So you’ve finally conjured up the energy to hit the gym! Got up early in the a.m. , packed your bag the night before, heck you even got yourself some pre-workout and a shaker bottle cause this year…is your year!
But, once you’re there, you just feel out of place, like all eyes are on you, can’t figure out what to do or where to find what. So you leave, mission unaccomplished. We’ll try again tomorrow. Repeat.
If this doesn’t sound like you, good for you! Keep going! But if it does, hey, it’s ok. Just keep reading…
Ways to help you overcome that gym-anxiety:
Wear something YOU feel great in: This is one of those times when comfort trumps everything. You need to feel confident yet comfortable. So if you feel great in a t-shirt and sweats, do that! If you’ve been dying to wear that matching set from Gymshark, go for it! Wear something that helps you step into that space with the right energy.
Timing is key: Some people get anxious when there are crowds at the gym. I feel awkward waiting for a machine to free-up or having to switch my routine because the treadmills are full. After a few trips, I observed that my local GoodLife gym is (kinda) empty earlier in the morning or midday. So that’s generally when I go. Figure out what times work for you. The crowds might not bother you but maybe the waiting for machines does.
Size matters: Lol! The gym size matters. Again if’d like to start out with smaller crowds, then a smaller gym might be good for you. Where I live, smaller, private gyms are few and too far. It’s easier (and inexpensive) to access larger gyms like GoodLife fitness, Planet fitness, Fit4Less etc. There’s more of them and you can usually gain access to all their locations with the right membership plan.
Have a routine: You know the adage, ” failure to prepare is preparing to fail”…..something like that. Basically, go with a plan. Have an idea of what you want to work on. Back, legs, glutes, cardio etc. You can mix it up. A plan will help you focus on your workout and do it well. Instead of jumping from machine to machine and getting a mediocre workout.
Remember, no-one cares what you’re doing: Sounds kinda mean but really…no-one is watching what you’re up to. Most people have their airpods on and are zoned in to their workout. Do your thing! And when you need it, don’t be scared to ask for help. Most people are surprisingly willing to show you the ropes. (Might also be good to ask a trainer/associate how to use certain machines).
Go with a partner: Going with a friend can make it a more comfortable experience especially if you’re new to the gym. You can make light of little mistakes or help each keep the right form. Eventually you’ll get used to it and might be good going to the gym on your own.