These Troopers get to work out in the Death Star's gym. You might have to buy a membership.

Welcome to the Final Newbie’s Information to the Gymnasium! 

As a part of our Energy 101 sequence, this information will dive deep into every part it’s essential to learn about figuring out correctly in a health club.

By the point you end studying, you’ll by no means must marvel “what ought to I do within the health club?”

I wager I additionally make you chortle a few times with unhealthy jokes and ideal gifs.

This Muppet knows strength training will help him gain muscle and lose fat.

We’ve helped hundreds of On-line Teaching Shoppers construct confidence and begin power coaching within the health club, so I labored with our coaches to create at present’s Final Newbie Gymnasium Information!

Okay, time to start out figuring out. Let’s hit the health club and discover the next:

Scared to Work Out in a Gymnasium? Learn This First.

Having a plan, like this LEGO does, will help with your first day at the gym.

No matter your physique, if you’re 400 kilos or 100 kilos, going to a daily industrial health club for the primary time will be intimidating as hell.

And that’s provided that you will get your self to make use of 20 Seconds of Braveness to stroll within the door!

I clarify precisely what I imply by it on this video:

I do know many individuals who say “gyms are usually not for me,” or “gyms are dumb” and by no means even go into one, just because gyms will be scary/not welcoming/not cool.

By the best way, in case you don’t have a health club membership, right here’s the way to discover the correct health club, and 6 issues to know earlier than becoming a member of a health club.

Now, in case you CAN work up the braveness to stroll by means of the door, you’ll be confronted with the next:

#1) Folks with pained seems to be on their faces dutifully utilizing machines that considerably resemble medieval torture units.

#2) Others on cardio machines, treadmills, and ellipticals, and you may already image your self wiping out and ending up in a YouTube fail montage.

Make sure you know what you're doing at the gym so you don't accidentally go viral like this poor guy.

#3) Actually robust jacked individuals choosing up heavy free weights so effortlessly that you possibly can’t assist however immediately examine your self to them…and get intimidated.

If you happen to wrestle with self-confidence, otherwise you don’t love the way you look, you would possibly assume that everyone round you may be judging you the entire time and don’t need to topic your self to this torture.

In truth, you would possibly assume that in some way it’s essential to get in form FIRST, and THEN you possibly can go to the health club…


You go to the health club TO get in form. And I’ll get you there.

If you’ll begin utilizing a health club, listed here are some truths it’s essential to know:

  1. All people round you is simply as self-conscious as you might be. Sure, that tremendous jacked dude. Or that skinny (or jacked) match girl on the elliptical. They aren’t targeted on you, as a result of they’re too busy dwelling inside their very own head questioning if everyone is considering them.
  2. All people begins someplace. You don’t look good so as to then go to the health club. You go to the health club to get stronger, extra assured, and then look good.
  3. MOST will applaud you for attempting. Once I see any individual who’s severely obese on the health club, it makes me blissful – they’re attempting to raised themselves! That’s freaking AWESOME. That is the mentality 90%+ of the individuals can have.
  4. MANY can be too self-focused to even discover you. These are the dudes lifting up their shirt within the mirror to verify their abs, doing bicep curls within the squat rack, and/or ensuring they take pictures to publish on Fb to show they did actually go to the health club. #Fitspo #Instagram #OtherNonsensicalHashtags
  5. A RARE few will decide. Although, they’re not simply judging you, I promise. They’re judging EVERYBODY round you, as a result of they’ll’t assist however examine themselves to others and so they’re horrible individuals. That is no completely different than in actual life. Screw these individuals, haters gonna hate, slaters gonna slate.

Be like Slater and do your own thing at the gym. Bring your weird glasses, who cares?

Positive, you possibly can say “individuals are imply, the health club is frightening, I simply gained’t present up.” However then, the terrorists win. And so do these individuals. So f*** that!.

As an alternative, that is going to be your health club mentality:

  • Settle for that some individuals suck (like wherever in life), and most of the people are detached or targeted on being self-conscious themselves. All people else will applaud you for attempting and being there.
  • Make an epic Spotify playlist that makes you’re feeling heroic.
  • Put on garments that you just really feel snug in.
  • Hold your headphones on, zone out everyone, and go about what you are promoting. Think about you’re the one one there.
  • Use 20 seconds of braveness when essential to get you to take motion.

These are suggestions Coach Matt brings up in his video Learn how to Overcome Gymnasium Anxiousness:

We work with all of our On-line Teaching purchasers who’re frightened about trying silly within the health club. We all know this can be a large problem, so we create small ranges and missions for our purchasers to get them snug within the health club.

We’ve helped individuals similar to you go from sheepish newbie to barbell-wielding badass. Allow us to enable you to!

NOTE: in case you’re questioning whether or not you ought to go to the health club in the course of the pandemic, you possibly can comply with together with our Newbie Body weight Coaching program at HOME till you’re feeling protected going.

Enroll within the field beneath and I’ll ship you this exercise free (together with another goodies):

How Typically Ought to I’m going to the Gymnasium?

This soldier should hit the gym enough to make progress while also allowing plenty of time to rest.

Many individuals assume they should hit the health club 6 days per week, dutifully alternating weight coaching with cardio and bootcamps to get that jacked/toned physique they’re after. 

That sounds exhausting and depressing to me…

Make sure you add in rest days for your gym schedule or you'll end up like this dude.

…and I LOVE the health club!

So right here’s what it’s essential to learn about health club frequency:

Go as a lot as you possibly can, or as little as you need. 

The entire exercises on this information are “full-body exercises” which suggests they work out the entire muscle tissue in your physique. 

And as we lay out in “Energy 101: Newbie Energy Exercises,” your muscle tissue get damaged down within the health club after which they rebuild themselves stronger over the following 48 hours.

For that motive, we advocate you hit the health club 2-3 instances per week, with a day without work or extra in between every session. 

This recommendation comes with a couple of caveats: 

  • If you happen to’re a single mother or working two jobs or simply busy dwelling your life and you may solely go to the health club as soon as, nice! As soon as every week is best than zero instances every week!
  • When you have particular athletic or cardiovascular objectives you’re coaching for, then hitting the health club extra regularly would possibly get you quicker outcomes.
  • In case you are attempting to drop pounds, going to the health club extra regularly in all probability WON’T get you quicker outcomes. It’s all food regimen.

“Steve, simply inform me how usually I ought to go to the health club!”

High quality! Attempt to work as much as going to the health club 3 instances per week.

I like Monday-Wednesday-Friday exercise plans.

Begin and finish the week with good wins! 

Oh, what’s that? You need to train in your off days too? Cool. Right here’s what you need to be doing in your non-training days.

We craft our exercise routines for our teaching purchasers round their schedules – some individuals hit the health club 5 days per week, whereas others solely go as soon as every week. We’re all distinctive snowflakes!

Okay! Now that we acquired THAT out of the best way, are we prepared!?

Nice! Let’s degree up within the health club!

Stage One Gymnasium Exercise: First Day On the Gymnasium

Vader remembers his first day at the gym...he choked out his personal trainer with the force.

The hardest half about going to a health club for the primary time is simply strolling by means of the door.

If you happen to try this, you’ve already gone farther than 74% of the inhabitants (a completely made-up statistic that I’m utilizing to show my level), so give your self a pat on the again.*

*Don’t have sufficient mobility to pat your self on the again? We’ll enable you to with that too.

So in your first day within the health club, simply GOING to the health club is a giant step in the correct route. And I’m happy with you.

Both of us are super proud that you're going to the gym. It's a big first step!

Be aware: You would possibly must additionally become health club garments in case you’re coming from work. I do know strolling out onto the ground in health club garments is likely to be intimidating too (one other likelihood to make use of 20 Seconds of Braveness).

However now you’re questioning, “Steve you half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder, what do I DO on my first day on the health club?”

If you happen to haven’t already executed so, ask any individual on the entrance desk the next:

  • “Hey I’m new right here, might I get a tour of the health club?”
  • “Excuse me, at present’s my first day, are you able to level me within the route of a spot I can stretch?”
  • “Are you able to assist me work the treadmill?”
  • Go full YOLO and attempt to determine these items out by yourself.

If you happen to’re in a position to get a private tour, nice! Ask the treadmill query while you get to them. If they’ll’t stroll you thru, simply do a lap your self and see the place issues are and who’s doing what.

Professional tip (additionally works exterior of the health club): faux you’re assured – even in case you’re dying inside – stroll with objective, and no one will query why you’re doing what you’re doing.

So, while you’re prepared, stroll over in direction of the stretching space, and do a couple of fundamental mobility/warm-up stretches whereas persevering with to get the lay of the land and see what individuals are doing (don’t stare excessively, cool? cool).

Unsure what to do for warm-up actions? That’s okay!

Day 1 Newbie Heat-up Routine:

  • Roll your head in half-circles slowly, from shoulder to shoulder. 5 circles in every route
  • Slowly roll your shoulders forwards and backwards. 10 every manner.
  • Hold your legs stationary, and twist your torso, left and proper. 10 twists on all sides.
  • Quad stretch: Maintain every stretch for five seconds. Do 3 on all sides:

Focus on stretching like above your first day at the gym.

  • Cross one arm in entrance of your chest, then the opposite, as demonstrated right here by lead coach Jim: Maintain every stretch for five seconds. Do 3 on all sides:

Coach Jim showing you a great stretch for your first day at the gym.

These actions have the superior side-effect of you with the ability to look across the health club and get the “stream” of issues, whereas nonetheless trying busy. Jim STILL makes use of this “trick” when trying out new gyms.

dynamic warm-up is the appetizer to ANY most important course of power coaching.

Actually, simply get your physique transferring. We don’t must make you a health club warrior on Day 1. Some stretches and sightseeing can be ok.


Take a lap across the health club and do your stretches.

If you happen to walked out proper now after doing these items, it’s nonetheless a win for Day 1 in a health club. Critically – I don’t care what you do on Day 1 – so long as it leaves you feeling ok to return again for a Day 2!


  • Strolling by means of the door makes you a winner.
  • Ask for a tour if it’s essential to know the place issues are!
  • Grow to be exercise garments.
  • Stand in a single spot, do a couple of stretches, get the lay of the land.

If you happen to’re up for MORE or able to degree up think about going to the following degree, turn into a cardio cadet!

Stage 2 Gymnasium Exercise: Be part of the Cardio Cadets

Man running in a gym on a treadmill

Get on the treadmill and begin it up, based mostly on the employees’s directions.

If you happen to weren’t in a position to get directions, many treadmills have a “fast begin” button that may begin issues up.

Why begin with simply strolling?

It will get you transferring and out of your head! I do know you’re sensible – you’re studying NERD Health. However you additionally in all probability take care of paralysis by evaluation so much by overanalyzing every part, so we have to get OUT of our heads and get transferring!!

Not solely that, however strolling is an AMAZING type of train. Strolling is how Tim, the NF Prime member, misplaced 50 lbs by means of strolling and dietary adjustments. Don’t underestimate strolling!

How did Tim get in shape? By walking, like you do on a treadmill at the gym.

So, to your first 10-Quarter-hour, simply stroll. Set the treadmill at 3mph or 3.5 or no matter velocity is snug however not too strenuous.

A velocity that will get you transferring and provides you an opportunity to determine what you’ll do subsequent whilst you look across the health club. (Aka, it provides you an opportunity to get out of your head and cease pondering everyone seems to be taking a look at you. They’re not)


Do your Stage 1 stretches, then spend Quarter-hour strolling, after which you might be free to go residence.

Repeat this as many days in a row that it’s essential to till this begins to really feel snug and also you cease feeling self-conscious.

Scientists, Benedictine monks, and German students consult with such a factor as a “routine.”

As you get extra snug, you possibly can improve your strolling velocity or size of strolling (20 minutes, 60 minutes, no matter)

If I’m gonna stroll, I wish to crush podcasts whereas doing so (My favorites: Be careful for Fireballs, Pardon My Take, and Invoice Burr). Possibly you hear to Harry Potter on Audible.

Listening to audio books like Harry Potter is a great way to spend time on a treadmill

No matter floats your boat.


  • What you do within the health club doesn’t matter – construct the behavior of going usually.
  • Develop confidence on the treadmill with simply strolling.
  • Begin to understand you’ve got simply as a lot of a proper to be there as anyone else.
  • Give your self a excessive 5 for being you.

This routine of strolling and stretching would possibly solely be someday within the health club for you, or it is likely to be two months of this earlier than you lastly really feel such as you don’t need to bounce out of your individual pores and skin whereas within the health club.

Going to the health club is the behavior I would like you to construct, so this can be a nice begin. Keep in mind, you need to be pondering by way of “days and years,” not “weeks and months”:

Now we have many teaching purchasers who spend MONTHS simply strolling and dealing up the braveness to maneuver past the treadmill. That’s cool. We’re all on our personal journey, at our personal tempo, so go on the tempo that matches YOUR schedule.

Stage 3 Exercise: Be part of the Body weight Brigade!

Bodyweight training is a great place to start training at the gym.

After getting snug with the stretching/treadmill routine, it’s possible you’ll need to hop on a weight lifting machine at this level just like the leg press or chest press machine.

Is that this progress? Positive!

Are you able to do that? Completely!

However, however, however… we’re going to advocate you strive some body weight workouts as a substitute as the next step.

Controlling your physique by means of area (not outer area) goes to be extra useful in the long term than strapping right into a machine and transferring by means of a set path.

If you are able to do body weight workouts proficiently, then stepping right into a machine is “straightforward.”

The reverse just isn’t all the time the case.

So, if we’ve satisfied you to strive some body weight workouts, then subsequent factor is to establish a spot within the health club you are able to do body weight workouts the place you’re not in the best way. This oftentimes would possibly double because the place that some individuals are doing stretches, the place you’ve already been earlier than!

If you happen to don’t know, ask the entrance desk or discover a coach! That’s what they’re there for!


After your 5 minutes of warm-up (Stage 1) and 10 minutes on the treadmill (Stage 2), the next step is to go to a spot you are able to do the Stage 3 Gymnasium Exercise:

  • 10 body weight squats
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 body weight squats
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 body weight squats
  • 10 push-ups

Can’t get by means of all of it? No worries, do what you possibly can.

This type of alternating one train with one other is known as a circuit exercise, by the best way!

Now you know how to do a circuit workout at the gym!

If you happen to don’t know the way to do these actions nicely, watch coaches Jim, Staci, and myself present you the way!



These are two key actions in our Newbie Body weight Exercise Routine, and the inspiration of any power coaching routine!

If you happen to simply did the above mini-workout for a month, you’d be off to an amazing begin! If you happen to’re feeling frisky and beginning to discover some confidence within the health club, it’s time to department out extra!


  • Heat-up on the treadmill with a 10-minute stroll
  • Discover a place the place you are able to do body weight actions out of the best way
  • Full 3 circuits of 10 push-ups and 10 body weight squats every at a tempo that works for you

Keep at this stage so long as you want, till you possibly can transfer on!

Be aware: If you happen to benefit from the body weight brigade, otherwise you’re not fairly prepared to start out doing weight coaching but, that’s cool too.

Now we have tons of 1-on-1 teaching purchasers who’ve gotten in GREAT form with out ever choosing up a weight. All of it comes all the way down to consistently growing the problem and making progress every week. 

Stage 4 Gymnasium Exercise: Be part of the Dumbbell Division

dumbbells in gym

It’s time to wander into the place that strikes worry within the coronary heart of most health club goers:

The free weight part.


DO NOT FORGET THIS: In case you are a 400 pound girl, or 85 years-old, or a 100-pound man, you’ve got simply as a lot of a proper to be within the free weight part as anyone else.

It would take yet one more 20 Seconds of Braveness to wander in there, so I’m difficult you to strive it.


After you do 10 minutes of strolling on the treadmill, go to the dumbbell part, seize a single 10 lb (4.5kg) dumbbell, and discover a flat bench like this:

Most gyms will have plenty of benches like this for you to try out.

Stand subsequent to that bench, and ensure no one is utilizing it. If any individual is at a bench close by, ask them “is anyone utilizing this bench?” If they are saying no, put your towel on the bench, your 10 lb dumbbell on it, and stand subsequent to it.

We’re going so as to add a 1-arm dumbbell row to our circuit above:

That’s it! Only one dumbbell train! Increase! You at the moment are weight coaching like a boss.

Right here’s your new Stage 4 Gymnasium Exercise Circuit: Dumbbell Division A

  • 10 body weight squats
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 one arm dumbbell rows (10 per arm)

Do that circuit as soon as, after which repeat two extra instances in case you’re feeling good.

To recap, or in case you skipped Steps 1-3 (I’m solely barely offended), right here’s the way to correctly do:



Congrats! You’ve used dumbbells!

Keep in mind, everyone began someplace, and we’re simply engaged on getting you snug being within the free weight part.

Wish to proceed including dumbbells actions into your exercise? Let’s add them to the squats.

Use the identical dumbbell to do “goblet squats.”

The goblet squat is a great way to build muscle for women.

They’re named as such as a result of it seems to be such as you’re holding a goblet that you just don’t need to spill.

Right here’s a video of Staci and Jim demonstrating the Goblet Squat pulled from Nerd Health Prime:

So your Stage 4 Gymnasium Exercise: Dumbbell Division B is 3 circuits of the next:

  • 10 goblet squats
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 dumbbell rows/facet

If you happen to go to the health club 3x every week, work your manner as much as the next routine:

  • Mild stretching and stroll on the treadmill for 10 minutes
  • 3 full circuits of this newbie circuit
  • Go residence and eat good meals and play video video games

This may put you forward of 95% of the health club going inhabitants. You’ll be on an amazing path to constructing a wholesome, antifragile, resilient physique.

Add somewhat extra weight right here and there- making the minimal doable jumps every time (going from 10 lb to 12.5 lb dumbbells, for instance).

Make your push-up variation somewhat tougher over time.

Decline push-ups like this are a great way to progress your bodyweight exercises.

You may persist with the above for MONTHS.

Prepared for an additional improve?

The final dumbbell train to be taught is the dumbbell Romanian deadlift (RDL). This is sort of a cousin of the body weight squat the place we transfer by means of the hips greater than the knees.

Seize a pair of dumbbells now, push your hips again and bow ahead such as you’re being well mannered. Or, you’re like a type of novelty “consuming birds.”

When at the gym doing a Romanian deadlift, move like this drinking bird.

Deliver the dumbbells all the way down to about your knees, to not the bottom, then stand again up.

You may see the train proper right here:

Each different exercise, swap out the goblet squat for the dumbbell Romanian deadlift.

So our circuit is now alternating with every health club exercise.

Do 3 circuits of every in case you can! If the burden is just too mild, use heavier dumbbells the following time you practice.

Stage 4 Gymnasium Exercise: Dumbbell Division C:

  • 10 goblet squats OR 10 dumbbell Romanian deadlifts
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 dumbbell rows per arm.


  • Keep in mind you’ve got simply as a lot a proper as everyone else to make use of the free weights.
  • Take a deep breath, go into free weights part, and get a ten lb. dumbbell.
  • Study to do a bent over row and goblet squats.
  • Study to do dumbbell Romanian deadlifts.
  • Excessive 5 your self for weight coaching.

Coaching with dumbbells opens up infinite potentialities.

Okay, in all probability not INFINITE potentialities, however shut sufficient.

In case you are any individual that desires to discover ways to practice with dumbbells much more significantly, otherwise you’re searching for methods to place that dumbbell set you’ve got in your storage to correct use, allow us to assist!

When you have an amazing program to comply with, you will get in unimaginable form with only a set of dumbbells.

Stage 5: Enlist within the Barbell Battalion

Barbells in a gym bar bells and rope

The 2 last items of the puzzle are issues I would like for you so badly, I can style it. These two workouts have modified my life, our lead coach Jim’s life, Staci’s life, and the lives of a whole bunch of hundreds of individuals within the Nerd Health Riot:

Choosing up a barbell, and studying the way to squat and studying the way to deadlift.

There’s one thing highly effective about old-school power coaching with workouts just like the again squat and the deadlift.

Present me any individual that’s robust at each of those actions, and I’ll present you any individual that’s in higher form than a lot of the human inhabitants.

However wait!

Even an empty barbell will be heavy, so earlier than we bounce into the deep finish, you want to have the ability to full our circuit with the next weights:

Stage 4 Gymnasium Exercise: Dumbbell Division C:

  • 10 goblet squats – 45 lbs (20Kg dumbbell), 10 RDLs with 20 lbs (9-10 Kg dumbbells)
  • 10 push ups (on knees or common)
  • 10 dumbbell rows with every arm  – at the very least a 20 lb dumbbell

Can’t do these actions at that weight, or undecided what they’re? Return to the Stage 4 Gymnasium Exercise.


WHEN YOU ARE READY, please learn the next:

Energy Coaching 101: The Squat

And here’s a fast video demonstration of the Squat, however I’d REALLY learn our full article!

After which I would like you to discover a squat rack:

THIS IS ONE TYPE OF SQUAT RACK (the barbell is NOT linked to the equipment). USE THESE:

Use a squat rack like this.


Don't use the Smith Machine, unless it's for inverted rows at the gym.

Be aware: if you’re coaching in a resort health club, an residence health club, or at some places like Planet Health, they may NOT have a squat rack!

This may be for a wide range of points (legal responsibility, lack of area, most individuals simply need to use a Smith Machine, and so on.). They may even inform you, “A Smith Machine is identical factor.” It’s not, actually, the identical factor. You hopefully can discover a health club that has an ACTUAL squat rack with a free barbell.

In case your health club doesn’t have a squat rack, and also you need to begin barbell coaching, I’d think about discovering a brand new health club or simply hanging out within the Stage 4: Dumbbell Division!

If utilizing a squat rack scares the crap out of you: wait to aim your FIRST journey to the squat rack when the health club is sort of empty, or recruit a buddy who is aware of what they’re doing. If there’s a special occasion you possibly can go VERY early to the health club, or VERY late, or in the course of the workday, do it then.

Watch this video from The Nerd Health Prime about the way to set the ‘pins’ within the squat rack to place the bar on the correct top!


Try 1 set of a 5 barbell squats with JUST the bar (first ask the employees or a coach how a lot the bar weighs: most traditional barbells weigh 45 lbs (20Kg) however your health club may not have normal barbells).

You may then full our tried and true circuit – changing goblet squats with barbell squats.

So our circuit is now 3 circuits.

Stage 5 Gymnasium Exercise: Barbell Battalion A:

  • 10 barbell squats or 10 dumbbell Romanian deadlifts
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 dumbbell rows/facet

(See Stage 4 for explanations on the Dumbbell deadlifts and rows)

Congrats! You’re utilizing barbells! If you happen to haven’t already learn NF’s Senior Coach Staci’s transformation story of how she went from barely with the ability to raise a ten lb dumbbell to now deadlifting 425 lbs, it’s a very inspiring story! 

Talking of Staci, let’s transfer on to her favourite train (and mine!)…

I can deadlift 425 pounds now, but I started with just a PVC pipe


Learn: Energy Coaching 101: The Deadlift

And watch the video demonstration right here:

The deadlift actions begins with the burden on the bottom, and ends with it again on the bottom.

Rebel Leader Steve showing how to do a 420 lb deadlift at the gym.

If you happen to’ve acquired common, giant weights (often 45 lbs/20 kgs) on all sides then the bar sits the right top off the bottom.

Some amenities have lighter plates at that very same giant diameter. Use them.

In case you are lifting much less weight (or simply utilizing the bar to start out off) then DON’T do the deadlift from the bottom. The bar can be too low to the bottom and mess up correct approach.

As an alternative, do the next to start out your deadlifts at correct top:

1) Use blocks to regulate the barbell beginning top:

You can use all sorts of things to raise a deadlift bar up, like these boxes.

2) Use the protection bars in a squat rack to set the peak of the bar accurately!

This picture shows a deadlift rack, great for...deadlifting!

3) Do the Romanian deadlift as a substitute! (Whew, glad we discovered that!). It’s the very same motion because the dumbbell Romanian deadlifts, you’re simply utilizing a barbell as a substitute.

Coach Staci showing the Romanian deadlift

START WITH A LIGHT WEIGHT – JUST the bar. As we cowl in our “How a lot weight ought to I raise?”, you need to ALWAYS begin with simply the bar.

And work on approach.

Solely then do you have to begin including extra weight, and add it slowly – you’ll be choosing up heavy weights very quickly, so don’t rush it.

Right here’s Staci demonstrating a correct barbell Romanian deadlift from Nerd Health Prime:

When you’ve began doing these two actions in your routine, your two alternating health club days will appear to be this. Merely alternate each time you go to the health club (with a day without work in between classes).

Stage 5 Gymnasium Exercise: Barbell Battalion:

Day A Circuit – 3 rounds of:

Day B Circuit – 3 rounds of:

  • 5 barbell Romanian deadlifts
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 dumbbell rows per arm

Unsure what a body weight row is? It’s an AMAZING train that you just’ll must grasp in case you’re going to get your first pull-up or chin-up someday! 

Learn our article on body weight rows, and likewise watch our fast video demonstration right here of Staci doing them:


  • Barbell coaching will change your life prefer it has modified mine.
  • Study to squat and be taught to deadlift correctly.
  • Deal with correct type, and slowly begin to add weight to the bar.
  • You at the moment are a health club “common” and I salute you!

Now, I do know the barbell squat and barbell deadlift are two advanced, probably scary workouts. It’s necessary to get your type accurately now if you find yourself simply lifting the bar, so that you just don’t damage your self when you begin including weight!

If you need knowledgeable to verify your type, inform you when so as to add weight to the bar, and educate you different barbell actions, try our on-line teaching program!

Stage 6 Gymnasium Exercise: Gymnasium Class Hero

Steve is a gym warrior you trains with barbells and bodyweight training

Did I inform you that I’m happy with you but? I actually am, I promise. Your mother is proud too. So is your dad, however he simply doesn’t know the way to specific it.

So now you’re pondering: “Steve, I did a barbell squat. It was terrifying however I did it. I attempted deadlifts too and people are sort of enjoyable.

What’s subsequent? Give me MOAR!!”

It’s such as you’ve lastly discovered to prepare dinner, and now you’re asking for extra spices.

So, right here in Stage 6, we’re going to show you right into a full Gymnasium Class Hero. And it requires you to be taught a tremendous normal, extremely difficult train that additionally occurs to be superb for you…

The pull-up or chin-up!

Here's a gif of a pull-up in perfect form.

If you happen to can’t do a pull-up or chin-up but, you possibly can learn our full information on the way to get your first pull-up or chin-up.

We even have a full article on doing an ideal pull-up or chin-up with correct type, however I’d watch this video too for some fast methods to scale the motion to suit your expertise degree:


Alternate inverted body weight rows with pull-ups or a neater pull-up variation each different exercise.

So our circuit can be alternating these actions in your A and B Days:

LEVEL 6 DAY A CIRCUIT – 3 rounds of:

  • 10 barbell squats
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 pull-ups or pull-up options!

LEVEL 6 DAY B CIRCUIT – 3 rounds of:

  • 10 barbell Romanian deadlifts/common deadlifts
  • 10 push-ups
  • 10 inverted body weight rows

Spice it up additional! If you happen to’ve learn up up to now, and put the work in, we hope you’re feeling like a Gymnasium Class Hero, and you can begin to construct your individual workout!

Coach Staci explains precisely the way to design an train routine on this video:

SO what are you able to do so as to add some selection? Throw in or exchange one other train!

Wish to do some planks? Put them within the circuit after your different actions!

Lunges to switch the squats or deadlifts someday? Sounds good!

Wish to begin coaching with gymnastic rings? Go for it!

Wish to discover ways to do handstands? Attempt working towards for five minutes firstly of every exercise!

There are a ton of various choices for what to do and the place to go.

If we’ve gotten you extra snug within the health club, we’ve executed our job!

WANT MORE HANDS-ON INSTRUCTION? If you happen to’re seeking to get out of the generic exercise packages and comply with together with a routine that matches your objectives and life-style, think about trying out our 1-on-1 Teaching Program!

Positive, we assist freshmen get began with power coaching. However we additionally assist seasoned gym-goers take their coaching extra significantly, and even assist some of us begin competing in powerlifting competitions. 

I personally employed a web based coach in 2014, and I’ve been with him ever since. It’s the most effective cash I spend each month, and the most effective funding I make in myself.

We’ve labored with women and men like Leslie right here, a single mother that misplaced 100 + kilos due to following Coach Jim’s program.

Leslie used NF Coaching and her local gym to transform herself.

She now works on issues like gymnastic coaching and handstands and deadlifts and squats!

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Gymnasium Etiquette: Ideas and Methods

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I requested your entire 15-person employees in our On-line Teaching Program – most of whom have educated purchasers in a health club for five+ years – what info they might share with new gym-goers:

#1) Take your time. The above 6 degree exercise plan would possibly take you 12+ months to maneuver by means of, and that’s okay! I’d quite you slowly wade into the water as a substitute of terrifying your self with the considered cannonballing into the deep finish and by no means even beginning a health club routine.

Stick to what you already know, after which little by little, one motion at a time, department out and take a look at new issues.

Keep in mind: “days and years,” not “weeks and months.”

#2) Do what makes you cheerful. You may need seen above I didn’t point out issues like bicep curls, bench press, cardio courses, spin class, and so on.

If these issues make you cheerful, begin including them to the combo. Nonetheless, if you’re solely doing these issues since you assume you might be speculated to, don’t!

The above 6-Stage technique mixed with a wholesome dietary technique will get you 95% of the best way to the place you need to go.

I promise. Nerd’s honor.

#3) Write down every part you’re doing and monitor your progress. Hold a easy word in your cellphone, write in a pocket book, use Evernote, no matter. Write down what you achieve this that you already know what to do subsequent time.

Whenever you get stronger and issues really feel too straightforward, you already know to maneuver up in weight slowly (and file that too!).

Maintaining monitor of every part is likely one of the best and most necessary methods to make progress. Staci, Jim, and I ALL nonetheless file each exercise and by no means cease attempting to get a teeny, tiny bit stronger with every session.

#4) It’s higher to raise a TOO LIGHT weight than strive one which’s TOO HEAVY. You need to end the exercise saying “hey I might do extra, that is encouraging” quite than “that was an excessive amount of, I damage myself/failed/and I’m demoralized.”

#5) If you happen to don’t know, ask any individual who works there. If you happen to’re frightened that you just’re utilizing a machine incorrectly, and also you’re sheepish and self-conscious about it, ask any individual who works within the health club.

Often, there can be trainers that work there strolling across the flooring – ask them! That’s what they’re there for.

They will help you set the protection bars and pins on the squat rack in case you’re undecided how. They will inform you the way to modify the seat on a machine, or how the treadmill works. That’s what they’re there for!

#6) If you wish to rent a coach for a couple of classes, it is likely to be an amazing funding! Good trainers are onerous to return by, however in case you occur to love our type of doing issues right here at Nerd Health, we’ve got our personal 1-on-1 Teaching Program that may program your exercises and enable you to repair your food regimen:

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#7) Work out with what you possibly can work with.

In case you are a member at a Planet Health or related health club: Your health club may not can help you do barbell deadlifts, may not have a squat rack, or ONLY have a Smith Machine. If that is true of your health club, that is okay!

Do the most effective you possibly can with what you’ve got. Like MacGyver.

You may nonetheless get fairly robust with the dumbbell exercises and body weight actions in Stage 4! And also you’ll be that rather more ready while you do begin working with barbells in case you finally be part of a unique health club.

#8) Don’t let good be the enemy of the great. Simply going to the health club takes braveness.

  • Making an attempt a machine for the primary time takes braveness.
  • Choosing up a dumbbell takes braveness.
  • Utilizing the squat rack takes numerous braveness.

Don’t fear about good, or having good type or the proper routine after you end this text, simply START! It’s how all of us be taught: like scientists attempting new experiments and subtly tweaking the variables.

Act like a scientist until you get your workout routine at the gym just right. Experiment!

These are our favourite suggestions and tips close to the health club. However I’d be remiss if I didn’t additionally point out one thing equally necessary:

Gymnasium etiquette

We’ve created one other article on this health club sequence referred to as “29 Unwritten Guidelines to the Gymnasium,” to be sure to don’t be an unintentional ass within the health club. 

This checklist consists of some apparent issues like wiping down the bench after you employ it, or not monopolizing a squat rack, however then another extra refined issues that may maintain you in everyone’s good graces!

Learn how to Construct the Routine of Going to the Gymnasium.

This LEGO needs to relax, all his training at the gym will pay off.

If you happen to learn this far, 6000 phrases later, I’ve to think about it means you’re actually enthusiastic about getting began with power coaching! 

The primary time going to a health club will be nerve-wracking and thrilling, nevertheless it’s the a hundredth, five hundredth, one thousandth journey to the health club the place outcomes get made.

And meaning it’s essential to BUILD the behavior accurately for going to the health club. 

It comes down to some key issues:

1) Accountability! If you happen to’re new to going to the health club, it’s very easy to fall off the wagon as soon as life will get busy. For that motive, I encourage you to be accountable to any individual aside from your self. 

You see, motivation sucks, and can fail you while you want it most. 

So, as a substitute of utilizing motivation, domesticate self-discipline and accountability. 

Make it nearly inconceivable so that you can skip the health club:

  • Recruit a pal to hitch you on the health club! You don’t need to allow them to down, proper?
  • Prepay for a bunch of classes with a good private coach.
  • Rent a web based coach who checks in on you usually!

2) Deal with hacking into the Matrix and organising your system! Put your exercise time and place into your Google Calendar so that you just all the time know when your subsequent exercise is. Deal with creating an surroundings the place you might be extra seemingly than not gonna DO THE THING you need to do (go to the health club). We name this “Constructing your Batcave.”

3) Domesticate a love of fixed enchancment. Think about this: you’re not going to the health club simply to drop pounds or look good. These issues are a cheerful consequence of what you’re actually there for:

Since you ACTUALLY wish to work out! 

I can’t inform you what number of NF Teaching Shoppers I’ve seen message me and say “Holy crap Steve, I don’t know the way it occurred, however I truly LIKE figuring out now!”

Each week, you’re excited to hit the health club as a result of: 

  • You’re including extra weight to your squats.
  • You are trying a brand new private finest for the deadlift.
  • You’re attempting to get your first pull-up
  • You get to see your health club pal and listen to how his day went.
  • You LOVE how you’re feeling after the health club. 

Getting there takes time and power, however that’s actually when life adjustments and sh** will get magical close to your well being and health.

These are the instruments we’ve created that will help you flip the health club into one thing you stay up for:

1) Our standard 1-on-1 teaching program. No extra guesswork, no questioning in case you’re doing the correct program, no disgrace or guilt. Simply outcomes that don’t suck, and a plan that doesn’t make you depressing. 

We maintain you accountable to be sure to truly do your exercise, we reply any questions you’ve got, and we cheer you on each step of the best way:

2) If you need a every day immediate for doing exercises on the health club (or at residence), try NF Journey. Our enjoyable habit-building app helps you train extra regularly, eat more healthy, and degree up your life (actually).

Attempt your free trial proper right here:

3) Be part of the Riot! Our free neighborhood numbers within the a whole bunch of hundreds scattered all through the globe, and we’d like good individuals such as you!

You may be part of by signing up within the superior yellow field beneath, and I’ll ship you a bunch of free guides and printable exercises, together with our Energy 101 information! 


Okay, by now you need to have the entire instruments it’s essential to get began within the health club, however perhaps you’ve got extra questions. If you happen to do, I’ve solutions! 

Merely go away a remark beneath and I’ll do my finest to reply it quickly!

I’d love to listen to from you too in case you discovered this text useful. Which health club exercise are you following? 

Have you ever made all of it the best way to Stage 6 but!?


PS: Ensure you learn the opposite 3 articles in our health club sequence:

PPS: Don’t neglect to learn our superior Energy 101 Collection both!


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