Confidence in the gym...
We’ve all been in the situation where you walk into a gym and are slapped with that feeling of being out of your comfort zone. When you are looking around at everyone getting on with their workouts and wondering how on earth they know what they are doing. At some point, the gym was a new environment for all of us. New faces, new layouts and new equipment as well. We all know how it feels to be a newbie in the weights area - it can feel like it has a huge metaphorical ‘STAY OUT’ sign plastered across it!
I see and hear this a lot from my clients.
The gym should be a welcoming environment. A place that accepts everyone, no matter what fitness experience they have. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? We are all human and will all make mistakes, but that is how we learn. Even as a fitness coach, I make the odd mistake (it’s very rare though), but we must learn from those mistakes to progress. If you don’t recognise a learning curve, you will only see it as a failing point!
When you enter the gym, if that fear or anxiety takes over, remember there will always be gym staff and personal trainers (like me) that are there to help you. From getting you started, all the way to helping you achieve your goals, their job is to support you all the way!
Make sure you communicate and talk to the staff if you are unsure about anything. No question is a bad question, but not asking these can stunt where you want to go. Even talking to other members at the gym can be a good idea. At the very least, you’ll make a new friend - the gym is a social place as much as a physical training environment!
Looking back at the days when I first started as a PT, I cringe a little bit on how I use to be ha-ha! But now with experience I am proud of who I am and what I have learnt along the way! Every day is a learning day.
I understand the gym can be scary and daunting. But you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs, nor can you reach your goals without stepping out of your comfort zone.
My Top Tips:
- Communicate to Gym Staff / PT’s / Other Members - Improve your knowledge with Reading / Research / Online coaching / PT / Online Exercise Videos - Remember you will make mistakes, but you will learn from these to better yourself! - Lastly, don’t be afraid of the gym, it is a community that will care for you and allow you to escape the chaos of life! Over and out, Coach Griggs