Don't be intimidated at the gym
Every single one of us has been there. We've all been beginners at one time or another at the gym. And I can almost guarantee you that every one of us felt the exact same feeling - pure intimidation.
Well, as many of us knows, that eventually goes away to the point where you're so focused at the gym, you barely notice anyone else. That said, it can be difficult during those early years - with a sea of perfect bodies, equipment that looks like NASA designed it or the amount of energy in the room. Overcoming this intimidation is key for fitness success.
That said, there are a number of things you can do to reduce the feeling of intimidation when you put on that outfit and look out at the hub of activity in the gym, including:
- Go in with a plan.
Knowing exactly what you're going to do and the equipment you plan to use gives you focus, which takes your mind off of what other people are thinking and eliminates those awkward moments of wandering from machine to station.
- Join an all female gym
Maybe it's the thought of having someone from the opposite sex stare at you that's making you nervous. Well, that's the reason there are multiple female only gyms around.
- Keep your workout simple
Doing a workout that doesn't rely on the latest or complex equipment can take a lot of guess work and apprehension out of your workout. Focus on using free weights only and you'll fit in to just about any gym on the planet.
Follow the link to a full training split relying only on dumbbells.
- Workout with a partner
Having someone else to workout with will allow encouragement and the focus on what each other is doing. Having a partner in crime makes any intimidating situation easier.
- Don't worry about impressing anyone
You're there for one reason - you. Don't worry about what anyone else thinks, says, is wearing, how they look at you, how much you lift, etc. It's all about you and this is just the place you go to that gets your health on track.
Follow these tips and you'll soon be feeling like your gym is your home away from home. Trust in the fact that with each visit to the gym, you're going to feel more and more comfortable and on your way to fitness success. Just don't leave it in the mess that you leave your bathroom every day.