GYM 101: Getting Comfortable in the Gym, Part 4

In case you have missed them so far, here are the previous posts in this series…

Find a Good Workout Plan

Learn the Etiquette of the Gym

Don’t Worry About Other People

Today we are going to talk about making yourself comfortable.  If you feel self-conscience or uncomfortable, the transition into the gym is going to be horrible.  So, make a point to make yourself comfortable before you even enter that elusive place.

The first thing you should do is wear clothes that make you comfortable.  Don’t wear anything that makes you feel self-conscience.  Not ready to wear those tight capris and tank top?  That’s okay.  Wear running shorts and a t shirt.  But, please don’t settle for a frumpy sweatsuit. You also want to feel pretty and confident.  You are doing something awesome!  Love yourself enough to wear nice workout clothes.

Bring your favorite music.  It is a proven fact that music will improve your performance in the gym or sports.  So, load up your favorite tunes on your mp3 player or tune into your favorite station on Pandora.  Plug in your earphones and turn off the rest of the world.  Spend an hour focusing on you and your goals.

If you don’t like crowds or you are still intimidated by the gym then plan to go in during non-peak hours.  I know that I prefer working out during the non-peak hours because I don’t like having to wait or fight others for those favorite pieces of equipment. It seems, from my experience, the evenings after 5 pm are going to be pretty busy with the post-work crowd.  Early morning can be busy with the pre-work people.  At my gym, it is very busy between 9 am and 12 pm due to classes and when the childcare room is open.  If I want a very quiet gym I would go after 12 but that is extremely rare because I have to use the childcare room too. Figure out the daily rhythm of your gym and plan accordingly.

Bring a buddy.  If you are really nervous consider bringing a friend with you.  There is power in numbers, right?  Bring a friend who wants to learn about the gym too so that you can learn together.  That way you don’t feel like the only person in there who is so new.  You also have someone to joke with and have fun with.

Finally, give yourself GRACE!  Everyone is the newbie at some point in their fitness journey.  Everyone felt intimidated.  Everyone felt nervous.  Everyone was completely lost on what to do and when.  It is okay. Give yourself grace and time to learn.  Change does not happen overnight.  Educate yourself and get in there.

What do you think would ease the transition into the weight room easier for you?  Leave a comment.  I’d love to hear.

 

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GYM 101: Getting Comfortable in the Gym, Part 4

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