If you’ve put on your workout clothes and sneakers, and driven to your neighborhood health club, only to get to the front door and turn around because you were just too uncomfortable, you are not alone.
A survey revealed that as many as 50 percent of people say they’ve experienced “gymtimidation,” and around 32 percent reported feelings of intimidation when working out near someone in excellent shape.
Fear not! Eliminate obstacles that may be stopping you from seizing the opportunity to become healthier by following the simple steps mentioned in this article.
If you’re afraid of working out in front of others, you may be suffering from Gymtimidation.
It’s important to remember that every person went through a first class or workout at the gym at some point. The truth is people are more focused on themselves than they are on you.
With this in mind, it’s time to ditch the workout intimidation, lace up your sneakers, and start exercising!
To ease your jitters, try these seven tips:
How to Conquer the Fear of Group Workouts
It may take some work and several deep breaths, but these simple steps can get you into the gym and, more importantly, keep you coming back.
Take a Peek
Whether you are just beginning your fitness journey or are returning to the class for the first time in a while, you may have some anxiety. Many people feel this way because they don’t know what to expect.
Knowing the lay of the land before you jump in can reduce the nervousness you may feel. If you’re new to a fitness facility, go into the gym, check out the scene, and request a tour. Ask questions and talk with an instructor to discover what you can expect in a group session.
Preparing before your workout in advance will help you:
- associate positive feelings with the gym
- stick with your commitment to getting to your first training
- overcome any fears about fitness classes.
Attending a group workout with a friend will give you company and a little extra security. You will also keep each other motivated and accountable for showing up. Plus, you can support and encourage each other to push yourselves.
No Judgement Zone
Everyone in a group fitness session is there to work on improving themselves. Nevertheless, almost 90 percent of people said they are concerned about how others perceive them at the gym.
It is perfectly okay if you need modifications to get through the first workout. The important thing is that you keep showing up and keep trying.
In every group training class, you will see people at all stages of their journey, so don’t get discouraged by comparing your “day one” to someone else. The only person in the gym judging you is you. It’s about progress, not perfection.
Dress for Success
Figuring out what to wear at the gym can be stressful for many people. Wear clothes that you can move in easily. Don’t worry about the latest trends. You’re more likely to be consistent and confident when you’re comfortable during your group workout.
If you worry about keeping up with a group class, consider attending in off-peak periods at first. This may help you develop self-assurance and familiarity with the gym, and you may feel less nervous if fewer people are around.
Make a Mantra
Before your first group class, develop and implement a mantra. Repeat motivating phrases encouraging you to step through the gym door, such as, “Today, I will love myself enough to exercise.” Once your workout begins, you may be surprised by how much you enjoy the experience.
Follow the Leader
Group classes are a great way to get started. Instructors lead you through the workout so you don’t have to stress about what you’re doing.
Group sessions can provide a community of like-minded people as well as create an environment where you can feed off others’ energy and motivation. One of the best parts is you will have people at all stages of their fitness journey. So you may be inspired by others at first, then eventually, you will be the one inspiring others!
The Bottom Line
At Fit Body Boot Camp (FBBC), we understand getting started with a fitness program can be scary and overwhelming. We recognize the courage it takes to commit to a fitness journey. That’s why we have created a space where you can bond with others on that same path to health.
At FBBC, we recognize and celebrate each other’s victories. Our results-oriented fitness sessions will become an oasis and supportive place to meet positive people who will help motivate you every step of the way.
So, no more making up excuses for avoiding group training. Published studies show there are enormous advantages of group workouts. You will improve your mental, physical, and emotional quality of life while reducing your stress level.
Fit Body Boot Camp is a great place to start. We provide result-driven sessions that you will look forward to attending.
- All fitness levels welcome
- Our signature Afterburn Workout burns twice the calories in half the time and keeps your metabolism running at a higher rate for up to 36 hours post-workout
- Certified fitness coaches to motivate you throughout each class
- Results you’ll be proud of
- No intimidating equipment
- No figuring it out alone
At Fit Body Boot Camp (FBBC), we are confident you will find your place of comfort and motivation in our small group classes.