Intimidation at the gym: it is something that is so common now that there is actually a word for it- “Gymidation”. You see all these really fit and attractive people working out around you at the gym, they go in so focused and determined, they know exactly what they’re doing. While you feel frumpy and a mess and wander around, not really knowing where to get started. Like most people, I felt that way too. But let me tell you, you don’t have to feel like that. It does get better. If you feel gymidation whenever you try to workout, then read on to see how to let go of that intimidation and become confident in the gym.
I’ve been going to the gym regularly for 3 months now and at first I definitely felt intimidated. I thought that maybe people were judging me and thinking to themselves that I was doing everything wrong. I felt like I looked ridiculous at times with what I wore or with my gut all obvious and clear for people to see. I felt like a mess. But I accepted that. I knew that I looked like a hot mess. That’s exactly why I was going to the gym in the first place, to improve my appearance and to work on the things that I was self conscious about.
At times I did feel embarrassed but I just pressed on. And ultimately, that is my advice for you too. Keep going to the gym and keep working out hard even if you feel like a mess because you know what? That’s the only way you’ll see any results. That way of thinking is exactly what helped me to continue. I knew that I might look silly right now but in time I’d soon feel better about myself.
Change is not going to happen by you staying in your comfort zone, curled up at home under a blanket, eating ice cream (which is one of my favorite things to do). You need to push pass your little bubble of comfort because doing the same thing is only going to give you the same results. But if you’re serious about making a change and seeing a difference, then you’re going to have to try some new things (like going to the gym). And it doesn’t have to be hard at all. You don’t have to hit the gym 6+ times a week. I only go to the gym 3 times a week and I have seen amazing results just in the short time that I’ve been going.
Don’t worry about other people at the gym. Focus on you, your workout, and why you’re there in the first place. Keep clear in mind your goals and where you’d like to see yourself a few months down the road. It’s only by sticking to the process that you’ll see the results you want. Don’t cheat yourself from reaching your goals just because you’re scared of what other people may be thinking. Whether they are thinking negatively about you or not doesn’t really matter. They can think what they want but it won’t affect you. And if they are, then just let that be added motivation to prove to them, and to yourself, that you can do anything you set your mind to.
I really hope this article has helped you guys. For so long, I wasn’t reaching the goals that I wanted for myself because of fear. I don’t want you guys to be like that though. I am so happy that I am finally taking control of my life and putting in the action that’s necessary to reach my goals. I don’t want fear to hold you back from being the happiest person that you can be. Now that I’m going to the gym regularly, I feel so good both inside and out. Working out is so therapeutic for me, especially if I’ve had a rough day. And those endorphins make you feel so good and bursting with energy for hours afterwards. Plus, I’m gaining confidence with the more I sculpt my body. I want you guys to be able to enjoy those benefits too.
So may you be fearless on your fitness endeavors and keep pressing forward 🙂