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How to Avoid Gym-Timidation

Written By: Kaylie Ricks

Ever dealt with gym-timidation? 😖

Many of our MVP clients have expressed feeling a ton of emotions their first time working out in a commercial gym - overwhelm, fear, anxiety, confusion, and frustration, just to name a few. If you need assistance overcoming it once and for all, this post is for you!

First Identify the “WHY”

Is it a fear of judgment? Get to the root of WHY you feel the way you do about the gym, and then replace those thoughts and beliefs with ones that serve and support you! “I know I’m scared of judgment from others, but what I know to be true is that most people are just like me, and they’re there to focus on themselves. They don’t even care what I’m doing”

Get a tour

Having a gym employee give you the lay of the land can help you feel more comfortable and at ease. Write notes, take pics, or film your tour to reference later! Also, remember most machines are grouped together by body part/movement, so they’re actually not placed on the floor at random.

Have a game plan

Preparedness is KEY! Hash out a plan of action BEFORE you go tackle your workout, so you know exactly what you’ll be doing and exactly what you’ll need to do it.

👉🏼 Not sure what to do or where to start? The best thing you can do is hire a personal trainer or work with a qualified trainer (even if it’s just for 8 weeks) so you can learn good form, get assessed, learn the foundations, and then invest in a custom plan or programming. You shouldn’t have to rely on Pinterest workouts, invent your own, or do the same thing day after day.

Even if you know what to do, it doesn’t hurt to invest in a qualified trainer. We have several trainers we'd love to introduce you to so you can be held accountable and lift heavier in a safer way 💪🏻🔥

Start where you’re at

Even if it's walking on a treadmill for 20 minutes a day! Walking is a great tool for fitness and fat loss. Remember, we all start somewhere (yes, even the ripped gym bros), and you’re not alone in your experience. Joining a group class, going with a friend, and mastering the basics before working out on your own are all ways you can dip your toes in the water.

Never forget: Imperfect action always beats standing still. The more you push through the discomfort, the sooner you’ll be a seasoned gym-goer, and gym-timidation will be a thing of the past!

Do you remember your very first time at the gym? Tell us all about it in the comments!


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