FYI, you're not alone.
A lot of people avoid the gym because of intimidation. There’s just this steady feeling of being judged, being out of place, being unwelcomed, or not meeting the standards. As a newbie, walking your way to the gym can be difficult. But guess what! There are things that you can do to get rid of this fear. If we did it, then there’s no way you can’t do the same.
Here are four ways that can help you overcome your fear:
#1 It's All In the Mind - You're Not Being Judged
The fear of being judged is one of the common reasons why it’s just too hard to sign up for a gym membership. We just can’t help but think about how those regular goers will judge us and not welcome us. They’ll probably think that it’s just a phase and we’ll quit after a few weeks. Or worse, they’ll laugh because we don’t know how to use the lat machine.
Truth be told, the majority of these gym goers actually don’t have the energy to think about other people; they are busy focusing on their own routine. In other words, most of them don't care (unless you wore denim shorts and flip-flops while working out because that’s really something).
Bottom line is, no one's going to judge you. It's all in your mind.
#2 Go With a Plan
The best thing to do about this is to familiarize yourself with the environment and the equipment (how to use them and what are their benefits), and then create a plan. What’s the best way to start your routine? Will you do some liftings before hitting the cable bicep bars? How about running at the treadmill first for some cardio action?
As always, having a plan makes it easier to focus on finishing your goals instead of worrying about what others think about you.
#3 Join a Class or Workout with a Trainer
Joining a class or working out with a trainer is a good option for overcoming fear of the gym. It's easier to adjust and learn if you have someone who teaches you and shares with you tips and all. Not to mention that having proper guidance can also guarantee effective results.
So, apart from getting rid of your gym anxiety, you also get to achieve your fitness goals in no time.
#4 Go with a Friend
Nothing beats the company of a friend.