Squash Your Excuses To Skip The Gym! 4 Strategies That Get RESULTS
squash Your excuses to skip the gym! 4 Strategies that get RESULTS
Taking the plunge and finally deciding to go to the gym can be enough to send your anxiety into overdrive. It can be intimidating to train beside other people who seem to have it all together. You find yourself wondering things like, “What if they think I don’t know what I’m doing? What if I look foolish? What if I don’t remember how to use the equipment?”
I understand how you feel. We’re all “newbies” at some point, but being the new kid on the block shouldn’t stop you from chasing your goals. Besides, the opinions of others should never stand in the way of your health.
With time and practice, you can move past making excuses to skip the gym because you feel uncomfortable to owning your space and crushing your workouts without a second thought. In the meantime, keep reading for 4 strategies you can use to build your confidence in the gym.
1. Study, Study, Study
Study your workout the night before to know exactly which equipment you’ll need, as well as the sets and reps you plan to complete. Research the layout of the gym and where everything is located. If you aren’t sure of the movement, look it up online to familiarize yourself or ask your coach before your workout.
2. Avoid Primetime (like the plague!)
Do your best to work out during your gym’s slow period. Fewer people means more free equipment and fewer potential eyes on you. Practice owning your area and familiarizing yourself with your workout until things feel like second nature.
3. Go Incognito
Throw on a baseball cap and headphones while you work out. There’s something about partially shielding your eyes with a hat and drowning out ambient noise that makes you feel “invisible”. Turn up your favorite music, tune out the world around you, and focus on what you want to accomplish.
4. Ease Into Your Groove
Now that you’re comfortable with your gym when it’s less populated, now’s a good time to try out some busier gym times if it’s more convenient for you. If the equipment you need is occupied, ask to work in. I know it can be unnerving, but stretch a bit out of your comfort zone and give it a try. Play the role of the confident person you want to be until it becomes real.
You’ve Got This!
Remember, the opinions of complete strangers are of no consequence to you or your life. You’re at the gym to improve yourself, not impress others. Most gym-goers will give you your space and not even think twice about what you’re doing. If anything they’ll admire the fact that you’re there taking care of business just like they are. Now get to the gym and get after it!