By: Sarah Gerbig
Do you find the gym a little intimidating or even frightening? To be fair, a building full of strange machines and overly-buff dudes, is not exactly an inviting environment. But with a little bit of pump-up music and these tips, soon you'll be able to confidently strut to the gym like a regular!
Here are 6 Ways to Boost Your Confidence at the Gym
1. Wear workout clothes that make you feel good
Go ahead! Wear your favourite neon colours or funky prints, and pull out those yoga pants that make your booty look ah-mazzz-ing. If you have to, treat yourself to a brand new outfit; your happiness is worth it! By wearing something that you love and feel good in, you will be able to feel more confident no matter what you're doing.
2. Pick the right gym for you
With the fitness industry on the rise, there are gyms popping up everywhere. When picking a gym, consider the convenience of the location, the qualifications of the staff, the hours of operation (some gyms are open 24/7), and the type of clientele. Don't forget the amenities either; some gyms have free exercise classes, saunas, pools and more. Every gym is different so make sure you pick a gym that best fits your lifestyle.
3. Get a gym introduction
When signing up for a gym, the staff will most likely give you a tour and describe all of the exclusives they have to offer. Ensure that you get a hands-on tour from one of the trainers so that you can learn how to use all of the equipment in the facility. If you know what you're doing, you'll be more confident and avoid what could be an awkward situation.
4. Find a workout buddy
All new things can seem scary if you try to do them alone. Ask a friend or family member to start going to the gym with you. Not only will you be more willing to commit to a gym, but you will also have extra support and motivation from the start. It's really a win-win situation.
5. Personal trainers are great
Getting a personal trainer is like having the best gym buddy of all time (but at a cost). Personal trainers can help you start at the gym and lead you down the road to fitness with personalized exercise routines. Plus, they will help you achieve your goals, stay motivated and obtain the results you desire. And once you're done with the personal trainer, you will be more equipped to work out by yourself.
6. Picking your workout time is key
If you find yourself having gym anxiety, I would avoid going to the gym during prime hours. The best time to go to the gym would be when during mid-afternoons and later at night because there aren't as many people around. Exercising will be a lot more comfortable if others aren't getting in your way.
At the end of the day, everyone goes to the gym to focus on their workouts, and you should do the same. Don't worry if people are looking your way, simply focus on your body and your own workout. If all else fails, just turn up your music and block the haters out.