For many people the idea of going to the gym is terrifying. We’re unhappy with our bodies, we know our fitness levels aren’t what they should be, and we worry about what other people might think. And it’s just discouraging to run or lift next to a super fit gym bunny, who makes us feel worse than we already do and so we just don’t go.
Of course, there are other ways to work out, (Check it here Workout For Those Who Hate Working Out! ) and you certainly don’t have to go to the gym. But, it is an effective way to get fit and lose weight. At the gym, there are trainers and experts to help and offer advice. There are cardio machines and weights to target every area of your body, and classes to help you get the most out of your sessions. It’s the perfect place for a full body workout and the perfect atmosphere to stay motivated. So, if you would love to hit the gym feeling confident and ready to sweat, here are some tips to help you.
What you wear to the gym is down to you, there’s certainly no uniform. Some people prefer to work out in leggings and a baggy t-shirt. Others like to go all out with the professional activewear. Something from Nike, UnderArmour, etc. could give you a brilliant confidence boost and help you to make the gym more fun. Think about what makes you comfortable and treat yourself to some new items.
Although it won’t affect your performance directly, like any other day, dressing up for an occasion does give you a certain level of confidence which can go a long way. Like it is said “Don’t dress for the occasion. Dress to be the man you want to be”.
Pick Your Time
Some gyms offer beginner sessions or specific quiet times for more nervous users. If yours doesn’t, just ask when it’s quieter. Start by going in when it’s quiet and then branch out when you become more comfortable.
Early mornings or evening is when your gym may be most crowded, causing you to wait (which I hate more than anything) and break rhythm. Which is why I personally prefer going at slightly more off timings.
Take a Look Around
Start going in more and you’ll soon notice that there isn’t a “gym person.” You’ll see older people, younger people, large and small; there’ll be people from all walks of life exercising next to each other. Some will be very fit and healthy whereas others will be taking a stroll on the treadmill. Take a good look at everyone around you, and you’ll soon start to feel more confident.
Find the physique that you want for yourself, and track the respective persons workout patterns and preferences. Looking at others can be just as good a teacher as getting a trainer.
Ask for a Trainer
Most gyms offer a personal trainer service, sometimes this is even included in your membership price, and it’s definitely a brilliant idea for beginners. Even if it’s just one session, it’ll mean that there is someone to show you around and teach you how to use everything. They’ll also give you some advice about what you can do and how to push yourself. This will help you to feel like you know what you are doing and give you some focus moving forward.
If a trainer isn’t an option at least make sure, you have a thorough induction and ask any questions that you might have.
The best way to feel more confident and comfortable with anything is experience. Stick to a regular gym schedule, try classes and use as many of the machines as you can, and you’ll soon feel more at home. Slowly, you can phase out to non-machine workouts to gain raw strength, and that’s just awesome!