FEAR OF THE GYM
If you’re not a regular gym buff, the concept of going can seem ominous and intimidating. Like anything, the trick is to just get familiar with the space and the equipment. The first time you go (even if it’s just been a while) may be nerve-wracking. However, most gyms will offer a first day tour or even a complimentary initial session with one of the trainers for new members. Many people pass up this opportunity as they feel more comfortable navigating the waters alone. Don’t be intimidated to take your gym up on this offer! It may surprise you how comforting it is to be met with a friendly face, and to have someone who is familiar with the space and the equipment show you the ropes. This way, the next time you come in you will feel more confident and gain a sense of purpose as you will know exactly where to go, and what to do.
Here are a few more ways you can set yourself up for a positive, non-threatening gym experience, and as a result, have more a successful workout regimen as you will hit the gym more frequently.
Take a workout buddy.
This one’s kind of a no brainer. Not only will a workout buddy make the overall experience less intimidating, they are a great way to spark a little friendly competition, ultimately forcing you to push yourself harder. Booking a workout session with a buddy will also minimize the chances of you skipping out on your workouts, as you will be accountable not only to yourself, but to someone else as well. The workout buddy program is particularly beneficial to those doing weight training or anything that requires a spotter, as you won’t have to repeatedly bug that scary guy next to you with the bulging muscles!
Did we mention that there's an awesome app for finding a workout buddy ;)
Book at Least One Initial Workout Session with a Trainer.
Even if you can’t afford to have a regular trainer on standby, booking one initial informative session is definitely worth your money. Particularly if you are a beginner, it’s good to know the types of exercises you should be doing to achieve your desired results, as well as how to properly execute them. If you’re only planning on having one informative session, make sure to make a few notes on things like strategy and exercises. (What your goals are, which exercises to do, tips on how to use difficult equipment, etc.) This way, you can put a workout plan in place for yourself as you continue to apply this valuable information in your workouts going forward on your own. If you are hesitant buy a session with a trainer, you can also try looking online (just make sure it’s a credible source) or in e-books to find out how to achieve your desired results. Having this knowledge in your back pocket will also make you feel more confident at the gym, as will you know you are on the right track. There’s nothing worse than feeling like everyone’s staring because you’re using a machine or doing an exercise completely wrong!
Meet new like-minded people.
As much as it’s easy to bring a friend that you are already comfortable with to the gym, it’s also a great opportunity to meet new, like-minded people. Meeting new “gym friends” will develop a more fitness centered relationship, which may be helpful in taking your workouts more seriously, and reduce the chances of distracting each other or goofing off. Don’t be afraid to ask someone for help, or to work in on a set with you. Try scoping out someone who you feel may be at a similar experience level as you, or someone who you feel may have similar fitness goals. We have an app for that, just sayin’. ;)
So, we hope that by following these few steps going forward you will begin to see the gym as an opportunity to better yourself, and to meet like-minded people with similar goals and interests rather than a daunting place to be avoided!