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Over Half of Brits Are Baffled In The Gym

More than half of British fitness fanatics are confused about what exactly they’re supposed to be doing in the gym.

A study of 2,000 adults, conducted by Nuffield Health shows a fifth of us have no idea how to use gym equipment.  It seems chest-press machines, stair-climbers and the traditional treadmill leaves many feeling intimidated, leading to a whopping 23 per cent saying they’re too embarrassed to use the equipment.

A quarter of those surveyed are too shy to ask for help, which leads to 18 per cent ‘making it up’ when they hit the gym floor.

One fifth admit to simply copying what the person next to them was doing, either because they looked like they knew their stuff or because they liked the way that person looked.

In a previous study, we talked about the rising fear of using the gym, with the main reason people avoid going to the gym being feeling intimidated by other fitter, more competitive people.

  • 23% said they avoided the gym due to fear of what other people would think of them whilst they worked out.
  • 17% said they didn’t feel fit enough to embark on a new gym regime in the first place.
  • 17% also said that other people showing off discouraged them from going.
  • and 15% said they didn’t feel confident about using the array of exercise machines.

The problem is an educational one. Gym goers are being given the knowledge or instruction they need to use equipment confidently, and effectively.

There is no one right way to workout, and no one way people should look. This is where qualified personal trainers come in. A successful personal trainer acts as a coach, an educator and a source of credible advice. Those who don’t feel as confident as their co-gymmers can benefit massively from a little equipment education and an overview of the gym floor.

Brits also have little understanding of their own bodies…

  • Two thirds of those surveyed do not know what their body mass index is, and a further 75 per cent are clueless about their resting heart rate.
  • 88 per cent don’t know about body fat measurements.
  • 70 per cent have no idea of their blood pressure.
  • One fifth don’t know their own weight.
  • and one in 10 don’t even know how tall they are.

It appears we’re hitting the gym with no understanding of our own capabilities, no set goals and no particular deadlines to achieve them by. It’s no wonder most New Year’s resolutions rarely make it to the end of the month.

It’s a great time for Personal Trainers ready to guide the nation’s gymaphobes with a little confidence and a clear strategy for success. Once your clients gain an understanding of what they want to achieve, they’ll have the confidence to get there and find a new passion for fitness along the way.

If you’re already a qualified Personal Trainer and keen to develop your own knowledge, speak to the team about our Specialist Personal Trainer courses and give your career a boost for the New Year.


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