Sunday, 22 January 2017


Let's talk gymtimidation!  Yes it's a thing and something that prevents many people from exercising which all falls down to one thing... the fear of being judged.

I get it!  When you aren't at your goal watching people smashing it and lifting twice their body weight can be a little scary and demotivating but by no means should it put you off from hitting the gym. Life's not a competition but you never want to feel like the weakest link in the room.  We all have a perception in our heads as to how others see us, am I too skinny, too fat, too strong, too weak, not fast enough?  However, you can't let these fears stop you from trying new things, if we did then life would be pretty boring.  We've all been that person at one point in our lives that feels like the new kid on the block and I like you found the gym an intimidating place to begin with but facing your fears helps diminish them. The super fit are there because they ignore everyone else and are there for themselves.

I for sure have done some pretty embarrassing things in my time.  I think my number one has to be hitting myself in the face with a 10kg weight... yes that happened and would only happen to me but I hope it's made you feel better.

The point I'm trying to make is that embarrassing things can happen to everyone, whether you've been going to the gym for one week or five years but you've just got to laugh it off and act like it never happened.

So to help you feel more comfortable and at home in the gym I thought I'd share with you my top tips.

We live in a society where we all care too much about what other people think of us when really we shouldn't care at all.
Everyone has to start somewhere and everyone is self improving.  Caring about what other people think shouldn't stop you.  I can guarantee that most people in the gym aren't even aware of what's going on around them and are probably concentrating on their own insecurities rather than yours.

If you've never stepped into the gym before and don't know where to start don't be afraid to ask for help.  That's what the gym staff are there for and they will be able to show you how to use the machines and equipment correctly to prevent causing an injury.  Most gyms offer an introductory training program which if new you should snap up.  Having a program to work through each time you visit the gym will prevent you from wandering around aimlessly looking clueless.

Training with a friend will give you that little extra support and means you can discuss the gym talent together.  However, you want to train with someone who is just as motivated as you are and who will give you that little nudge when you need it. Choosing a buddy who's going to distract you by chatting will only hold you back from achieving your goals.

In an ideal world we would all have a personal trainer who would kick our ass into shape! Although they can be expensive, they are worth the investment and with their knowledge and support are a great way at helping you achieve your goals.  Click here to check out my top tips for helping you choose the right one.

Popping in your headphones and listening to a motivating playlist will help you switch off from what's going on around you and will help you relax.  Being in your own little zone will help drown out any distractions going on around you so you can just get on with your workout!

So many people are in the same boat as you and have this fear but once you start going regularly you may even start to enjoy it!  Don't let this small fear stop you from achieving your fitness goals this year and turn your I can't into I can!


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