When I go to the gym, I feel it's a safe place for me to escape. Inside the walls of the gym, I can leave all my life stressors on the outside, and it's just me vs me. But for others, the gym is a place riddled with anxiety and uncertainty. Fluttering thoughts of "am I doing this right?" or "why are they looking at me?" or "where do I even begin?" Those feelings are what I describe to clients as gymtimidation.
If you are new to working out and feel there's rising anxiety when heading to the gym there are a couple ways to combat this gymtimidation:
1.) Go to the gym with a plan
Take a couple minutes either in the gym front area, or in your car, or at your house to write down your plan. My favorite college professor said to me once "when you fail to plan your plan will fail."
There's the platitude, "misery loves company." Well, so does anxiety! Strength is in numbers and when you feel like you need to get a workout in but are hesitant to head to the gym because you feel you don't belong there, bring a buddy to help relax you!
The new girl's night out is working out!
3.) Attend group exercise classes
Being told what to do by a group exercise instructor is easier than figuring out what to do on your own.
Group exercise instructors pre-plan workouts to be completed by people of various fitness levels. If there are exercises you cannot do, a group instructor is there to help you. However, not all group instructors are created equally, so try a few classes out and find an instructor who challenges you both mentally and physically, motivates you, and is willing to correct you and others when form is compromised.
How do you know what classes are the best? Ask the front desk at the gym for the most popular classes. Also don't be afraid to try several out because which ever class has you returning back is the best class for you and your fitness goals
If you're located in Navarre, Fort Walton Beach, Gulf Breeze, Niceville, Crestview, Holley, Destin or are coming down to visit, check out the RedefiningFIT classes at Fortis Fitness Studio.
As of late, those are the group classes I've been taking and they're catered to varying fitness levels. Plus the class sizes cap at 10 people so it's very personable.
4.) Hire a personal trainer
If you're truly brand spanking new to the fitness arena the gym can be really scary! But that's what personal trainers are for! To teach you how to properly use the equipment and create workouts that will challenge your body to help you reach your goal. But be sure to interview your personal trainer first, because you want to make sure your personal trainer is qualified to lead you toward your individual goals.
If you're located in Navarre, Fort Walton Beach, Gulf Breeze, Niceville, Crestview, Holley, Destin area I do in-person personal training out of Fortis Fitness Studio
5.) Sign up for online personal training
Personal training is expensive, and if you feel it's out of your price range, look to do online personal training.
There are pros & cons to this though: The big benefit is it's more affordable than in-person training. And you can get various workouts per week to do on your own.
The negative to online training is you don't have a person right there cheering you on and correcting your form. It's much more self-monitoring in comparison to in-person training.
You can get a free week of online personal training from me to see if you enjoy it. I use a specialized application that's free to download for both iOS and Android.