If you find that you’re putting off getting started with your workout program because you lack confidence in a gym environment, it’s time to change your thinking. Too often people use the excuse that they aren’t comfortable in a gym because they don’t know how to workout, feel out of place because they’re overweight or they don’t have the toned body they want. Some feel that others will stare or laugh at them due to their lack of knowledge or physical condition. While those may be your excuses, they’re also the reasons you need to workout.
If you’re afraid you can’t do the workout or embarrassed by being too out of shape, start at home.
Some people worry they won’t even be able to do a complete workout at the gym. For those people, starting slowly at home could be the best route to take to give them confidence. You can start slowly by simply ensuring you’re walking at least a half hour a day. As you get stronger, walk faster or longer. You can even break the walking to three sessions that last 10 minutes or more. Try a few bodyweight exercises at home, such as planks or squats.
Just don’t worry about what others think.
I am in the gym continuously and feel that everyone at Iron Fit is non-judgemental. Each person is focused on their own workout and they don’t have time or the inclination of watching anyone else. In fact, if anything, people normally have empathy for the newbie, remembering their days of confusion and discomfort.
If you’re concerned that you don’t know what to do, get help from an expert.
Most people aren’t experts when it comes to exercise. It’s why there are personal trainers. Our personal trainers work with people in smaller groups and help them not only know what exercises to do, but also teach each person proper form, so they get the most from the workout and have the least potential for injury. That’s one reason you get fast results. We never push you past what you can safely do, but do help you reach your goals faster.
- When you workout with a trainer, the trainer assesses your level of fitness and creates a workout that’s directed at your weaknesses, while building on your strengths.
- Workout with a friend. A workout buddy can make all the difference. Not only do you feel more comfortable when you know someone, the workout buddy will keep you accountable for going.
- Dress for the part. You don’t have to go out and buy the latest workout outfit, but make sure you have comfortable clothes that breathe and wick sweat. Having the proper shoes is important. When you look good, you feel more confident.
- When you sign up to workout, check with the employees for the time that will have the least number of people. Working out when the gym is less crowded can help relieve some of the discomfort that comes from lack of confidence.
For more information, contact us today at Iron Fit