Feelings of overwhelming uncertainty can cultivate a fear of the gym. Just the thought of it brings anxiety. You are not alone. Many people struggle with the uncomfortable feeling that going to a new gym might come with.
Too often, new exercisers find themselves walking into a gym with a sense of intimidation. Which, may results in unsuccessful change in lifestyle. No, the solution is not Planet Fitness’s Judgement free zones.
To cure these anchors against success, we will identify reasons why you might be uncomfortable with the gym. Then, we will find ways to remedy the discomfort.
Fear of The unknown
Walking into the gym for the first time can come with a lot of nervousness related to being uncertain. Your first thought might be “I don’t know what I am doing” or “am I doing this right?.”
It’s very common to feel nervous about making the right choices in exercise. From my experience, learning what works and how it works comes on a learning curve. Practice and experience goes a long way.
Your first solution would be to hire a personal trainer. Certified Personal Trainers can instruct the exercises to you and create a program designed for your success.
This is, however, an investment; but if your time and well being are a priority to you, than a trainer is worth your resources! If your budget doesn’t permit a trainer, you might be able to ask friendly staff member to teach you the exercises and routines that can get you started learning for yourself.
Fear of Judgement and Ridicule
Without a doubt, everyone will experience the feeling of being judged. Every step of the way in an exercisers life span will be feelings of inadequacy. Rest assured that, most of the time, those feelings are unfounded.
For anyone that hasn’t established their presence in a gym, it can be very uncomfortable. The feeling of “All eyes on the new guy or gall” is often met by the thought of other people thinking poorly of them.
The gym can be a vulnerable place. You might look distressed which is unflattering. Your facial expressions could be described as a mix of agony and suffering that your eagerly wanting to end.
Guess what? Your not alone!
Fortunately, the same struggle most-likely exists in your fellow exercisers. There usually isn’t enough effort left to judge anyone else because everyone is focused on their own struggle
Not everyone is as shallow as you have been lead to believe. On the contrary, a lot of the most visibly muscular exercisers have been in your position before. Because they know what it feels like, they will often come to your aid or defend you against anyone that might not have the same compassion.
Fear of looking silly
You may think that you are too painfully awkward to be a gym goer. Well, unfortunately, I have to break the news to you that you are right.
Let me tell you the ridiculousness of exercising. Imagine running in place for over thirty minutes staring at a wall. Running on a treadmill is silly. Sitting in a chair huffing and puffing to displace a piece of metal two feet is down right ridiculous.
I am aware of the silliness to point that I wrote a poem about the insanity of weight lifting. The act of exercise itself seems and feels silly, but its necessary. The fact is, exercise is worth looking ridiculous to feel and look better.
When you start to feel this way, take a moment to look around. Think about how absolutely nuts everyone looks. Then think about why everyone is there in the first place. They are just as vulnerable to feeling insane as you are. So, take a deep breath, and get to work.
The truth is that going to the gym the first time makes you feel like the new kid in school. That is totally normal, but guess what? that advice is the same. Make some friends go, about your business and everything will sort itself out.
The important thing is that you are there. No matter what your financial or social status, YOU belong in the gym. It may not seem like it in the beginning, but if your intentions are to better yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally, you belong in the gym just as much as anyone else.