Gym Reb3l: Are You Embarrassed To Exercise In Front of Other People?
Are You Embarrassed to Exercise in Front of Other People?
A question we always get asked when people come to Gym Reb3l for personal training is;
Do You Have Members?
And when we ask why the reason is always the same.
“I am embarrassed to exercise in front of other people”.
Thankfully at Gym Reb3l we do not allow members to use the gym and everyone who is exercising in the gym area are working exclusively with a personal trainer.
But when you join a gym the fear of having to exercise in front of other people can put you off and it is not necessarily a fear of embarrassment but a fear from not really knowing what you are doing.
Very few people suffer the fear of exercising due to body image
Very few people suffer the fear of being judged
Most of the time it comes down to 2 things.
- The fear of not knowing what to do
- The fear of not being able to do it
Therefore, in a previous article How To Feel More Confident In The Gym we spoke about the importance of either getting a personal trainer who can give you a specific program to match your current fitness ability and goals.
Or, speaking to a member of staff and asking for a basic program to follow. Now this will be generic and not specific to you but they should be able to give you something that will fit with where you are right now.
So, What Can You Do to Eliminate This?
Here are 3 tips you can implement right away.
Find Something You Enjoy: When you go to the gym for the first few visits play around with each machine.
Do 5 minutes on each of the cardiovascular machines (Make sure you are injury free and have clearance from your GP to do this)
Go and use each of the weights machine’s and stick with a light weight to get used to the movement (Same disclaimer as above… get clearance from your GP for all exercise – so stupid we live in a society where advice like this can then lead to you being sued…)
Anyway, once you have used the machines, for the first few weeks just stick to the ones you enjoy and concentrate building up your fitness and strength.
Step Negative Talk: This is huge… When you first start off it is going to be tough. You may struggle on a few machines but never tell yourself you can’t do this.
It takes about 2-3 weeks to get used to the gym and your new regime.
So, make sure you stick with it because, can you imagine how you are going to feel in 30-days of regular exercise?
You are going to feel amazing and all the struggles and fears you had at the start will be eliminated, and you will see it is all worth it.
Log Your Own Workouts: By logging your workouts you can see what you did previously and this gives you a bench mark to either match, or try and beat on your following workout.
Do not stretch yourself too much and try and beat ever previous workout as this should be progressive but keep a log and then in 30-days look back and see your achievements.