It’s still a fairly new year. Most people have given up on their new year goals as far as fitness & health. But, there are still some people sticking to their goals. Perhaps that is why you’re reading this blog – you’re going to the gym, but you feel uncomfortable. It’s OK! I’ve been there and I know how you feel.
At the beginning of my weightloss journey, I was a whopping 285 pounds! Crazy! (I didn’t believe the scale). A workout room intimidated me! I knew nothing about lifting weights and building my strength. My only gym friend was the treadmill. Sound familiar? It’s the most popular cardio equipment inf the gym. Let’s be honest though, a treadmill walk or run will bore you after a while. I started getting better on the eliptical, but that didn’t take away my fear of being in a gym.
So, why are so many intimidated about working out in a public place? Fear of looking stupid? The bodies of skinnier chicks? The buff men tossing medal? The funny-looking, inoperable-looking machines? Without a fitness routine?
Here’s what I’ve learned and observed – this is how you can get over your fear of gym intimidation:
1. Research – find out what you should be doing prior to working out. Set a plan. You can do this by having a health assessment at your gym. Or, talk with a personal trainer. There’s also a plethora of information online. Check out effective workouts for what you want to achieve with YOUR body! Set a plan based in your research. You don’t want to wonder aimlessly around the gym.
2. Go to work! – Get to action. So many people start paying for their gym membership long before they attend. Who has money to waste? Set your plan and get going!
3. Focus on you! – The only competition you have is the person you see when you look in the mirror! Far too many times, gym newbies focus on other people. If you have to walk the treadmill, you should care less about the person that’s running on the treadmill next to you. If you can’t lift a kettle bell, lift something else. Most “gym rats” are 100% BEAST MODE during their workouts. They are not worried about you. They’ve been on a persistent plan, so they’re working for results. They see no one else in the gym. Quite honestly, they don’t reserve time to look at you and notice your gym intimidation. Think back to your senior year in high school. As a senior, were you really interested in the freshman class? Did you care to walk them to class? As you were prepping for graduation, was your mind on the newbies? Nah… So, focus on you. Gym time is SELF improvement time.
– Change your workouts. Don’t do the same thing everyday. It’ll get boring. You’ll be less passionate about working out. Most gyms have different classes such as Zumba (my FAVORITE!), sculpting/toning class, Insanity, Silver Sneakers, spinning, and kick boxing just to name a few. Check them out!
My 1st Zumba instructor & I. She has been certified since 2005, and she’s the BEST!
– Ladies, don’t go to the gym to hook up with guys! If a man likes you, he WILL approach you. The only thirst you should show is during your workouts
– drink water. The trainers may be appealing to the eye, but remember, your gym is ther job. Refer back to point 3, focus on you – not the guys! With love…
Now, let’s tighten those laces and get going!
Have I helped you? Do you feel prepared to get going? Do have any questions? Comment below!