That moment when you walk into the gym see all the ‘fit’ people and think maybe you don’t belong here. You begin to wonder if you can even pick up a dumbbell and who is going to be watching you try. Are they going to make fun of me if I don’t lift the right muscles in the right order? I know I read an article about that somewhere. And what was it, cardio then weights or weights then cardio?! Ahhh, it’s all so complicated! You see all the ‘fit’ people pumping iron and you wonder if you should have even came. You get a little sweaty (just from nerves) and you take a few steps towards the weights but then back out and hop on the trusty old treadmill.
You know what I’m talking about?! Gymtimidation!
Making those first few voyages to the gym can be very intimidating. I remember when I first began going to the gym. I would do almost the same routine every time because I was nervous to try other machines or lifts! I didn’t want to be doing something wrong and get made fun of. It seemed like everyone there knew exactly what to do with every piece of equipment. Everyone there seemed so much ‘fitter’ than me.
I was very intimidated by the people and the equipment. I was in school to be a personal trainer and I was scared of the gym! It wasn’t that I didn’t want to workout or be there, I was just intimidated by the setting. I had to get over that quickly! Here is how I did it (and you can too)!
- Know that Any workout is a good workout. You are there, you are moving, you are making progress! Do not feel ashamed because there is not an exact science to your routine. Do what you came to do no matter what the people around you are doing. Your goals and theirs are not the same. Be YOU at the gym.
- Show up with a plan. Make a workout journal and write what you are going to do at the gym before you go. Take it with you so you can refer to it while you are there. I still do this for each client and myself every time I go! If you have a workout planned out you won’t be spending time wandering around wondering what to do next. You will use your time more efficiently and feel like you know exactly what you should be doing!
- Go with a friend. Take a friend with you and workout together! As long as this friend is as committed as you to getting in a workout (and not just gabbing), having someone with you can really help your confidence! A friend can also be a key to getting you motivated on those days when you are feeling sluggish!
- Don’t be afraid to ask. Every person in the gym is either in your shoes or has been there! IF you are unsure, ask! I would say 90% of people would be more than willing to help you figure out a lift or a machine.
- Act like you own the place. Walk in, get in your zone, and go for it! Do not give ‘haters’ a chance you even size you up. Having confidence in yourself will go far! Again, you are there and your are working out so you already won.
- Try a trainer. Still nervous? Try hiring a personal trainer for 4-6 weeks. You will learn how to use the equipment properly, get some great workout ideas, and you will know your way around the gym when your 4-6 weeks are up! Having someone hold you accountable and be there with you for the first month can be a life saver! If there is not a trainer available or it is not in your budget, try and app like Aaptiv! All you have to do is Pop in your head phones and get to working out! The plan, the trainer, and the motivation are waiting for you!https://aaptiv.com/
Don’t give up! Going to the gym will soon be as easy as going to your favorite coffee shop. Keep in mind that you are doing this to be a better, healthier you! No one can judge you for that!
I am strong. I am capable. I am powerful. I am beautiful.