout partner.
Check the area of the gym that features a number of cardio machines. These machines often include a treadmill, elliptical trainer, rowing machine and stationary bicycle. A basic exercise for beginners is walking on the treadmill. Consult the machine's instructions and begin to walk at a slow pace. Walking on the machine's belt feels different than walking on solid ground, so keep your pace slow until you're comfortable with the feeling. Check how the machine tracks your workout distance and speed, experiment with an increase in the machine's incline when you're ready and familiarize yourself with how to stop the machine in case of emergency. Treadmills and other cardio machines are ideal for helping you burn calories to lose weight. Try to avoid leaning heavily on the handrails.
Check the gym's weight-training area to learn how to use a weight-training machine. For beginners, machines are a suitable way to exercise without the risk of using dangerous, incorrect form with free weights. Always consult the machine's instructions before use.
Avoid overtraining. A general workout is 150 minutes of medium-paced cardio exercise and two strength-training sessions per week.
Body-weight exercises and calisthenics are ideal ways to exercise, especially if you're intimidated by exercise equipment. Perform exercises such as pushups, situps, jumping jacks, squats and lunges. These equipment-free exercises are convenient for home workouts, but can help you get comfortable in a gym setting. If you're not sure how a machine works ask the personal at the gym.
Get the OK from your doctor first.
Ask for a coach to show you what to work with.
You should have to create your workout plan before going to the gym. You should be result oriented for you to achieve it. Take a before picture to be your guide. Try to have a gym buddy to have company on your workout and be motivated.