Everyone is the new kid at some point in their life. Whether you changed schools mid-year or had to move across the country for a work promotion, you’ve probably experienced feeling new and out of place. In the same way, some gym beginners feel like the new kid at the gym.
Today we’ll talk you through that feeling and provide three tips for feeling more comfortable when you’re working out. After today, you’ll no longer be scared to go to the gym. In fact, you’ll have the confidence of a professional bodybuilder.
Be Confident in the Gym
One of the most crucial aspects of feeling comfortable in the gym as a beginner is being confident. Whether you truly feel optimistic or just have to “fake it ’til you make it,” being confident will allow you to care less about what other people think.
Additionally, even if you don’t know what you’re doing, confidence will help you to figure it out. Feel empowered as you ask for a spotter during your bench press or aid in knowing how to use a certain machine. Hesitating on a lift is also more likely to cause injury, so push those weights with confidence!
Being confident in the gym is key to your health and success.
Remember, Everyone was a Beginner at One Point
Every single person who is a gym expert started out as a beginner. Reminding yourself of this will help you feel less nervous about not knowing what to do or needing some extra assistance in the gym.
In addition to this, most people generally think much more about themselves than about others. Everyone at the gym is concentrated on their own workout and doesn’t have the time to judge you. If anyone is judging you, that tells you something about their lack of confidence (not yours). Keep your head high, and you will start feeling more comfortable in no time.
Gym Etiquette for Beginners
Having a few quick facts as a “heads up” before you enter the gym for the first time can also be helpful. Below are three of the most important pieces of gym etiquette for beginners.
1. Be aware of your surroundings. This is a big one. Being aware of your surroundings in the gym means not taking up more space than necessary, being respectful of others working out or waiting for equipment, and always choosing to take care of the equipment you are using.
2. Clean up after yourself. Many gyms have towels and a cleaning agent with which you can wipe down your bench. If your gym does not provide these items, bring along a towel so you can wipe your sweat off of the equipment after you use it.
3. Have fun! No one likes a grumpy gym bro so being friendly goes a long way. And remember, there are most likely other beginners in the gym too. So let’s all help each other feel comfortable as we better our bodies and minds.