You’ve decided to tone up, trim down and get fitter. Good plan. So you look up your nearest Hussle session. Great plan.
Looks good – but what are those machines? What are those classes? All of a sudden you don’t feel so keen. Even less so if you are worried about looking the part.
There’s a word for it: ‘gymtimidation’. It’s the feeling you get when you see the super-fit cranking out the reps and sets (what does that even mean?) It’s the logos, the mystery potions for sale in the shop, the tiny clothes. It’s a real thing, it affects both men and women and it puts too many people off getting fit.
It’s all very well to say ‘no-one is looking or listening’ (actually they aren’t, they probably have earbuds in and eyes glued to a screen!)
They're a friendly bunch really. We promise. Try these ways to knock that fear out of the park.
City life means a big choice of gyms, so be choosy. Do you get a pleasant welcome? Is the place clean? Is the temperature right? Is there a ‘culture of friendliness’ to beat body image demons? These things matter.
Gym etiquette is actually pretty simple stuff. Carry a towel and wipe down the machine after use. Put things back how you found them. Keep the noise down. Don’t spend ages taking selfies, or any pictures of other people. Same rules as for normal life!
Any gym that wants to stay in business needs to retain new members. That means helping them get to grips with kit. Arrange a session to show you how things work, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
New things are much less worrying if you know someone has your back. Take a fellow newbie along to share the fun and fitness. A big step is much easier when two share it.
You’ve got the tools. Beat the fear and get fit!
Well, I don't look much at other people when I'm exercising so i assume other people arent looking much at me either. So I don't really get intimidated.
This completely sums up how I felt when I first started using a gym. Not the case any more, but I sympathise with anyone who is new to gyms and doesn't realise actually how friendly they are.
OMG, yes yes - been there! Some places really do look down their noses at you. Happily many don't and those are the ones that get my Hussle pass!