We are continuing on the path of getting you from the couch and into the gym, while making the experience the least intimidating it could be. If you have not been following along, be sure to catch up and check out Part 1 and Part 2 of How to Tackle That Scary, Intimidating Gym.
Now that you picked the most convenient gym for you, negotiated the contract, and signed the paperwork, it’s time to start going. We certainly hope you took advantage of a personal trainer like we suggested — a complimentary “assessment” session is included with a lot of new memberships. If it isn’t with yours, be sure to ask for one. At the session, share your personal goals weight loss, toning up or muscle gain with your trainer, and most of the time, they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
However, once the training session is over, it up to you, and only you, to keep coming back and reaching your goals… or is it?
Get a Workout Buddy
Working out with someone will make going to the gym a lot more fun, and a lot less intimidating. Maybe you could get a friend with similar fitness goals to join the same gym and go with you, or maybe you could meet someone at the gym. If no one with similar fitness goals is available, there is nothing wrong with partnering up with someone with in better shape, with more experience — they’ll motivate you, and help guide you to reach your goals. Either way, having someone to work out with creates many positives. First, there may be days when you just don’t feel like going — those are the days you will HAVE to go because your friend is going. You’ll do the same for them. Second, our human competitive nature will push you both to meet and exceed your fitness goals. If you just can’t find a workout buddy, bring some music and headphones — something that will pump you up and motivate you to work out.
Treat the Gym Like a Hospital
This is a weird one, but bear with us. Perhaps the most intimidating aspect of any gyms are the giant, grunting guys who lift 100 lb weights like they are made out of Styrofoam, and the women whose waistlines would make Barbie jealous. It may feel like the gym belongs to them and you have no place in it, but keep in mind, although everyone has different fitness goals, they are there for the same reason… to improve, to get better, to fix something they believe could be better about their bodies. When you go to the hospital, everyone is there for the same reason, to get better, to fix a problem. The gym is the same.
Ready to go? Gym on!