Have you ever given the gym a miss because you felt anxious or scared you’d be judged? You’re not alone. Gymtimidation is real. Here’s how to overcome it. Worrying about working out is common. Nearly 65% of women of 1,000 US admitted to avoiding the gym due to anxiety or fear of judgement, compared to 36.1% of men.
Feeling unattractive, awkward, unfit and inexperienced can all stop people from showing up before they even start.
You might blame yourself for feeling this way. You might feel weak for staying as far away from those squat racks as is physically possible. You might feel like a failure for not trying hard enough. So you stay in bed. Skip the gym. Stay in your comfort zone.
At Raw Gym, we want to make you enjoy the gym and get that healthy feeling bank. If other gyms or certain activities haven’t worked in the past for you, we want to change that with a community to help you thrive, a lifestyle to fit your aspirations and a place to get the most out of life. Here are three ways to overcome any gym jitters and start enjoying your fitness journey…
Get a proper gym induction Every quality club should give you a proper induction on your first day. If they don’t, ask for one. Lots of workout equipment comes with instructions, but a proper demonstration can help you feel more confident and prevent any chances of injuring yourself. Your induction is also a good way to familiarise yourself with the building and the team. If you’re worried about not knowing anyone, now you have at least one person to say hi to – a friendly Raw gym team member. Remember at Raw we offer 12 weeks of FREE one to one training with Raw team members to help get you started.
Reframe your perspective – Attitude is Everything You go to the gym for you. If your gymtimidation stems from feeling like people are judging you, then it’s down to you to reframe that headspace. The truth is, most people are probably feeling just as self-conscious as you are, whether you’re old or young, skinny or heavy, male or female. Instead, be part of creating a welcoming club environment for everyone. Help out newbies. Don’t comment on people’s bodies. If someone makes eye contact, smile. If someone is looking at a machine like it’s just dropped from outer space, ask them if they need a hand. Your very presence in a gym helps reduce the gymtimidation such a high proportion of people are feeling.
Team upYou’ve probably heard how important workout buddies are to your progress. First of all, they give you accountability – you’re less likely to flake out if it means cancelling on a friend. But it’s not the only reason that going to the gym with a friend is positive – it can also help beat gymtimidation. When you turn up with someone in the same boat, you can keep things light, have fun and feel less self-conscious than when you’re alone. If you don’t have any friends up for buddying-up, see if anyone in your club’s classes want to make gym sessions a regular thing. Also we offer our loyal members a one month complementary pass for a friend of family member to help them and you get started.
The right gym can and should be a comfort zone. A gym like Raw can be your home-away-from-home – somewhere you want to hang out long after your Fitness class has ended. Somewhere you don’t need a game plan in tow before you show up. Somewhere you’re surrounded by extraordinary people, just like you, who believe life should be enjoyed to its fullest. Somewhere to thrive. A Raw gym near you and discover what makes us different.