How to deal with gym intimidation
For some, going to the gym can be an intimidating process, they lack confidence or are
fearful that they won’t have an effective workout. For others, it can be even worse, where they can’t even go into the gym and this is often referred to as the spotlight effect. Where, in short, individuals overestimate how much attention they will, or are going to receive, causing them to worry. While there are many ways or potential solutions to overcome gym intimidation, we’ve put together some top pointers to help you get the most out of your gym experience.
People focus on themselves
The first thing to address is your mindset. When you first go into a gym, there is nothing wrong with finding a new environment daunting, it usually is for most people. However, it is important to understand in the gym, the only other people there are focusing on their own workouts. Similarly, don’t be too hard on yourself, remember that everyone in the gym started somewhere, so don’t be discouraged. Just remember that you have nothing to prove to anyone but yourself.
Focus on yourself
There are many ways to distract yourself from your surroundings and help maintain your focus. One way is to get a personal trainer, as this builds confidence. If, for example, you are unsure how to use a machine they’ll show you how; personal trainers are professional, patient and determined to get the best out of you. Focusing on your trainer and what you are doing in your immediate surroundings, means that your other surroundings will matter a lot less.
Listen to music
Music can be a great way to distract yourself as well as help you focus on your own workout. It has been known that listening to music while exercising can increase your physical performance. So, focus on the beat, and you’ll be less concerned about others around you; having a dedicated playlist of music will also help to motivate or pump you up! Music is beneficial for many reasons, even helping to push you to do that one extra rep, the one which arguably matters the most!
New equipment that perhaps you have never used before can be scary and often extremely puzzling, even with a set of instructions. But this needn’t be another reason to be intimidated, as this has happened to everyone at some point. The simplest solution is to just ask for help, ask the staff, the personal trainers – it’s one of the reasons gyms have them around. Not asking for help when you are unsure can easily lead to injuries, so when in doubt, just ask for help.
The gym can be daunting, for many reasons, but it is important to remember that other people there aren’t focused on you and are more worried/focused on themselves. What’s more, creating a distraction, be it with a personal trainer, music, or simply being confident with the machines, are a few of the ways to make the gym that little bit less daunting – helping you beat that gym intimidation.