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How to Overcome Gym Anxiety (Gymtimidation)

January 2023

Gymtimidation – it’s a feeling that we’ve all likely experienced at one point or another and it can be a major barrier for people when it comes to getting fit and healthy. Walking into a crowded gym, surrounded by people who seem to know exactly what they’re doing, can leave you feeling self-conscious, unsure of what to do, and worried about looking foolish.

But don’t let it hold you back!

Here are 7 ways to help you deal with “gymtimidation”:


Bring a friend

Having someone to workout with can make all the difference. Not only will you have someone to keep you motivated, but you’ll also have someone to share the experience with.


Start small

If the thought of diving into a crowded gym feels overwhelming, start by exercising at home or taking a walk around your neighbourhood. As you become more comfortable, you can gradually work your way up to the gym.


Use your headphones

Listening to music or an audiobook can help you tune out distractions and focus on your workout. It can also be a helpful way to drown out any self-conscious thoughts you might be having.


Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you’re not sure how to use a piece of equipment or do a certain exercise, don’t be afraid to ask a trainer or someone who looks like they know what they’re doing. They’ll be happy to help you out.


Use the gym’s resources

Many gyms offer group fitness classes or personal training sessions, both of which are great ways to learn new workouts and feel more comfortable in the gym.


Don’t compare yourself to others

It’s easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others, but it’s important to remember that everyone is on their own fitness journey. Focus on your own goals and progress, and you’ll be much happier and more motivated.


Remember that everyone was a beginner at some point

Everyone in that gym had to start somewhere, and chances are they remember what it feels like to be the new kid on the block. Don’t worry about looking silly – just focus on your own progress and try to enjoy the process.


So next time you’re feeling intimidated, remember these tips and don’t let that feeling hold you back from reaching your fitness goals. Once you overcome your fears, you might just find that the gym can be a “fun” and rewarding place to be!


Written by Gus Martin, Principal Coach at COACH London

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