11 Things That Happen the First Time You Go to a Gym (PHOTOS)
It's all fun and games until you actually walk through the double doors.
The thought of heading to the gym for the first time can be glamorous. In your mind, it's all about cute workout clothes, perfectly happy fitness instructors dawning their friendliest faces, that ever-so-toned personal trainer who catches your eye near the water fountain, and, most of all, committing to a healthier lifestyle.
Unfortunately, getting into the swing of things at the gym isn't always a dreamy experience. While it's a nice thought that a Ryan Gosling look-alike will stroll up next to you promptly after you finish your workout and you'll look fresh as a daisy, the reality is that you're more likely to end up bright red, dripping with sweat, and willing to give your right leg for someone to teach you how to use the seated hip abductor machine.
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We're here to give it to you straight. Check out these 11 things that really happen the first time you go to a gym:
Choosing the perfect outfit turns out to be really hard. Do your sneakers need to match your outfit? How do celebrities always have matching tops and bottoms? Alas, you stick to your go-to T-shirt and black sweatpants.
The woman on the treadmill next to you strides like a gazelle while watching Real Housewives reruns. You awkwardly try to figure out why you can't seem to take your machine off of a 12 percent incline.
You always hear these "we met at the gym" stories from couples, but you don't see any attractive men while you get your sweat on. Instead, your gym is packed with guys your father's age.
As much as you look around, you can't find a magical instruction manual that tells you the right way to use the exercise equipment. You send up a prayer that you won't end up looking like this:
There isn't a single open spot in front of the free weights. You debate fighting one of the guys stationed in front of the mirror for some strength-training space … Eh, you didn't really want to lift weights anyway, right?
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You experience the painful realization that abs don't form within seconds (except when you're that guy below). You're going to have to make lots more trips back here, it seems.
A personal trainer walks over and offers to give you some help on the regular! …for a price. You knew it was too good to be true.
You notice that everything else costs an arm and a leg, too. Sure, a post-workout smoothie sounds like the perfect treat. But when it costs more than dinner with the girls? That BYO-water is lookin' pretty great.
You appear anything but flawless post-workout. And thus, the truth comes out: Your friend who "spends hours at the gym" before continuing throughout her day to do zillions of errands? Yeah, she's definitely not sweating up a storm like you are. That, or she has the antiperspirant of champions.
You head to the locker room to shower, and -- whoops! -- that was definitely a hot yoga studio, and there was definitely a class going on. You strongly suspect your gym might be a maze designed to keep you there for hours.
When you finally exit, you're triumphant! Working up a sweat made you feel like a million bucks. Maybe this exercising thing ain't so bad, after all.