Some people do not like going to gym because they are shy to work out with other strangers. Because of that thought, some decided not to sign up any gym membership. I have spoken to many new comers and some of them had the same issue too before they fall in love with gym workouts. They have managed to overcome that feeling and now having good time there.
If shyness is your excuse too, here you go for 7 tips which may help you overcoming that feeling:
- You see strangers at the gym. They may not talk to you. They may stare at you. No worry. Just focus on what you need to do. There is no rule that you have to interact with them. Put on your headphones. Don’t worry about others. If you are doing bicep curls, you can close your eyes, feel the tension at your muscles and forget about how others look at you. You are at the gym because of yourself, not because of them.
- Most gyms offer new member orientation, either in the form of the so called “free personal training” session or more formal type of walk through. Don’t skip it. Make the appointment and attend it. Talk to the staffs and befriend with them. Who knows, they may give you much help when you need one.
- Go to gym with your friend who have gym workout experience. Get someone who share the similar fitness goal with you. You will find it easier to work out with a supporting buddy.
- Another option is to choose less busy hours, say in the mid afternoon or late at night. Most gyms are packed with crowd early morning and after work.
- If working out in open space is your concern, you can go to a smaller gym. Some gyms even have ladies workout area. I understand this concern because some gym purposely makes fitness studio or gym lined up with windows so that by passers can see what happening inside. This “transparency” may make beginners uncomfortable.
- Set your expectation right. When you join, don’t expect yourself to have bodies like those seasoned gym goers. Beautiful people with perfect bodies at gym may backfire. They probably have spent months, if not years, to train to get those nicely toned bodies. Some newcomers are motivated by them, but few may be intimidated by those members. Everyone starts off as beginner initially. You will be one too if you train hard enough for some time.
- If you still find it hard to go to gym, explore some other alternatives such as non-profit community sporting clubs, women-only clubs or 1-to-1 personal training studios. Worse, join other sports activities which you are more comfortable and slowly build up your confidence.
No worry, many options are available out there. You should not give up exercising just because you are shy. I have been there, done there and I hope you will be able to do the same.
If you are new to gym, check out the following helpful articles:
- A Must Read Guide For First Time Gym Goer
- Top 10 Tips To Choose A Good Gym
- Don’t Sign Your Gym Contract Before You Read This
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