FEELING CONFIDENT THAT you know what you’re doing in the gym is often easier said than done.
Whether you’re a newbie who is fighting off the jitters and feelings of intimidation that come from stepping onto the weight room floor for the first time or an experienced lifter struggling with one particular sticking point in your training, it’s important to feel like you can ask questions. When you’re confused, concerned, or you just don’t know exactly what you should do next, you should feel empowered to speak up to an authoritative source of knowledge to find an answer. Sometimes Google can only get you so far.
Unfortunately, lots of gym-goers don’t have anyone trustworthy to turn to in their moments of need. Sure, you can find the most muscle-bound dude at your gym to chat up or send blind DMs to your favorite fitness influencer in hopes of a response, but you probably won’t get the best, most relevant answers to your questions. You need someone who has more experience than just what works for themselves—and hopefully, someone who is willing to ask around to make sure you get the best information possible to answer your questions.
That’s where we come in. This is #Gains, Explained, the new Men’s Health fitness advice column. The MH fitness team (chiefly, fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and senior editor Brett Williams, NASM-CPT) will field all of your questions about the ins and outs of strength training, gym etiquette, how to plan the ideal workout split, and more. We’ll answer everything to the best of our ability—and we’ll make sure to tap our extensive network of experts, too, so we’re sure to cover all the bases. Check out a quick discussion about the series below.
Brett Williams, NASM
Brett Williams, a fitness editor at Men’s Health, is a NASM-CPT certified trainer and former pro football player and tech reporter who splits his workout time between strength and conditioning training, martial arts, and running. You can find his work elsewhere at Mashable, Thrillist, and other outlets.