I thought today I’ll share with you a few tips on how I overcome my fear of the gym.
I know so many of you fear the thought of the gym..don’t worry I was the same.
Basically, a few months back even the thought of walking through the gym made me feel anxious. I thought everyone would be looking at me, everyone would be better at using the machines, everyone would do more reps with higher weights etc. I was afraid people would laugh at me as I was a complete newbie.
If you have similar thoughts let me tell you, you are WRONG! Absolutely no-one will do the above, guys. I have not met a nicer bunch of people than the ones in my gym. I know I am not the best at weightlifting and most certainly cannot run as fast and as long as some others, but I am doing the best for myself by giving my body the chance to sweat and change itself while working out. As I mentioned in a previous post, I struggled hard with my own mind for majority of my life (on and off). Making the decision to overcome a fear that in return will make me love my own body (for the first time ever) was such a hard yet rewarding step in my journey.
By all means, you can set up a gym at home and work out there, but honestly going to the gym makes me much more motivated. I cannot work as hard at home as I would in the gym and for now this is the cheapest option too. Proper gym equipment (and the servicing and upkeep) is not cheap !! I do want to have my own gym at home if and when I move out but that is a different story for a different time 🙂
I have a few tips that I recommend you to try if you find it hard to walk through the door of your gym:
- Headphones. OMG these are still something I carry around with me to every gym sesh. I LOVE music and I have my own style and my own favourites. My gym plays normal hits that you would listen to on the radio. As you may know that is not really my scene so I do love listening to my own music with a much heavier beat when I work out. It also helps me get into the ‘zone’ and forget about everything around me and concentrate solely on my workout. TRUST ME it works wonders… Having your own music comforts your mind and by doing that your body will be at ease and you will slowly start enjoying yourself and loving the gym. I know I did!
- Playlist. This sort of goes with the above. Take time and make yourself an up beat playlist for your workout. A good beat is essential for me when I run for example. (I love listening to Rammstein during my LISS sessions on the treadmill- 1 hour of pure German goodness ) There is nothing worse than taking time out of your workout shuffling the songs on your iPod.. waste of precious time ! DON’T DO IT!
- Have a plan. This may be hard if you are super new to working out. I would recommend starting in your gym and booking an introduction session with one of the PTs.(personal trainers) This usually is free, as they would just walk around and show you how to use the machines, how to operate things etc. I recommend this as the next time you come you will know where things are kept etc and you won’t walk around looking for things. It also allows you to ask some questions from the PT. Don’t be afraid, they are there to help you along, and they will point you to the right direction 🙂 . Trust them they know what they are talking about. It’s not a bad idea to take some classes from a personal trainer and then once you know a few moves etc you can then work out by yourself. HOWEVER not everyone has the spare cash (I was the same) so I just googled and watched youtube for inspiration. Pinterest is also good. BUT BE CAREFUL! I researched most of the workouts and made sure I get the posture right as I did not want to hurt myself. ASK THE PTs.
So yeah, I write up an exercise plan before I go to the gym every single time. It keeps me on track I get everything done and then I come home. I get things done better, faster and more effectively with a plan. (I do have a PT too as I am getting ready for a competition but it is not essential if you can get yourself motivated enough)
- Take pictures. What I mean is take a before picture of yourself in a few angles, and it will keep you motivated. TRUST ME. I love watching my body change. There is absolutely nothing wrong with my ‘before’ picture but it is amazing how your body changes in such a little time. I love it! It also helps you see the changes. You live in your body everyday (obviously) and see yourself daily, but its not the same seeing yourself from above as it is from the point of view of another person. It doesn’t have to be for anyone else, but yourself.
- Friends. I had a few friends that have already started going to the free classes our gym offers before I moved to Ireland so I joined them a few weeks after I moved. The classes were great to get me started on this crazy journey. Most gyms offer the classes so don’t be afraid to ask about them. It is definitely a great way to get your confidence up.
If you don’t already have friends that attend the gym, try and convince a few to tag along with you. The gym is not just for bodybuilders!
Last very important point!! Please DO NOT COMPARE yourself to anyone else, and make sure you do this for your own body. All you can do is try your best and trust me it will be worth it. Don’t punish yourself if you decide to have a cheat week, you can always get back on track. If you really want to achieve something you will be able to. Everyone is different and everyones body is different so concentrate on your goals and you will do great at achieving them.
Thanks for reading (I know it was a bit long).
Comment below your best tips for anyone that struggles with attending the gym.