Let’s me be honest, going to the gym can be SUPER intimidating. Sometimes I walk in and I can’t believe all of the buff and fit people who are in there. I then look down and think, what am I doing here? Clearly my confidence is down and I’m not feeling too good. I used to let this attitude get to me and I would really end up getting back in my car and go home. Why? Because I felt too intimidated to get myself healthy. That’s when it hit me: why am I caring so much about what these people think, even though we’re going to the gym with the same purpose? So I’ve put together these five ways to feel confident at the gym because they’ve helped me feel good about going.
Have a plan
Knowing what you’re going to do at the gym takes away the awkward walking around the machines and trying to figure out what to do when you get there. Have an idea of what you’d like to work on. If you want to do some cardio, go in with the idea of getting on the treadmill or bike. If you want to do weights, look to see if there’s a class, find a good workout on Pinterest or download a fitness app that you can use.
Listen to some great tunes
Sometimes if I’m feeling extra self-conscious about going to the gym, I walk in with my headphones on. That way I’m already in the headspace that I want to exercise. I love my workout playlist, which I’ve shared on here recently and really helps with getting me pumped (honestly, I can’t believe I just wrote that, but I did).
Go at your own pace
I’ve noticed that sometimes when I’m on the treadmill, I get a bit intimidated by the people practically sprinting next to me. Now I am not a runner at all. I think that the only time I will ever run is if I’m being chased, and even then it depends on what I’m being chased by. That’s why it’s important to go at your own pace. The only person who is going to benefit from the exercise is you, so you should feel comfortable doing what you’re doing. You don’t want to end up getting hurt.
Try out a class or two
I LOVE classes. It’s so fun trying new classes out, or an old favorite. I really recommend doing this because you won’t be the only person going in there alone. You never know who you’ll meet! You may make a new friend or two while you’re in there. There are plenty of classes to choose from, so you’ll find something that fits what you like. This can also help you create a routine, like if your class is always on Tuesday at 7pm, then you know that you’ll be heading to the gym on that day and time every week.
Head over at quieter times
Now not everyone’s schedule allows them to have a flexible exercise schedule. But, if you do, try going at your gym’s downtimes. That way there won’t be as many people there working out around you. You can walk around more freely and have more time to be on certain machines. What’s most important is that you’re feeling confident and comfortable because your health and happiness comes first.