9 Ways to Battle Gym-timidation and Feel Like a Badass
Like walking into the meat market. Butt Naked.
I was 17 years old and recently graduated from high school. I didn't know much about fitness, but getting my behind in gear and adding that little barcode to my stack of keys seemed like a step in the right direction. Of course, step one was easy. My next encounter with the gym would be much scarier. I didn't recognize any faces, the equipment was foreign to me and I couldn't afford to hire a personal trainer. Yikes.
Many years and muscles later, those jitters still creep up from time to time. While some of the more seasoned folks have forgotten what it's like to feel gym-
Practice the exercises at home. This requires a little research, but it's worth it. Find an informative and reputable site and get some insight as far as targeting specific muscle groups, proper form and injury prevention. Personally, not knowing proper body mechanics was the scariest part! Back in the day I didn't have access to all the resources we currently have available. I would just look around for someone who appeared to know what they were doing, then I copy them to a tee. Today, there isn’t any excuse. Fitness has blown up and is in "yo" face all the time. Find it, research it, practice it at and perform it at the gym.
Have a backup plan for your initial action plan. As important as it is to have a thought-out routine for your session, it’s also important to think of an alternative plan. Why? Well, today was going to be chest
Choose the right time of the day to pump it out. Do you remember a time you tried working out at 6pm and found yourself in Meathead-
Play that funky music. And by funky, I mean music that instantly clicks with you and makes you feel energized! I love reggae with all of my heart. There’s nothing I want more in the whole world than to be a soul rebel and watch the 3 little birds outside of my window every single day, but at the gym, that’s not going to cut it. Create a playlist of your favorite upbeat songs and get yourself pumped!
Plan your outfits ahead of time. I don’t know what it is, but separating my little tops and bottoms makes me so happy! It’s one less thing to worry about in the morning and a total time saver. Choose articles that may you feel incredible and stuff you'll happily wear over and over. Anything from a headband to a special pair of sneaks will do the trick. I won't encourage you to go out and spend $500 unless you’re fully committed, but a few inexpensive pieces to start off wouldn’t hurt. Women really do find any excuse, don’t we?
Be friendly. This isn't a stretch for me, but I can understand that for some of you it can be. Do your best to surpass this. As you get to
Bring a wing
Remember, they aren’t looking at you.
Ask for help. If there's one thing you should take from this article, it’s that you shouldn't be afraid to ask for assistance. Read the directions thoroughly if you're not familiar with the equipment you're about to use! If you still don't get it, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Bad form and a sense of ego are a bad combo for someone starting out. One bad movement could lead to days of stiffness, pain, and in some cases, permanent damage. My intention isn't to scare you. I want everyone to have guns and a squat booty. It’s important to be cognizant of the way the equipment works and clarify when necessary. I guarantee that there will ALWAYS be someone willing to lend a helping hand.
Being a newbie or starting back up is hard! Even with proper guidance, the initial period can be frustrating. Especially when you start comparing your progress to those who have been doing it for years. It's not likely that you'll look or feel the way you want to be in just a few weeks. Being consistent and having a good attitude will go a long way. Set personal goals, which are reasonably attainable. Stay focused on achieving these goals and don’t get discouraged by the lofty goals set by others. These tips are geared towards getting your butt up and continuing to do it. Ultimately, your truest motivator should be increasing your quality of life. Keep doing right by your body and in due time, your body will do right by you