Like me, I bet a lot of you face gymtimidation. It sucks and, for those of us who are anxiety prone, lone gym trips can be a nightmare. However, I have a few tips for you that will make the process a little easier.
Remember why you’re here. Whether it’s to lose weight, bulk up or just a healthy habit – whatever your goal is, focus on it. If you spend less time worrying what other people think and more focusing on your end result, the fact that you are alone should feel a little less daunting. Your determination will keep your eyes on the prize, not other gym goers.
No one cares what you’re doing in the gym. No one is there to laugh at you, to bully you or intimidate you. Everyone at the gym is focusing on their own workouts, not yours. Unless you start somersaulting through the air or setting fire to gym equipment, no one will even glance your way. Once you start working out, you’ll become oblivious to the people around you (and then realise they’ve been oblivious to you this whole time too).
Music is an absolute lifesaver when it comes to gymming by yourself. If I forgot my headphones one day, there’s a pretty high chance I wouldn’t even go in. When you have your earphones in and a good playlist on, you feel like a badass. It makes it so much easier to forget there are other people around you.
Well, I’m no expert – just an anxious, gym lover. A year a go the thought of setting foot in a gym without a friend would panic me to the core, now I love it! I hope these tips can help some of you too.