Starting your fitness journey in the gym can be a daunting prospect for someone who’s never experienced it before. Especially for beginners, it can seem as if you don’t belong there with all the muscly, built guys.
I started going to the gym myself just over 2 years ago so have experienced first-hand what it’s like being a complete newbie amongst people lifting three times as much weight as me, with one hand. Understandably, I felt somewhat intimidated.
However, it only took me one small change in my mindset and how I perceived my thoughts about the gym to make me feel entirely comfortable and as if I belong there.
People Don’t Actually Pay Attention To You
People who go to the gym, perhaps more than any other public space are more concerned with what they are doing and what they look like than anyone else. They are focused on their own workout and quite frankly, couldn’t give less of a shit about what you’re doing.
Contrary to what you may think, it’s somewhat egocentric to believe that you’ll get attention or lots of looks in the gym when starting out. In essence, people in the gym are there for solely one purpose the majority of the time, to train and improve themselves. No one is there to stare at or pay attention to the new person in the gym. This may be a blunt way of putting it but it’s what worked for me.
If anything, the few times that I did get attention in the first few months of hitting the gym, it was people offering me advice in a friendly, helpful way. Not once in all of my time at the gym have I seen anyone being ridiculed or laughed at.
The gym can understandably seem like an intimidating environment when you’re first starting out. Grunting, weights being dropped and big bulky dudes all over the place. But once you get over your initial fear, you’ll realise that it’s actually a positive environment where people go to focus on themselves and improve their lives.
If this has helped you get over your worries about starting your fitness journey, go ahead and share it so others can benefit too. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions regarding the gym. I’d be happy to help.