Friday, 23 March 2012

Top 8 points that run Shiels Gym

Creating a gym atmosphere can either be a good thing or a bad thing.
If the gym is buzzing with excitement, comradery, and a will to win then the results will speak for themselves.
On the other hand, if you've got guys posing in front of the mirror, distracting you when your performing a big lift or texting on their phone every few minutes, it can take away from the intensity that the gym deserves.
Nobody wants to be at the gym for 3 hours, when you can get the same results in under an hour.
Here is my top 8list of what I believe creates a great atmosphere within a gym

1. Get a training partner

Everyone needs one, regardless if there on the same program or not. Watching someone else push themselves will instantly make you perform better

2. Reach a common ground in music

If it was up to me, it'd be straight up gangsta rap all the time, but running a gym with different personalitys, the right song can make that person finish those last few reps or want to hit some hard sprints at the end. So whether its metal, rock, or rap find something for everyone.
I personally recommend 'Girl talk'
If you dont know, now you know

My pick

3. Plan your training sessions

At my gym, everyones program is designed for them, meaning when they walk in they know exactly what their doing for the full week. It can be extra motivation knowing that you only have 2 more sets of chins, and some sprints and your done.
Don't be that guy that doesn't know what he's doing next, wondering what machine looks nicer to sit on

4. Leave the phone at the door

Let's be honest, we all know 'that guy' who, after every set, is over at his phone texting or replying to such nonsense. It breaks the momentum, and you should be focused on your next set. Your only there for an hour, so give it up for 60 minutes

5.  Come in focused on what you have to acheive that day

The good thing about knowing your program, or having it up on the wall, is you know what has to be achieved that day, whether it be a new PR (personal record), or just getting through the session without getting your ass completely kicked.
If your surrounded by like minded people it will be easy to be focused

This man certainly had a game plan

6.  Enthusiastic coach

If nothing else, there has to be energy and encouragement brought to your training, If you have no one telling you that you can go heavier, run faster, or do more reps, then you might not believe it yourself. The coach most know what your goals are, then activity help you achieve them.

7.  Results

Goal setting is a must in any gym program, you need to know exactly what you want to achieve and then you have to know how to get there. Once you start to reach your mini goals it drives you to get more and in turn this also drives your team mates (training partners) to work harder as well when they see what can be done

8.  The guys in the gym

No doubt, one, if not the most important point is having the right guys with the right attitude in the gym. This breeds intensity, and comradery and friendships are made. You always want to see your friend succeed along with you and you will help them even more than if you didn't know the guy at all.

One of the great things about running a gym is, you can have whoever you want in it. I set attributes that the person has to have before they will be accepted onto a programme. This keeps motivation high and everyone reading from the same sheet.

We have some of the best guys in at the minute, and the results speak for themselves

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