Posted on May 18 2018
I remember the first time I walked into a gym. I felt so intimidated and so lost. I didn't know anything about the equipment, and I didn't even know where to begin. As I looked around, I realized that everyone there probably felt the same way at one point. While it seems that everybody at the gym is confident in what they're doing, There may be some newbies there just like you. If you're worried about your confidence slipping when you walk into the gym, or if going to the gym is anxiety-inducing because you're not sure you can feel confident there, here are my tips for feeling confident in the gym so you can walk in like a champion the next time you go.
Make sure you got a proper tour when you joined- When you first join a gym, they should give you a proper tour. If they don't, consider finding a different gym. A good gym will have an employee spend time with you answering questions you have about machines as well as the facilities and all it has to offer. Getting a proper tour can help you feel a little bit more at home in your gym. Also, some gyms offer a free consultation or 1 hour class for anyone who's new to the gym where their questions can be answered in a group setting, which for some people, makes them more comfortable.
Go with a friend- One of the best ways to feel comfortable in a new environment is to bring someone with you that set your mind at ease. The gym is no different. Try to find a workout buddy that you can take with you to the gym. I love my gym because I can take someone every time I go and many gyms even offer friends and family passes, too. Even if your friend doesn't end up joining your gym or they stop going at a certain point, bringing a friend can help you feel more comfortable in this new and exciting place.
Buy a workout wardrobe you feel great in- I 100% believe that if you feel like you look good, it will shine through in your confidence. That's one of the reasons why I love Rainbeau Curves. I feel like everything I put on from them makes me feel confident. Even if you just start with a couple of pieces of workout gear, make sure you buy at least one outfit that makes you look in the mirror and do a double take because you look that good.
Consider a Personal Trainer- If you're really scared of not knowing how to do certain exercises or work certain machines, hiring a personal trainer can help you get through that portion. Some personal trainers even offer free consultations. Make sure you hire the right personal trainer for you so they will put your mind at ease while also pushing you to push yourself.
Go consistently- Just like with any new place, going there on a consistent basis will help you feel a little bit more like home. Not only is consistency awesome for any fitness routine, but consistency at the gym can help you feel more confident. When the place feels like you belong there because you've gone a lot, you'll walk in the door and not even feel an inch of anxiety.
Understand that your feelings are normal and likely, no one is watching or paying attention to you- Finally, I hope you can remember that there was a time that anyone that is in the gym right now felt exactly the way that you do. Everyone had questions. Everyone wondered if all the people were looking at them. And, everyone felt like a fish out of water. I can promise you though, they're all too busy worrying about themselves and their form and fitness goals to pay attention to the others in the gym.
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