Being a newbie at the gym can be difficult. The gym scene can be very intimidating for those who aren’t used to it. There is the desire to want to go to the gym, but the fear of going to the gym itself can be too overwhelming. Going to the gym will help your self-esteem levels so much! Getting over this fear is so worth it! Once in the gym you will realize that you have nothing to fear. It is more a matter of just getting yourself into the gym. Show up for yourself. Put yourself first, and your fears aside!
1. Begin With A Class
A class is a good way to get introduced to working out. All the workouts are guided by a certified instructor who knows what they are doing. All the workouts will be planned prior. The instructor is typically at the front of the room demonstrating the workouts. This can be comforting for those who do not know what they are doing. Often the instructor will walk around the class after demonstrating, and correct individuals on their form. If this happens do not freak out, take this as a learning opportunity. This is a chance to perfect your form. That way when you complete the movement on your own outside of the class, you know It is being performed correctly. Think of it as extra reassurance. Another benefit of a class is knowing that nobody is paying attention to you specifically since there are so many others. All the people in the class are there to do achieve the same goal. Classes are so positive and uplifting!
2. Workout With A Buddy
The hardest part of gymtimidation is feeling alone in the gym. Bring a workout buddy. This can make the process of getting fit so much more fun. You have somebody to help hold you accountable to your goals. Brining a friend eliminates the fear of feeling awkward in the gym. Everything is less awkward when your friend is with you. A workout buddy is a security blanket in a sense. It is okay to bring a friend to the gym. Do not feel bad about it. Find a friend who is already into fitness, and doesn’t mind if you tag along. These friends usually are a good source of information for fitness, and they will teach you how to use all the machines properly. Working out with a friend is a good way to get started in the gym until you feel comfortable on your own.
3. Plan Your Workout
This is a vital step. Plan your workouts before stepping foot into the gym. Feel confident in what you plan to do during your workout. This way you do not have to walk around the gym aimlessly deciding what to do. This eliminates that anxiety of looking like you don’t know what to do in the gym. Most avid gym goers have workout plans that they follow to help achieve their goals. Depending on what your goal is, having a workout plan will help. There are tons of workout plans to choose from on the internet. Several fitness influencers have apps or workout guides that can be purchased for cheap. These workout guides are very informative for several reasons. Usually the workout guides follow a structured plan. Most of the time you will train one muscle group per workout. However, there are guides that can be purchased for at home workouts. High intensity interval training workouts can be done at home. These workouts may be a good place to start if you are to worried about stepping in the gym yet. It is okay to start at home. The first steps are always the hardest. If home workouts is what gets the ball rolling, then so be it. However, the best place to find workouts is through Instagram. Fitness influencers post their daily workouts on their Instagram all the time. Check there for free workouts before purchasing a plan.
4. Educate Yourself
Take the time to educate yourself. The internet is an endless resource that has tons of fitness information available to anybody searching. YouTube is a great place to look. YouTube has many informative videos to watch on any topic related to fitness. People post workouts to YouTube that are easy to follow. People post videos on any and every topic. Look up videos for workout split ideas. Watch videos on how to get started with a fitness journey. There are in fact videos about that. Individuals share their journey, and how theirs got started. Look here for inspiration. There are informative videos that teach you how to have proper form when lifting or completing a workout. There are videos of workout playlist suggestions. YouTube is a great place to go for nutrition information such as how to count macros. The only thing to be weary of with YouTube is to make sure that the video creator is credible. If you are taking fitness advice off the internet, make sure that the information is correct since it could potentially affect your wellbeing.
5. Realize The Truth Of Your Fear
It is important to realize that in the gym nobody is looking at you. Everyone who is at the gym is focused on their own workouts. People who already go to the gym are there to focus on themselves, not to watch others workout. The gym is a very positive community. Nobody is there to shame those who do not know what they are doing. If anything, they are there to support you, and encourage you. Most people are at the gym to better themselves, and they want others to do the same. Everyone started somewhere, and believe it or not most people had gymtimidation at one point. They had to overcome their gymtimidation to get to where they are today.