Post # 1
So I am embarrassed to admit that I can’t motivate myself to go to a gym. I had a membership 2 years ago but used it a handful of times and basically wasted a lot of money since it was a contract gym. Thats all that my area offers, if you don’t sign a 1 yr agreement you have to pay like a hundred bucks a month to use the facility!!!!
I am always terrified I am going to make a ass of myself, like I will look unintelligent for not knowing how to use the equipment, or I will appear weak…. I don’t know – but it is a fear that kept me going last time I had a membership, and I can see that same stupid fear following me if I joined another gym. Does anyone else have this ridiculous fear or am I alone on this?
I REALLY want to start working out with more then the few items I have at home and I am not a big jogger (my knees get angry at me when I attempt it). My Fiance is a gymwhore, he loves it there – but he is also a lot more athletic and a lot less clumsy then I am… I don’t want this fear to keep me from losing the 10-15 pounds that I want to get rid of… but I can’t seem to overcome it. I am feeling horribly defeated. I got a 7 day pass that starts today, I figure if I can muster the confidence to go 5 out of 7 days I might considering actually joining, its just mustering that confidence and motivation which is going to be the real challange. Serious, I worry WAY too much about what strangers think of me.
Post # 3
Do you have a girlfriend you could sign up with, that way you aren’t alone and have a buddy to work out with? I find it a lot easier and more motivating to have a friend to go to the gym with. Or maybe you could try to join some group exercise classes where everyone is a beginner, so you don’t feel intimidated. Don’t let your fear get in the way, put your mind to it and do it for yourself! You deserve it 🙂
Post # 4
Does your Fiance go to the same gym that you do? If so, can he help show you how to use some of the machines? Once you go through once or twice with someone showing you, you’ll feel a lot less intimidated when you go and use them.
You can also sign up for one or two personal training sessions to have them help you start out, then drop them once you get used to using the machines and getting into a routine.
Post # 5
I can relate. I was a gym rat for a long time, but I still got nervous when using a new piece of equipment. The truth is no one is there to judge you, so you really have nothing to worry about. I’ve tripped and dropped things and made an ass of myself…I got over it.
One suggestion – if you can, go super early in the morning before work when it’s not too crowded. That way if you do something clumsy, there won’t be too many people there to see you. 🙂 Or try a group fitness class body sculpt or something.
Best of luck!
Post # 6
They have employees for a reason. They should be willing and knowledagable enough to show you around, and explain a few machines.
Post # 7
I love that you posted this. I am in the same boat. I have had a gym membership for a year and a half and gone about 5 times. We recently moved to a big city and I don’t have a gym partner anymore, and I’m really nervous about going on my own (I haven’t gone at all since I moved). Fiance goes 5 times a week and I always say I will go with him and then chicken out. He is bugging me to go with him today, so I may just go and have him help me with some of the equipment. If I can do it you can do it! I agree with previous posters that it may be less intimidating to go at a less busy time.