5 Tips To Get Over Feeling Intimidated At The Gym

You've got goals, now you need courage! Sometimes the gym can be a scary place. Get beyond feeling intimidated at the gym in 5 easy steps.
07 Mar

Whether you’re a man or a woman, the gym can be a scary place. It can be hard to get beyond feeling intimidated at the gym because of sea fit bodies in their fashion-first gym attire. Coupled with the gym-bullies who appear to feel as if they own the place, it’s amazing any of us normal people can get a workout in at all. Here’s the thing, feeling intimidated at the gym happens, because you allow it to happen. Yup.  I just said that.  

You've got goals, now you need courage! Sometimes the gym can be a scary place. Get beyond feeling intimidated at the gym in 5 easy steps.

You’ve got goals, now you need courage! Sometimes the gym can be a scary place. Get beyond feeling intimidated at the gym in 5 easy steps.

1 // Accept your body.

Confronting your body issues may be tough. The gym’s mirrors and harsh lighting can make you notice things that you haven’t seen before. Sort of like the fitting room at Nordstrom. Nevertheless, it’s important to learn to love your body and all of its flaws where it is today. Your body is changing daily.  Love it daily.

  • Remind yourself that each person’s body is unique and has its own imperfections, but these imperfections help make us the wonderful beings we are. Love your body. It’s part of your awesomeness!
  • Meditating and using self-acceptance affirmations are two techniques that can help you learn to love your body just the way it is.

2 // Ignore the bullies.

Unfortunately, some gyms have resident bullies or know-it-alls who can make you feel terrible. Although gyms are supposed to be for adults, sometimes they are a bit like the playground in elementary school.  Don’t allow it. We want you going back to the gym after your rest day!

  • It’s important to remember that bullies thrive on attention and your reaction. Avoid giving them the satisfaction of knowing that their words have hurt you. Instead, ignore them and rise above their remarks about your slowness on a machine or whatever.
  • However, if the bullying is extreme, then you may need to let the gym management know about it. Safety first!
You've got goals, now you need courage! Sometimes the gym can be a scary place. Get beyond feeling intimidated at the gym in 5 easy steps.

3 // Stop staring at the mirrors.

Most gyms have mirrors on every wall and maybe on the ceiling. It’s easy to get caught up spending too much time looking at yourself. Blinders UP, until the mirrors become the help they are intended to be.

When you catch yourself thinking about the mirrors, deliberately change your focus to envisioning the end results of your hard work. Ignore the mirrors and let the sweat pour as you sculpt your new shape.

4 // Avoid the comparison trap.

If you’re surrounded by people who are firm and fit, it’s easy to feel intimidated. Once again Blinders UP.  Have you ever heard it said, “Compare leads to despair?”  This is true.  You don’t know what someone’s before the story is, so don’t let their today’s results feed feeling intimidated at the gym.

  • Instead of comparing yourself to anyone else, think about your own before and now the story. How far have you come in your life to now be going to the gym and working out? 
  • Focus on your goals. You’ll be able to see the daily improvements that are happening along the way. You’ll value your time at the gym and make time to be there.
You've got goals, now you need courage! Sometimes the gym can be a scary place. Get beyond feeling intimidated at the gym in 5 easy steps.

5 // Speak your mind.

Others may try to give you advice. Take it in stride and assume the best intentions of the giver. Consider what they have to say. If you’re uncomfortable with a certain exercise or gym idea, ask questions to clarify the technique or benefits. Then, decide for yourself if it’s for you. Feel free to share your feelings about these new ideas.

Don’t let feeling intimidated at the gym stop you.   

Bravo to you for creating a plan, getting out there and chasing your goals.  You might actually be the inspiration and motivation for another person at the gym who’s just trying to make it happen one day at a time. Maybe your friendly demeanor will stop them from feeling intimidated at the gym!

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