Gyms used to be so terrifying to me. I didn’t want to work out around other people and I was nervous about trying to figure out how to use all of the machines! I avoided getting a membership at a gym for so long just because of my fear. When I reached a wall with the exercises I could do and the progress I was making at my home gym, I decided I was going to just have to get over my fear! If you’re like me and going to a gym makes you nervous, I got you sis. I experienced all of the embarrassing moments so that hopefully you don’t have to!
- Find the right gym
When you’re thinking about joining a gym, tour as many different ones as possible. While it’s always nice to go to one closest to you, I think it’s more important that you enjoy the overall vibe of the gym more. Definitely be picky when it comes to the staff and the other members and make sure it aligns with your goals!
2. Go with a friend
If it makes you feel more comfortable, find a friend to go to the gym with you at least the first few times! A lot of gyms will offer free passes up to three days! Not only can y’all motivate each other, but you can feel more comfortable knowing you have someone to figure things out with you!
3. Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Every single person in that gym had to start somewhere. Everyone else there also had times where they didn’t know how to use a certain machine or perform an exercise properly. There have definitely been times where I had to ask the person next to me how to do something and they were always happy to help! If you don’t feel comfortable enough to ask a member then the staff or personal trainers at the gym are there to assist you! Trying to figure out how to do something on your own because you’re afraid to ask someone is not worth having bad form and potentially hurting yourself!
4. Do your research
I like to be prepared in everything I do and going to the gym is no exception. Before using new machines I always watched videos and did my own research so I could be as knowledgable as possible to how things worked and proper form. Educating yourself as much as possible prior to your workout will definitely make you feel more comfortable and confident going into it.
5. Focus on yourself
When I’m at the gym, I put my headphones in and completely block everyone else out. I don’t notice a single person because at the end of the day, I’m there for myself. I’m there for my own health and personal fitness goals. No one at the gym is going to pay your bills, no one at the gym is going to make you healthy or happy. They should have zero affect on you so, just completely ignore them.
There will be people who are more fit than you and that’s ok. If you have the time to compare yourself to other people at the gym or be scared of what they might think of you, you’re not working hard enough. If you’re not 100% focused, your fitness goals aren’t big enough. Block everyone out because the funny thing is, everyone else there is focused on themselves as well!
I hope these tips help you feel more confident and motivated to push through your fear of going to the gym because they definitely helped me!
//How would you recommend getting over gym intimidation?// Let me know in the comments below!