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Working out for beginners: Part One – finding the right space

The hard part is done! You have decided that you *want* to work out! That right there is an accomplishment, so congratulations!

However, you probably have some reservations about your next steps.

Walking into a gym when you are new, and have no idea what you are doing, and are feeling self-conscious, is kind of a nightmare.

The first step is to find a place where YOU feel comfortable.

The second thing to keep in mind is that the best way to create a habit is with small manageable steps. If you want working out to be part of your life then it should be something you ENJOY, not dread.

Thirdly, you want to ease into your movement, with close attention to form. Form is everything! You wouldn’t build a house on a loose crumbly foundation, so why would you put weight on a faulty or inefficient movement pattern?

Fourth, pace yourself! A very common mistake people make when first beginning to work out is jumping into high intensity boot camps. It’s like they want to punish themselves for being “out of shape” and think that by literally beating themselves up it will make things better. Sadly, that often ends in injury and then they think “oh well, working out isn’t possible for me”.

Those are just a few of the common issues that folks are dealing with when starting to work out. Let’s delve into the solutions.

Two fitness students give a high five after a small group fitness class in Albuquerque

First, think about what kind of space you’d like to be in. Where do you feel comfortable? If you are an extrovert then your choice is easy, head on over to that crowded noisy big box gym! You will thrive on the hustle and bustle.

If you are introvert then a great place to work out for beginners is Square One Fitness right here in Albuquerque, NM. We have a super clean space filled with natural light. Class size is limited to 3-4 students which means you get tons of individual attention.

Two fitness students beginning a warm up in a small group fitness class in Albuquerque

Our trainers will know that you are new, and will do everything possible to make you feel welcome! Other students understand where you are right now, as they were once there too.

Each movement is designed to be done at your level, so you don’t need to feel like you have to “keep up” with everyone else. This is an empowering, non-judgmental environment, perfect for a beginner, or someone returning to fitness.

Come take a trial class and see for yourself! No pressure to “join”, you can attend class by class if you prefer. We want to make sure this is a good fit for YOU!

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