Trying a new group fitness class or going to the gym for the first time can be really intimidating. Today I want to go over a few ways to overcome gym anxiety that should help you feel more comfortable.
Visit the gym before signing up
Take the time to walk through your new gym before signing up for a membership. Most gym employees will offer to take you around the gym floor, but if they don’t – ask for a tour. Get the lay of the land in this initial gym tour so you can feel confident finding the equipment you need during your first workout. Find out where all the machines are and ask what they are used for if you do not know. Scope out the locker rooms and verify if you need a lock to store your things. Now that you know how to get around, you don’t have to worry about getting lost on your first day.
Make a pump-up playlist
Create a workout mix on Spotify, and press play before you walk into the gym. Your favorite song pumping in your ears will give you a major confidence lift. Keep those headphones in the whole time you’re there. Listening to something will take you to another world while you kill your workout.
Go during non-busy hours
This may be tricky depending on your job and social life, but hitting the gym when there are fewer people around will make the transition easier. With fewer people around, you won’t have to wait for cardio equipment and weights. Going at a slower time will also make it easier to ask the staff any questions you might have. Most gyms are busy mid-morning (between 8 and 11am) and early evening (4 to 7pm). Depending on where you live, the morning rush may start earlier and/or the evening rush may start later. Go at a few different times to see what works best for you.
What vibe are you giving off?
My go-to gym look is: dark leggings, dark sweatshirt, Nike frees, and a ‘leave me alone’ look in my eyes. No one bothers me at the gym, and I feel comfortable doing just about any workout in this outfit. Make sure your gym outfit makes you feel comfortable, is easy to move in and gives off the vibe you wish to spread.
Still too much? Workout at home
If the gym isn’t for you, you can always workout at home. Sign up for one of my MFit home workout plans, and I’ll be your virtual trainer. You may need to shop the MFit Amazon Store for some at-home workout essentials (dumbbells and mini bands), but after that you are all set! All of my workouts are apartment-friendly and easy to follow.