Scared of the gym? You’re not alone!
11th September 2019
There’s no denying that visiting the gym for the first time is scary! Research shows that 75% of women would like to exercise more but avoid the gym for fear of what others think. In addition to this, a recent study published in the Psychology of Men and Masculinity states as many as 40% of American men are struggling with body image in some shape or form.
If you’re a gym newbie and are facing body confidence issues, then don’t worry because we have five ways to overcome ‘gym fear’.
Plan a workout before attending the gym, this way you don’t have to worry about the different exercises to carry out in the gym. You can do this through online videos or workout tutorials and then incorporate them into your gym routine. Having a plan in place beforehand gives you more confidence in tackling the gym, pushing you to try more advanced exercises.
Has a new class been added to the timetable that you really want to attend? It’s easy to place yourself on the back row and avoid any eye contact with other members, whilst also attempting to mimic the moves of the ‘hardcore’ goers in the class. Introduce yourself to the instructor before or after the class, they can offer any advice and help you to enhance your moves - soon you’ll be at the front row with the regulars!
Peak hours are always dependant on the gym, so question the staff about when the gym is busiest. Armed with this information you can decide at what time you’re going to feel most comfortable working out - avoiding the hardcore fitness addicts. Busiest time frames can be the most intimidating, but it can be the most educational as well. This way you can monitor how people use certain equipment that you want to learn, putting you more at ease.
Gym anxiety can get the best of all of us. Invite someone you know and trust for gym motivation – make it a regular thing! When you’re working out with a friend, you feel more relaxed and it makes it more enjoyable. If gym anxiety occurs, don’t be scared to face your insecurities and grow from the experience!
Believe in what you can do! It’s not a race to the finish, the only competition is you and comparing yourself to others only makes it harder. Remember that everyone started in your shoes at some point or another, so attend that exercise class a few more times and you never know - you could even be joining those people in the front row!