Cadbury House column: How to be gym confident
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Anyone thinking about joining a health club might find it all a little daunting to begin with.
Jason Eaton, general manager at the club and spa at Cadbury House knows all too well that some might feel a little put off, especially for those who have never been to a gym or health club before.
But according to the health club boss, no one should be put off by attending a spin class, yoga session, swim or just having a work-out in the gym.
According to Jason there are a number of things guests and members should bear in mind to make their visit even more enjoyable.
Jason said: “Firstly just ignore everyone else. You’re there to do some exercise and enjoy yourself.
"You’ll feel much better afterwards and as we’re an independently-owed health club, we like to think that it’s the members and guests who are the real owners.
“Anyone joining for the first time should make the most of their induction. Our friendly, down to earth team are all fully qualified and are there to help.
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"They will put in place a programme that suits you and what you want to achieve so I would advocate making the most of this session.
“On the same token, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. The team is there to help and will show you all there is to know about the equipment and give you expert help on techniques.
“If you’re a bit conscientious about going in alone, then taking part in a group class is a great way to build up your confidence. There’s a full programme of classes for all abilities which means there’s something for everyone.
“Avoiding peak hours is also a great way to get used to the facilities while it’s a little quieter and another way to build up confidence.
“And wear comfortable clothes. Ideally sports wear but asking our team on what the best apparel is will help ease and concerns.
“Finally, it’s your health club so don’t let anyone else put you off enjoying a work out. The benefits of exercise are great for mental health as well as self esteem and we’re a friendly bunch so there’s no excuse.”
For more information, log on to www.theclubandspabristol.co.uk