The gym can sometimes be a very intimidating place, especially if you're just starting out. There might be a number of reasons why you feel that 'gymtimidation':
- Not feeling you look the part.
- Being self-conscious about your skill level.
- Having to wait around to use weights and machines and not knowing what to do in between!
- Feeling uncomfortable with people constantly moving around you.
- Not understanding how to use the weights and machines properly.
It doesn't have to be this way!
In fact, for many of our Warriors, the gym becomes a home away from home - a place where they can leave everything else behind and train. We train our clients to build themselves physically, mentally and emotionally, so they're strong in their mind and body.
If you're just starting out at the gym, don't worry! Everyone is at the gym for a purpose, to meet their own individual fitness goals. Respect each other, because you're one of the few who dragged themselves off the sofa and got to the gym.
Here's a few ways you can over the gymtimidation. Remember it only lasts for a little while. Once you get in your groove that fear will disappear.
Everybody has to start somewhere
Being physically fit doesn't happen overnight. Every single person who is in that gym has had to start somewhere, they're not just magically ripped and toned. These people were once in the position you are, being challenged to get fitter and learn how to use the gym equipment in different ways to reach their body goals. And guess what, they are still learning too. Every session at the gym is about learning, trying new things, getting to know your body better and watching the changes happen over time.
No matter your age, adapting to a new training routine takes different amounts of time, and you may need to take more rest days when you first start. We're all different. It doesn't matter. You can reach your goals without comparing yourself to anyone, and move steadily at your own pace because it's not an overnight change. Take your time, have lots of patience and remain dedicated and you will get there, one way or another.
Avoid the peak gym times
The peak hours at the gym are when the most people are going to be there, and it can be overwhelming when you first start out. You'll have more chance of waiting around to use the equipment, and you will need more time to get into the swing of things which is difficult when it's so busy.
If your schedule allows it, go to the gym when it's a bit quieter. You'll be able to move round the gym a lot easier, and most machines will be open for you to use. It's a lot less stressful, which is great because anxiety and focused exercise don't go well together.
Interact with the people around you
Never be afraid of talking to the people around you, whether they're staff, trainers or gym goers. People will be happy to help you learn, and you may even pick up some useful tips and tricks for your training.
Train with a friend
Training in pairs is a great way to destroy those feelings of fear because you've got your team to fight against the gymtimidation. Having a gym buddy who already trains will also help you to get going and build up your confidence.
Get a personal trainer to help you learn the ropes
Starting out at a gym is daunting. There's a lot of machines that seem confusing to use. Remember that there are professional trainers ready to help you reach your goals. Our trainers at The Warrior Programme help you figure everything out, motivating you to train harder and build you up from the basics so you can train in various modalities with ease.
Always keep in mind that training to get fitter is your own personal journey, and we all have to start somewhere. The gym can be an intimidating place to start with, but once you get to grips with it, you'll be training with confidence in no time.
Our very own Head Warrior, Amy Newton, has made a motivational video just for you, to help beat the #gymtimidation and get you one step closer to your fitness goals. Head over to video by clicking here and get started on beating your gymtimidation!