Newsbreak– so does everybody else. If you don’t feel insecure at the gym, get a job. You’re probably there way too much. We all have walked into the gym feeling like The Red Hot Chili Peppers playing “Under the Bridge” on Saturday Night live 1992. Like all eyes are glued to us knowing that we have absolutely no idea what to do with ourselves. If you’re anything like me, you’ve cut your workout extra short for the day out of pure insecurity.
They say things like ‘own it’ and ‘confidence is key’ but you can’t just confidently walk up to the an Olympic weightlifting pad and break your face by putting as many plates on your bar as the junkie next to you. So then how do we even begin to pretend we know what we’re doing at the gym? Let’s lose the insecurity people.
START WITH A PLAN
A little planning can go a long way to boosting your confidence at the gym. It just takes a quick note in your phone. Know your gym. Know what machines are available to add to your workout. Know your own limits and push them but do not surpass them. If you must, pump those two pounders like its your job! I don’t care how much you’re doing or how long you’re doing it, as long as you are sweating its golden. Learning to make your own workout is no easy task, so check out the links below for somewhere to start.
START WITH A BASIC WARM UP ROUTINE
To me, first walking into a gym feels like a freak show. Consequentially, that was the part where I was most likely to turn around and go home at the beginning of my workout career. So let’s avoid this awkward stumbling over our own feet and create a solid routine for the very first thing done at the gym.
Because professionals have proved that warming up significantly decreases your chance of injury, let us start with that. Make your way over to the tread mill, punch some steps out on a step machine, or find a non creaky elliptical if that’s your jam. I don’t care which your warm up you decide on, so long as it gets you past that awkward first step into the gym and gets you going. If you’re still stuck on ideas of how to warm up, give this link a read.
KNOW BASIC GYM ETIQUETTE
So I know you may be new to this whole gym thing, but here are a few nuggets of wisdom/common sense I feel that should be plastered in big letters all over every gym.
Number one, I don’t care if your sweat smells like roses WIPE THE MACHINE when you’re done with it. Nobody likes to smell your sweat. Or any body odors for that matter. Let’s move on.
Number two, it’s a gym not a beauty parlor. The mirrors are for watching form, not basking in the glory of your own gains, snapchating your gains to the world, or putting on makeup. Let’s leave these uses for the bathroom mirror junkies.
Number three, share the gym. I don’t care about your love affair with the quad machine, there are people all over that want quads of steel as well. And if your best friend just happens to show up at the gym, move the conversation off to the side so that people like me aren’t sitting there waiting for days for that one weight to complete my workout.
All in all, just be aware of your surroundings. I know you may be in your own little world, but you are in other’s own little world as well.
CONFIDENCE IS KEY
I know we all hate a little cliche but sometimes a little cliche is all we need. Acting like you know what your doing leads others to believe the same. I promise nobody is watching your form. Quite frankly, everyone only cares about their own workout and if you are judging their form.
Just hold yourself like you know whats up and other people will believe that you know what’s up. Put Kanye to shame, a little pride isn’t too terrible when your just trying to improve your fitness. Blast some Dua Lipa hits in your headphones. Wear that tank top that makes your traps look huge. Put on some makeup. Tell yourself you’re doing great and your body will reciprocate the compliment.