'Gymtimidation' is a thing and it's been around way before the coronavirus. This hits mostly fitness beginners who get intimidated and confused by their first time at the gym.
Gyms are loud, big, packed with sweaty ripped and toned bodies as well as selfie lovers. If you've been to a gym, you might have the feeling that everyone knows what they're doing. They seem to master the equipment and workout routines without thinking twice. If you're not part of the herd, any of these things can be so intimidating.
But we're here to help you conquer any fear or anxiety, if this is your first time going to the gym, or if you're returning to your fitness routine after the lockdown, here are some ways to overcome gym intimidation.
If you're a newbie or fitness enthusiast who stayed out of the gym during the pandemic, you might feel anxious and even afraid to be judged by others.
The first step here is to recognize whatever you're feeling and embrace it. Don't be too harsh with yourself because you're feeling this way; it's incredibly normal to feel this way.
If you don't feel comfortable going to the gym by yourself, why not invite a friend? Whether it's your partner, flatmate, a good friend. Bringing someone else, you add the whole element of fun, relaxation, and motivation to your workout.
The gym does have a lack of diversity as it can be a predominantly masculine environment. Fortunately, there are many gyms paying attention to this issue and trying to bring more diversity to the fitness world. If you're searching for a safer space to work out, look for gyms that are welcoming and that embrace inclusivity.
This one is maybe the most critical aspect of all. Before any thought or feeling of judgment pops up in your head, try to remember this: you're working out for yourself, not for others. How people will perceive your level of fitness or fitness knowledge is irrelevant and non of their business.
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