Signing up for a gym membership, which is a long-term commitment, is not an easy choice to make. While it’s completely normal to feel self-conscience about our bodies from time to time, the gym should be one of those places to help improve that feeling.
A common issue is the intimidation you feel when entering the workout area. Not only do the machines look complicated, but the people using them are also super fit and confident. That paired with the self-consciousness of our bodies can have a detrimental effect.
Common causes of gym intimidation can start with being unsure of where to start in the gym and how to use the equipment. No one wants to sit on a machine and worry about using it incorrectly. This can distract you from achieving your desired results.
Another factor can be feeling singled out or lonely. Sometimes people can feel uncomfortable when they first enter a gym by themselves and have to figure out where to go first. Plus, it can be motivating to have someone with you to ensure you get everything you want out of your gym.
With the common causes of gym intimidation mentioned above, there are also many ways to combat it.
1. Don’t be afraid to try out different gyms. You don’t have to sign a long-term contract with the first gym you see. Visit a few and see what kind of environment you
2. Workout buddies can go a long way. Going to the gym with one of your friends can take the edge off of your self-consciousness. It makes for an even better result when your buddy has the same workout goals, so you
3. Know what workouts you want to do. Before going to the gym, put together some workout routines so you know what machine or area you want to work out in when you get there, that way you won’t wander around try-
4. Keep reminding yourself why you are there. While intimidation and fatigue can deter determination to keep working out and coming back the next time, remember that you are there for a reason. You came to improve your body image and confidence; don’t let anything sway you from your goals.
The important thing to remember here is that you are not alone in feeling this way. Everyone is self-conscience about something. It’s what makes us human. The overall consensus everyone in a gym has is to improve and get healthier, and there should be no shame in that. No one is immune to it, so don’t let gym intimidation and self-consciousness stop you from reaching your workout goals.
• Don’t walk in front of someone who is working out in front of the mirror.
• Clean your machines and weights after you are done with them.
• Don’t stay on one machine too long, especially if there are limited machines. There is usually a 30-minute maximum for busy gyms.
• Respect others’ boundaries. People are working hard and sweating their hearts out, and they don’t need someone invading their personal space.
• Put equipment back in the proper area after you’re finished with it.
Written by: Alex Dunn