How to Overcome Fear and Intimidation of going to the Gym

Trust me when I say that when I first started my fitness journey I had no idea what I was doing and didn’t know how to train. I just knew I loved being in the gym and loved seeing the changes in body. I did not know how to use any of the machines and yes, of course, I was worried about other people around me. Trust me when I say, baby it’s a process. So how do you overcome that fear and intimidation of going to the gym? Here are some tips to help boost your confidence and overcome that fear.

  1. When I first started working out I didn’t know how to do many exercises or the names of the exercises. One thing that I did that allowed me to learn each exercise and remember them I would print off pictures of the exercise and what the equipment looked like with instructions on how to perform the exercise and I would bring them to the gym with me. Familiarize yourself with the gym and the equipment. You can also search for workouts online (Bodybuilding.com is an awesome website with access to tons of different workouts and “How to” videos) take screen shots of how to perform the exercise and have them ready to go with you to the gym. Don’t just go through the motions. Find a training program that you not only enjoy but is challenging as well. Have fun with it!
  2. What if people are staring? The truth is, people who are in the gym are there to better themselves, work hard and get things done. Honestly, most of the time when you think people are staring at you it’s because you are looking at them. People stare for many reasons, it could be there admiring your efforts or they want to see your workouts so they can try it too. I too have made the mistake of thinking people were looking at me what helped me overcome this is staying focused on my goal of why I am in the gym, what I’m there to accomplish and not to worry on everything else going on around me. More importantly don’t compare your body to someone else’s. We are all built in unique ways and our bodies lose fat and gain muscle in different ways. What works for one person may not work for another person. Find what works for you.
  3. Wear something you feel comfortable and confident in. How we look affects how we feel. When you look great you feel great. You don’t have to get dressed up to go to the gym but wear something that YOU feel comfortable and relaxed in. You don’t have to wait until you lose weight to buy yourself some nice workout clothes. Some nice flattering brands that I love are Bombshell SportsWear, Lululemon & Alo Yoga. You can look sexy and amazing in your own beautiful way.
  4. Music! There is nothing more motivating than a killer playlist. I highly encourage you to make a playlist of ALL your favorite songs and play them on your way to the gym it will really pump you up. There are actually studies that show listening to faster, upbeat music motivates you to work out harder.
  5. Explore your workout comfort zone. Go to the gym in your own time and when you feel the most energized and motivated. I typically like to go to the gym during the day because that’s when I feel the most motivated. Bring a friend! Exercise is always more fun with friends and can distract you from any fears or discomfort you may have. It’s not a sprint it’s a marathon! If there is one thing we should stop this year it’s “quick fixes” let’s all start thinking long term health and happiness. Developing new habits doesn’t happen over-night, it takes time and consistent effort for success.

We all struggle but must give it your best! Push today and even if you can’t do it today…Try tomorrow. I personally love to eat several meals throughout the day instead of 3 or 4 big meals. I feel more energized this way and it works well for my body/goals. No matter how busy I am my nutrition stays consistent with meal prepping it’s the best thing since sliced bread. With the right nutrition and supplementation your body can do amazing things. It’s not about working hard and eating what you want, it’s about balance, making healthy choices and training smart. Don’t beat yourself up and please don’t obsess…listen to your body. (This is one thing I wish I would have paid more attention to when I first started my fitness journey) Going into the weekend, have a plan. Plan and sort out your meals and workouts for the next week ahead, allow yourself a sweet treat here and there if you want one not the whole family size bar. I want you to be SUPER motivated this weekend and get that one thing you’ve been putting off done. I really hope these tips help! Need help getting on track with your fitness goals? I am someone who will encourage, motivate, and push you! Feel free to email with questions at SADALAVELLE@GMAIL.COM or head over to my website for 30% off your FIRST fitness program with me https://sadalavelle.com/fitness-programs/