The gym can be an extremely intimidating place if you’re new to it, especially the free weights area. People fear doing things wrong, looking silly and being judged by other (more experienced) gym goers. This lack of confidence then leads to people either continually doing cardio (as the machinery is easier to figure out) or avoiding the gym and exercise altogether.
Not too long ago I shared these same concerns and would like to share with you guys a few tips which helped me to boost my confidence in the gym:
- Go in with a plan = No matter how much experience you have, going to the gym without a set course of action of what your session will entail can lead to a bad session and confusion. Take a few minutes to write down exactly what you are going to do. Not only does this help to ensure that you use your time in the gym efficiently, but if you have any doubts about anything at this stage you can ask someone or look it up.
- Get yourself a gym buddy = Having someone to workout with can make the gym seem less intimidating. A gym buddy can also help keep you motivated and make you more accountable. If you’re able to get a training partner who has more experience in the gym you also gain to learn from them.
- Personal Training = No matter what stage you’re at in your fitness journey I believe that there is always room for improvement and for the broadening of knowledge. Getting advice and help from a personal trainer (especially if you’re new) can give you the tools necessary to navigate yourself around the gym with confidence.
- Make a playlist that makes you feel like the badass you truly are = Countless studies have shown that music can have a positive impact on our mood. On my way to the gym I always like to listen to music that puts me in a good mood and gets me pumped to smash a workout.
- The opinions of others don’t matter = Unless you’re doing something that could cause you harm or injury what other people think of you is none of your business. I don’t know how many times I’ve said this but most people in the gym, particularly in the free weights area are busy looking at themselves in the mirror. Don’t get put off going to them gym because of what other people will do or say about you. Everybody makes mistakes, there is nothing wrong with being corrected or helped in the gym.
Hope you guys find these tips useful