Ask most people to picture a gym and they will imagine rows of toned and tanned super skinny men and women clocking up the miles on the treadmill or lifting weights. A lot of people, especially women, feel like they will stick out in gym and so avoid joining. However, this isn’t a realistic picture of what to expect. Most gyms are welcoming, friendly and full of ordinary people who just want to get into shape. It can be very daunting going in to the gym for the first time and you can feel extremely self-conscious. So, if you are worried about not fitting in at the gym, then this post is for you.
Join a ladies only gym
Joining a ladies only gym will immediately take away the fear that some women feel. We all want to be seen at our best and for some, the thought of the opposite being able to see you exercising is very scary. A ladies only gym will be full of women like you, who want to get in to shape in their own space and time.
Attend your induction
Many people choose not to bother when it comes to attending a gym induction. However, if you are new to the gym and a little nervous then they are very helpful. An instructor will show you how to use all of the gym equipment and give you a comprehensive tour of the facilities. It is usually only the new and unfamiliar that we are afraid of and an induction will help you to familiarize yourself with the gym floor. Knowing where to go and how to use the equipment properly will help you approach your first session with confidence.
Take the right gear
So many ladies make the mistake of buying gym gear that they think is fashionable and acceptable. Then they end up wearing ill-fitting and uncomfortable clothes that make them feel more self-conscious than ever. Ladies wear all sorts of things when they are working out and there is no set rule. Some like baggy t-shirts and some like vest tops. Just be comfortable in what you decide to wear. When you are trying something on in the changing room try sitting in it, bending in it and raising your arms in it as these are some of the motions you will go through during a work-out. It is not only about finding the right clothing but finding a good drinks bottle, towel ad bag. Having the right gear will really help you beat your gym fears.
These are just a few simple tips for helping you overcome your gym anxieties. As you get used to going to gym and when start seeing results you will find that your confidence just grows and grows!
About Vicky: Vicky works with a gym in Cheltenham and really likes to see people achieve their goals and grow in body confidence.