For many years I’ve trained people who are self-conscious about going to the gym.
First of all, I do not think the media (including social media) helps!
Portraying “ideal bodies” for males and females is not healthy, especially when so-called models take pictures of themselves on the rare occasions that they have deathly low levels of body fat, which, in some cases, can only be for a couple of hours!
You are enough and you can improve if you want to!
A lot of people don’t use the gym or get started on an exercise program because they think they might do an exercise wrong or look silly.
There are many so-called experts (Dan Allen did a great article on this) that don’t have the training or knowledge to teach people the basics, so I wouldn’t worry too much about doing something wrong when the so-called pros can’t do it right!
You may find sometimes that your not working-out optimally but as long as you’re keeping yourself safe from injury, having fun and making progress, who cares?!
Top 6 tips for the gym conscious
- Don’t train in a gym. You don’t have to train in a gym to lose weight and get fit. Train at home using simple exercises or a sensible workout DVD. Maybe even get a professional trainer to put you through your paces at home.
- Keep fit by doing something you enjoy! This is closely linked to point 1 above. You don’t have to go to the gym and lift weights to be fit and healthy. Netball, football, dancing, martial arts, swimming, climbing, running – the list of fun activities you can do to keep fit is enormous!
- Join group classes with friends or family or, if you can afford to, pay a trainer so you don’t have to go to the gym on your own.
- Don’t exercise the first time you go in, just sit on a bike, pedal and get a feel for the place.
- Don’t train in “big box gyms” with the crowd. I find that these places are noisy and full of posers. Try a smaller gym with the basic equipment. They are not overcrowded and you can get to know the staff. Another option for ladies is to train in a ladies only gym. This eliminates the chance of you getting hit on by males who think that the gym is a good place to hook-up!
- Learn proper exercise form before you go to the gym. A good place to start is The Insiders Tell-All Handbook On Weight Training Technique By Stuart McRobert. Just get one good exercise right before you move on to the next. You can practice at home with body weight or a broom stale.