After months of promising yourself that you were finally going to commit, you’ve decided to get a gym membership and are ready to take the fitness world by storm. Our facilities are just as great as any other country’s, but as with most things in Malta, the devil is in the details. Here are seven things to keep in mind before hitting the gym.
1. You will bump into someone you know
Malta is a small island nation, so chances are you’ll be meeting an old friend from school or an ex you were hoping to avoid. Still, you’re both there to better yourselves, so smile, nod, and remember that a few more reps and those enviable abs will speak volumes.
2. But they’re probably too busy looking at themselves to look at you
So don’t worry about how you look while exercising, or if you’re sweaty AF when they see you – you’re at a gym, if you’re not sweating you’re not doing it right.
3. Humidity levels can be hard to get used to
Part of the reason Malta’s heat can get unbearable at times is the insanely high humidity levels. After a tough gym session, make sure you’ve cooled down properly before you step outside or you might have to learn to rock the red look for a while longer.
4. People will make some uncomfortable noises
Mediterraneans aren’t known for bearing their agony in silence – and the same applies to their workouts. Be prepared for a lot of grunts and moans along the way, or make head phones your next investment.
5. You should avoid drinking ice cold water
With Malta’s perpetual summer, it may seem like an amazing idea to freeze a bottle overnight, and sip on that throughout your workout. But studies have shown that drinking very cold water during a workout is dangerous for your system, so stick to a nice, refreshing room temperature drink and make sure your gym is well equipped with AC.
6. It’s always best to take advantage of a gym’s classes or instructors
They’re the best way to get a head start in your workout and really figure out the best workout for what you want to achieve. Having a tangible goal and a road map to its success will make your life ten times easier. The key tip here is to find clubs like Cynergi who offer a range of classes and have internationally qualified trainers too.
7. Everyone thinks they are an expert
Your nannu might tell you that running on a treadmill isn’t really exercise and your friends might go on about how your gym sessions are eating into your quality socialising time … because Maltese people love to give unsolicited advice.
The best thing to do is keep your head down and stick with your training or maybe you should encourage them to go along with you. Either way if you like the results you’re seeing that’s all that matters.