I remember a time where I had major gym-timidation. I thought everyone was looking at me and judging the fat girl at the gym. Judging my oversized clothes and brand new shoes. I was scared to do anything other than the treadmill. Not wanting to try something out and look like an idiot. Or worse, hurt myself. You can read more here.
And I won’t lie, it took about 2 years to make the gym part of a routine that I was okay with. Where I didn’t dread it, or make excuses. And now that I’m a little bit addicted, 6 years on, I thought I would share with you a few things I’ve learned:
We’re not looking at you to judge. If you catch my eye in the mirror, I'm more than likely watching myself in the mirror. Using the mirror is a major factor in getting correct form and NOT getting injured.
We all started from the beginning. One, two, fifteen times! If anything, you might remind us of what it was like when we first started. We may look off into the middle distance and reminisce on how far we’ve come.
We don’t know everything there is to know. Anyone who claims to be an expert in the field of Training, is a liar. Oh sure they can know a lot, but there’s mountains of stuff to know. And in a field that moves this fast, there’s new studies, techniques and equipment coming out all the time. And to be honest, half of it is bullshit. The fact is, we’re all just learning as we go. Our bodies will change and adapt. And that’s where we learn when to push harder, and when to rest. Today something might feel good, and next week if feels like your arm is going to fall off.
As someone who remembers very clearly what it was like to be unsure, new and scared, here’s a few more things to remember:
Always listen to your body
If you’re unsure about how to use something, ask.
Smile – resting gym face is okay when you’re in the zone but try to smile on entry and exit at least.
Remember to recover – rest, stretch, drink water, eat protein, pretty simple.
And keep in mind that we’re all pretty self-absorbed and we are not scrutinising you or your workout.
If you’d like me help you start a gym routine or get over your barriers to exercise, send me a message, I’d love to hear from you.