GETTING OVER YOUR FEAR OF THE GYM
Ladies there’s nothing more disheartening than a woman who won’t go to the gym for fear of being judged or stared at. Sure that’s easier said the closer you get to your goals, but don’t let what some stranger may think deter you from reaching your milestones.
Everybody has to start somewhere! Everybody. The same people triggering your anxiety may very well have been in your position once.
Here are some solid tips to get you started:
1. Take a full tour of the gym you’re considering joining. Some gyms really aren’t a good fit. I declined a membership to a local gym once b/c the salesperson was trying to holler (maybe to secure the sale?), it was overcrowded, and people were sitting on the equipment instead of using it. Who can thrive in that environment?
2. Get a (good) personal trainer if you can afford it. Not someone who’s been hired as an hourly employee, but someone who’s certified and qualified. Keep in mind personal trainers are not magicians. Your fitness is your responsibility, and the trainer can’t monitor you 24/7. If you’re not seeing results and there’s no medical reason behind it, then you need to focus on your overall commitment.
3. Enlist a workout buddy. This is often easier said than done. You can’t expect people to be as motivated as you. However the fitter you become, you’ll undoubtedly come across people who will suddenly become interested in tagging along. This is great when they actually do, but expect to be stood up more often than not. Never adjust your exercise schedule for anyone else. Have them meet you at the gym on your time, or for dinner afterward so you can tell them all about it.
I’d actually suggest going to Craigslist and partnering up with a stranger for a workout buddy over trying to recruit people you know. At least you can find someone who has similar goals and is equally, if not more motivated.
4. Stepping into the weight room can be really daunting. You may not understand how to use the equipment, may not feel comfortable lifting next to Serena and Nelly look alikes, or just feel like all eyes are on you because you don’t ‘belong’ there. I can assure you that none of the sexy people have gotten to where they are by being preoccupied with what everybody else is doing. Focus on yourself just as they have. The results will speak for themselves.
5. Start off taking classes. Take 1 or 2 classes a week, or 3 if you’re ambitious. This is probably the best way to ease into a gym regimen. There’s a set schedule, a start and an end, and an instructor guaranteeing your success. Once you feel a little more comfortable, get into that weight room where you truly belong. This is where the real magic happens.
Good luck on your journeys ladies, and feel free to add more points! Gentlemen are welcome as well!