Post # 1
I just went to go work out in the fitness center of my new apartments- and then chickened out when I saw someone else in there. It’s a very small fitness center.
I want to lose weight but I really hate working out in front of other people. It would have been okay if I knew where my headphones were so I could listen to music (I have misplaced so many things in this move).
I lost 7 pounds in the first two weeks- then gained it back and lost it again! I don’t think I have to worry about regaining it because my diet is under control again but to lose more I have to work out.
Does anyone else have issues with working out in front of others? How do you deal with it?
Post # 3
I hate working out in front of others, mostly because I feel silly! I combat that by putting in my headphones. I don’t watch people while they workout, and I am sure they could care less about me too!
Post # 4
I know that feeling. I always used to worry that someone was going to come over and criticize my technique or something, lol. But nobody ever did. Most people really do like to keep to themselves at the gym.
I say get yourself a new pair of headphones, put on a song that inspires you, and walk in there like you own the place!
Post # 5
YES!!! I hate working out in front of people, especially men. They stare/gawk/judge and it drives me bonkers.
If you aren’t comfortable with working out in a gym what about outdoor exercise in the sunshine? There is so much going on that no body will pick you out and you are in a sense alone.
Try walking at first and then pushing yourself to jog a bit and then see if you eventually can get up to bursts of running. I feel amazing afterwards and it is all on my terms.
Post # 6
I always feel more self conscious in front of one person instead of many. But you know what? I used to work out in a small apartment gym and I never cared if someone walked in while I was there, so I doubt that others cared if I walked in.
How about doing a video in your apartment instead for the time being?
Post # 7
I’m the same as you. I hate working out in front of others, so I found ways of working out at home in the privacy of my own living room. I’ve been using the Biggest Loser for the Wii Fit, as well as some DVD’s, and I’ve been doing a TON of walking. Since January 1st, I’ve lost a total of 52lbs.
I’m assuming that since you live in an apartment, jumping around to a workout DVD isn’t ideal, but do you have any paths around you where you could go walking? If not walking, find something else that you enjoy doing and find those headphones. With music on, it’s much easier to tune out the outside world!
Post # 8
I completely understand how you feel! I refuse to work out at the small gym in our building. I know it is such a waste because it’s free with our rent, but I just can’t do it.
I know this may sound ridiculous since I hate working out in that small gym but I do go to a Zumba class 3-4 times per week and I love it. The class is really big so I don’t really feel like people are looking at me. Everyone is so focused on what they are doing that they don’t care what I am doing!
Post # 9
Trust me, NOONE in that gym is paying attention to you. (Not in a bad way), but people who go to gyms are there for themselves. It’s not a popularity or beauty contest.
I say go to the gym with your head held high and get a good workout. In a few days or weeks it’s not even going to cross your mind. Nothing makes you feel better about yourself and boost your confidence than a good solid workout.
Post # 10
I used to feel the same way, but then I realized that I hardly paid any mind to the others once I got started.
And now, when I’m at the gym and it seems like they’re new to working out I think “Good for them!” It’s great to see people trying to get healthier.
The only time I remember any one specifically was back at my university gym and one girl clearly did NOT have a sports bra on and was jogging on the treadmill. It just looked so uncomfortable!! All that bouncing would have to hurt. Ow. So that’s my advice. Keep the ladies supported with a good undergarment and you’ll be set!
Post # 11
I have lost almost 30 pounds and have not set foot inside of a gym. I just have a stationary bike and Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds DVD’s. I will be starting the shred on Sunday.
If you are not comfortable working out infront of people, what about walking aroud your neighborhood or staying inside?
Post # 12
Don’t chicken out. Go get a new pair of headphones, get some fun music, take a magazine for walking on the treadmill (if you do that) and go workout! Believe me, I am in a gym more than I am in my house…and noone is interested in what other people are doing. I bet after a few days of going and not chickening out, you won’t even notice that there are other people in the gym with you.
Post # 13
Don’t chicken out! I’m a normal weight individual who has run races and is training for a half marathon. I don’t judge a soul at the gym. The only person who gets a second glance from me is one patron who is clearly anorexic and in need of an intervention. Plenty of people at the gym are overweight. In fact, at my last race, the woman who placed in front of me was significantly overweight- she totally kicked my a$$. Trust me, no one is looking, and if they do, who cares!
Post # 14
@accorn: I’ve been struggling with this too. I’m very uncomfortable at the gym because I always feel like I’m being creeped on. The “nice form” with a wink and nod comments freak me out. A personal trainer is expensive and there’s always someone in our little apartment “gym.” There’s really nowhere to walk or run around our apartments and it’s HOT outside from 5am to 3am (yay for the desert!). I’ve tried doing DVDs but I feel silly and that I’m never quite doing them right. I took a Barre class and went home and cried because I was the only one who was out of shape and the instructor kept using me as an example of what not to do. I’ve been debating just getting a treadmill.
@Miss Tattoo: How do you like the stationary bike? Some one suggested it to me at one point.
Post # 15
@Aure: “Nice Form”?? EW! I’d throw a dumbell at him, or maybe say something back like, “Nice social skills.”
Post # 16
Acorn and Aure: Do you guys have Planet Fitness in your area? I joined at the encouragement of some bees on another board (I was so nervous about it!) and it’s so great. NO ONE ever does creepy looks/comments. I’ve been doing freeweights (in a very male-dominated area of the gym) and have never had a problem. I guess PF really frowns on rude gym behavior/the meat-market culture, and it shows. Plus, they frequently run really good deals. They also provide free consultation with a trainer/free instruction on using machines.