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How to brave the weights room

How to brave the weights room

Want to crack on in the weights room but suffering from gymtimidation? You’re not the only one. Don’t let gym anxiety get to you. Learn how to empower yourself and start reaping all the benefits of weight training.

Here are our 5 top tips to help you strut your stuff on the weights floor without giving a monkey's what anyone thinks.


Have a rough idea of the exercises you want to do, including reps and sets. This will help you head confidently to the right machines and avoid anxious dawdling. Not sure what exercises to do? YouTube have plenty of videos to help you structure a workout.


Don some headphones before you enter the weights room. Nothing boosts confidence more than a great playlist. The music will help you zone out any nagging doubts. Plus, music has been proven to boost your performance and postpone fatigue.  Whether you like RnB, death metal or classical, if it’s your thing, put it on!


Trying new things is always easier with someone to support you. In fact, there’s a whole load of benefits to taking a workout buddy. You can experiment with different machines, motivate each other and generally have more fun.  


Go when it’s quiet. Off-peak times (usually after people start work, mid-afternoon or late evenings) means less people to feel intimidated by. And more time to explore the machines. It might even be cheaper too.


Get yourself in the mindset to Hussle. Get the attitude to Hussle. Get in the testosterzone. Now you're halfway there. Who cares what anyone else thinks? Most people in the gym are too focused on their own performance to bother watching you.

Focus on why you’re in the gym. Focus on why you Hussle. Focus on that post-Hussle beer. Focus on that post-Hussle feeling of greatness. 

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Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.