It’s January, one of the busiest times of year for the fitness industry. With so many new years resolutions to get fit or to loose weight, there is a major influx of gym sign ups. Whilst many get annoyed with the fuller, busier gyms; I salute the gym newbs. You have successfully taken your first steps to a healthier version of you. Congratulations! Unfortunately, the gyms are back to their normal capacity by around March time which sucks even more if you joined a gym with a contract you can’t get out of.
I think this time of year especially, people are much more critical of gym goers which annoys me because we all had to start somewhere. Including me, the girl who used to get anxiety at the thought of going to the gym. The girl who would only work out after hours when the gym was closed because fortunately, that was an option for me. The girl who would sit down and refuse to do anything if there was another person in the gym at the same time. This same girl now runs gym classes. This girl now runs this fitness blog. This girl now takes others to the gym and guides them through their workouts. This girl that can now confidently enter a gym and have a workout no matter what the time or how busy it is.
You can be this girl can be you to – you just gotta be ready to OWN IT!
Don’t get me wrong. This wasn’t an overnight process, it was lots of small actions contributing to a growth in confidence which I am going to share with you.
- New Gym Gear.
Seems like a pretty generic tip, I know but it really does help.I recently wrote a whole post about this and finding your ‘gym style’ which you can find here but to summarise:Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good.
Not everything but something. Even if it is just how to correctly perform one exercise so when you’re doing it, you feel confident doing so. Then learn about something different the following week so you feel confident performing a second exercise and so on. knowledge is power and power helps overcome confidence issues!
- Plan ahead.
Have a couple of workouts saved to your phone so you know what you’re doing. For me, anxiety took over the most when I felt unsure and self-conscious. Say the machine I needed was in use or I forgot what I was supposed to do next, I’d find myself trying to find somewhere appropriate to hide while I tried to figure things and believe me there’s only so many times you can walk around a gym! This feeling of uncertainty then turned to panic then to fear. The best way I found to combat it was to have a couple of workouts written on my phone, a few back up plans.FYI – hiding in the toilets is not an option, I did it once and it just made the whole situation 100 times worse.
- Hire a trainer/get a buddy.
Honestly, in my opinion the best thing you can do to build your confidence at the gym is hire a personal trainer. They will teach you how to perform exercises, build your confidence and also not let you cheat yourself (in the gym anyway). If you don’t want a trainer then the next best thing is a workout partner. There is something comforting about having someone there plus, if you cant think of the next exercise, chances are your buddy will be able to help and if not, at least there will be two of you circling the gym!
- Leave the ‘Can’ts’ at the door
There is no place for this negative, self-destructive attitude in the gym. Fact of the matter is, it’s your mind that gives up long before your body does. Provided you are working sensibly, you’re body will do anything you tell it too (within reason obviously) so what you’re really saying when you want to say I can’t is “THIS IS HAAAARD!” or “I don’t want to”. If you are shouting the latter – I suggest you spend some time thinking about your ‘why’.
aaaaand, for the big finale we saved the best tip until last…
There are also some other useful tips for building confidence and gym newbies under the ‘start here’ tab at the top of the page.
I really want to see you succeed so, have a read, set your goals & if you need any help with it just send me a message.
Good luck & Happy lifting!