We've all been there before, excited about going to the gym. If it's the night before, you probably got your gym clothes laid out on the bed, thinking how good you're going to look. You even got your food prepare sitting in the fridge. What's even better is that you're going to bed early so that you're well-rested.
You wake up early and in a good mood, heading to work. The traffic doesn't get you upset neither does the crowded train or bus that you have to take while being pushed over by 100 teenagers or someone asking you for money. You get to work and still have a smile on your face, everyone, including your boss, sees you as you enter with your gym bag. As you walk to your desk, they stare and watch, making you feel like you've just become the queen of England.
As the day goes by your focus and locked in, you've already had your healthy breakfast and lunch. You've been on a roll all day long, you feel strong, pump, and fierce. Right after you clock out, you walk out of your job, playing out in your head how you're about to attack. You've been waiting for this moment, and nothing can stop you. Now you're approaching the gym; you have your game face on as you scan your gym card and say hello.
Soon as you enter "BOOM," all your confidence and excitement fly right out of the window. Your whole world has just been CRUSHED, and the emotions start to pour in. You've become Frightened and uneasy because of one thing and one thing only, "GYM INTIMIDATION."
Now whether you've had that scenario or not, you most definitely had the scary feeling kicked in when you saw all those people working out — somehow, you immediately got turned off. You probably don't even go anymore, so that you don't have to deal with it.
The worse part is now you're looking at all those beautiful bodies around you and comparing yourself to them. You see the sexy body of the female doing squats, and she has a booty that you feel you may never have. What about the professional-looking runners on the treadmills? You don't know if their professional, but according to you and you're insecurities, they are professional and speedy. You usually warm up with some cardio, but you can't imagine walking or jogging next to them. How would you look? You would probably feel bad about your body and the fact that you can't run as fast as them, even though you don't know how long they have been training or where they've started from.
You look over at the free weights, and it's run over by a whole gang of males. Grunting and slamming weights, sweating everywhere. The lean muscles on them make you hate your extra layers of fat even more. Another reason why you can't go over there is that the weights are taken, and you don't know how to lift weights, so it's either avoid that area or look like a dumass until you hurt yourself or someone laughs and politely comes over to help.
Does this sound like you? If it does, I want you to know it's okay. The gym can be a scary place. It's almost like high school again with your jocks and cheerleaders. You have tons of people showing off their fitness talents, all impressing one another. It's like being at a competition. Sometimes you feel like you don't belong, and when you think it, they believe it too. It's written all over your face, and it should be because you pay your membership also. You shouldn't feel bad about trying to better your health and well being. Some people will already look good and others have to work to get there.
Gym intimidation is nothing to be ashamed of, and almost half of the people you see working out are going through it, even the big muscular guys and the pretty girls with the coke bottle shape, being watched by all the creepy big muscular guys.
Now that I've given you some insight on why you should not let these factors stop you, let's get into how you can cope with gym intimidation.
Now for the pro, you and that friend or family member can build up a good habit of going to the point where you both reach your goals and even strengthen the bond you have. You both can keep each other on track about going and push one another during the tough parts of the workout. What's even better is that you both will get better and comfortable that you realize that you can go alone. The confidence you accumulated over time leads you both to feel just fine when separated while meeting up whenever you can.
In conclusion, gym intimidation is more of a mental aspect. It's something we conjure up in our minds because we want to look better than the individuals we come across or at least be as good looking. When you see a girl with a bigger butt or a guy lifting heavier weight than you do, it's not to make you feel inferior but motivate you to reach that point. Remember, you weren't there when that person started. Many times we missed the hard work put into the bodies of the people we admire. It's best to focus on you because watching someone else won't help you get there. Stay positive, track your progress, and trust the process. You can wear hoodies, bring a friend, listen to music and follow a program, but it's best to deal with the issue, and that's how your mind operates before and when you enter a gym. Everyone is there to better themselves. Some will quit and try again, and others will not. Some will reach their goals plus more, and others will not. Some will find true happiness within their bodies, and unfortunately, others will not. It's up to you to make that choice on which one you will be. You possess the power and the potential to become more no matter your situation, never let anyone take that away from you because of the beauty pageant that comes with fitness. YOU ARE MORE, SO BECOME MORE! NOW TAKE YOU'RE ASS TO THE GYM!
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Christopher Gilbert is a Personal Trainer based in New York City and is known for his effective nutrition and workout programs along with his intense training sessions.