Have you ever gone to the gym and felt nervous to work out? Worried what others are thinking about you? Worried that people think you are too fat to be at the gym or that the exercises you are doing are stupid?
Let me tell you, I have been going to the gym for years and I still feel that way sometimes. Don’t believe me? Here are a few examples:
1. When I first got pregnant at that awkward stage between “she’s obviously pregnant” and “Is that a food baby?” I worried that the other gym-goers would think I had just let myself go.
2. I felt that same way when I was coming back to working out after having my son.
3. When I attempt a new exercise or a machine I haven’t tried before. I worry that others will think I am incompetent. This hits especially hard since I am a trainer and I want others to see that I know what I am doing.
If I feel this way as an exercise professional, I am sure my clients feel the same way. Trying something new is intimidating. Especially when it involves putting yourself out there in front of a bunch of people.
The good news is that most of the people around you could care less about what you are doing (in a good way). Most people are too involved with themselves to really worry about others. It just takes making that mental leap and getting over your own fears.
Here are a few things that have helped me make that leap in order to make gains in the gym despite the situation.
1. Get a trainer- Having someone to help you navigate your environment and connect you with other fit people.
2. Bring a friend- Having a buddy can be very motivating and make the gym less intimidating. Just make sure you friend is a force of positivity.
3. Have a plan- It’s easy to leave early or give up on certain exercises if you don’t have a written plan. Having a plan helps give you confidence and feel like you belong. Make sure you know the exercises and
4. Dress the part- Never underestimate the power of a cute outfit. If you feel good and look good you will be more motivated to keep going.
5. Turn up your tunes- Put on headphones and blast your favorite music. It’s easier to be in your own little world that way.
Have you ever felt intimidated at the gym? What helped you get over your fears?