I get it... I ABSOLUTELY get it... Gyms can be incredibly intimidating. Especially when you're first starting out.
There are machines, there is this bizarre unwritten code of etiquette, there are sweaty, fit, grunting people.... need I say more.
Here's the thing - everyone that is in that room is pretty much completely oblivious to you. And that is awesome. It means for the most part you can get on with your workout and do your sweaty thang.
However, if you have the newbie gym jitters, here are a few strategies to overcome them:
1 - If you don't know how a machine works - ask.
If your gym has trainers, they'll most likely be the best port of call, if not most folks at the gym are SO happy to help out a fellow gym rabbit... just don't approach them mid-set.
2 - Remember that everyone is there for them
The other folks sweating there NEED to be concentrating on what they are doing, otherwise they're a candidate for an awkward gym fail compilation. They're not looking at you, they DON'T think you look silly/weak/out of place.
3 - Work to a program
If you're really feeling out of place, get yourself a program. There are some great ones online, or have a trainer write one up for you. If your gym has a personal training session included as part of your membership, make the most of it and have the trainer show you around and take you through each exercise in the program.
Programs make it easy to focus. Programs make it look as though you know what you're doing 😉 AND Programs mean that if you're tracking your goals, you can measure your progress.
Don't let your insecurities hold you back from working out your amazing body. Don't let your fitness hold you back, remember that we ALL start somewhere, and it's usually sucky!
Get your sweat on you sparkly thing!
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