How to overcome first-time gym fear
First- time gym fear. Going to the gym for the first time can be very overwhelming. First-time gym fear is a real thing a lot of people struggle with! And may even stop you from going in the first place.
You might be scared of the bigger guys out there or the idea that everyone is staring at you. Trying something new is scary, so here are some tips to crush your first-time gym visit!
#1 Get to know your gym
The first thing you have to do is find a gym that you’d like to join. There are probably some different ones in your area. Go by and just have a look, all gyms are different. Try to find one where you feel at home.
Get to know the gym as well, send an email to see if they can give you a tour. Here you can ask all your burning questions. Asking stuff like the busiest days and times can help you to find a nice time to workout!
Maybe you go with a personal trainer. Make sure you feel totally comfortable with your trainer, make it clear what your goals are and try to have a fun time with it!
#2 Have a plan
Whether you train with a personal trainer, your best friend or on your own having a plan is going to help you. This makes sure you are not wondering around for hours not knowing what to do.
When you train with a personal trainer you can assume he has a plan for you. Try to find out if it helps you achieve your goals. When you do it on your own you can get a plan a few different ways.
You can find workouts online, there are million of free workouts out there but they aren’t personalized. When you’re a bit more experienced you can create your own workout program.
Or if you’d like you can hire someone to make it for you! If you’d like you can check out my workout programs here that are cheap and fully personalized!
#3 Go with a friend
Finding a gym buddy is great when you are just starting off. It is not only a lot more fun it is also a little less intimidating. Maybe go with a friend that has been to the gym before or someone that is also a total newbie!
It is even better when your friend has the same goal, for example, weight loss. It is important to know what you are doing nutrition wise as well when you start training.
#4 Bring the stuff you need
Another thing that might hold you back is not knowing what to bring. Some people go the gym with bags full of equipment and stuff but this isn’t necessary. The thing that you need is a towel and a bottle of water.
It is not necessary to bring a protein shake to drink right after your workout, this is a commonly believed misconception.
Don’t get me wrong it is important to consume some protein to make sure your body can recover properly, eating a high protein diet isn’t harmful to your health!
#5 Remember that other people are there for themselves
A thing that holds a lot of people back to go to the gym. The idea that everyone will be staring at you or finds you weird. But remember why you are there.
You are there to work on yourself and to improve yourself. That is the exact reason why the other people are there as well!
Keeping this in mind won’t solve the problem directly but if you go a few times you’ll notice that it isn’t as bad as you think.
#6 Extra information and preparation
The last tip I can give you is to read some stuff on the internet on training and nutrition. This will give you a better understanding of what you are doing and why!
Of course, I can link here all the previous articles that I wrote on training and nutrition (what I will do in a little bit) but I’ll also link to a few posts from other sites to make sure you can choose whatever you want to read!
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