If it has been awhile since you visited the gym, you’re not alone. Let’s say that two years ago you were going on a regular basis and had reached a certain point where you were looking good and feeling good, and then life interfered and you had to drop the gym because you were required to stay late at work, or a new baby arrived, or other factors got involved — Things happen.
However, now you are back and ready to get to it, but then you face the fact that you have lost a lot of tone and a lot of strength. You look around the gym and see where you used to be, and you either want to back out slowly or you decide to ‘fake it until you make it.’ You did it before, so you assume you can do it again; you probably just haven’t realized that you might have forgotten how to do it correctly.
When you try to over train incorrectly, you are going to hurt yourself. If you have been gone long enough, you have probably forgotten the right form to even attempt what you’re trying to do, and everyone else is going to notice it, too. Most people have the notion that everyone in the gym is staring at them, which isn’t the case, unless you’re obviously doing something wrong while pretending you’re doing it right, trying to impress everyone. Yeah, then people are going to start staring at you.
The first and hardest thing to do at the gym is leave your ego at the door. Accept the fact that it has been a while, and do not hesitate to ask for advice. Doing the exercises correctly the first time is going to lead to a better core, leaner muscles, and less risk of injury, while doing things incorrectly can sometimes lead to serious damage to your muscles and form. It’s important that you concentrate on learning to exercise correctly.
One of the first mistakes is to try to lift more weight than you actually can. Back off and start more slowly; use a lighter weight and do it correctly. After you have gained some strength back, you can graduate to the heavier weights.
Remember not to ignore your weaker areas; in fact, concentrate on the weaker areas so they can support the stronger ones. Again, do it correctly and you will be doing reps with the heavier weights in no time.
If you are smart enough to want to train, then be smart enough to train correctly. You will look better, feel better, and get back that overall sense of strength and health.