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    Friday, 6 January 2017

    HOW TO BEAT THE DREADED GYM-TIMIDATION

    I, like probably a lot of people, set New Year's goals which revolved around getting a bit fitter in 2017.

    I'd already started my own (mini) fitness journey some-time last year but it wasn't until the weeks just before Christmas that I really hit my stride and ventured into the dreaded weights area.

    I honestly used to be, and probably still am, intimidated by the gym.

    It's not the actual exercise which intimidates me, it's this weird self-conscious fear I build up inside my own head - especially when it comes to weights.

    Any excuse not to go would keep me out of there. "It'll be too busy", "I don't want to wash my hair today", "I don't want to look unfit in front of people I might know"

    That last one is real too. I genuinely thought I needed to lose weight BEFORE I even started, I felt that insecure.

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who's felt like that (or at least I hope!), maybe even you reading this has felt it at some point, but I wanted to show that there are so many ways to get over the 'fear' and once you do, you'll fall in love with training!
    STEP ONE: WEAR HEADPHONES
    OMG. This for so many reasons.

    For me, wearing headphones creates almost like a barrier between you and the other people around you.

    It's the international sign for DO NOT TALK TO ME. I hate feeling like someone is going to ask me a question or worse, tell me I'm doing something wrong, so on go the headphones and "see ya, sorry pal I can't hear you".

    Secondly, motivation levels go through the roof. Try doing interval sprints on the treadmill without headphones - nope, not happening. Put Kanye West on and I can smash them out. The amount of self-belief that man has is infectious.....

    STEP TWO: WATCH HOW THE PROS DO IT
    I don't mean stare at other people while they work out - because #creepy - but watch videos of the right technique on YouTube or Instagram.

    There are fitness tutorials literally everywhere you look online now and it's SO helpful for building your confidence, especially on equipment you're not familiar with.

    First time I used the cable machine, I googled the hell out of it. Attempting a Lat pull down? Throw that hashtag into Instagram and you have access to SO many people mastering the right form and you'll know exactly what you're doing. 

    STEP THREE: SPEND TIME WITH A TRAINER
    If you're a newbie to the gym, you should get a free training when you sign up - USE IT.

    It's so tempting to avoid doing these but they really are useful. New to weights? Tell the trainer that you want to learn how to use the squat rack or smith machine and they'll show you. Plus having someone with you the first time you wander over there is so much easier than just bowling over by yourself.

    STEP FOUR: TRAIN WITH A FRIEND
    First off. you are far less likely to miss the gym if it means you're going to let your friends down and secondly, having someone with you makes training much less intimidating #SafetyinNumbers

    The amount of times I've sat on a machine the wrong way or picked up something awkwardly - I promise you it's a lot less embarrassing when you're with someone!

    Plus it also helps motivate you and push you just that little bit harder with your work-outs.

    If you don't have any gym buddies to go to the actual gym with, there's so many online communities you can be part of. My friend Hannah is part of the Kayla Itsines #BBG community and has made so many friends both online and offline, it's hard not to be completely inspired by her!
    STEP FIVE: REMEMBER PEOPLE REALLY AREN'T WATCHING YOU
    Honestly. I used to avoid the weight area because I thought people would watch and judge me like "LOL she clearly doesn't know what she's doing" - but d'ya know what, they really aren't. 

    People are usually too busy focusing on their own work-out to even consider what you're doing and a lot of the time, they're feeling exactly the same way you are!

    A few weeks ago, a man came over to me in the gym and said he couldn't believe how hard some of the exercises I was doing were. I can't tell you how good that made me feel about myself - especially when the whole time I was worrying I looked like a prat!

    Keep these things in mind and I promise you'll be bossing the weights area in no-time!
    Have you suffered with 'gym-timidation before? I'd love to hear how you over-come it!

    2 comments:

    1. These are all such great tips that could apply to any form of fitness/sport! Totally agree with you about headphones, the motivation from listening to the right songs can be amazing - and it certainly helps shut out your surroundings. Speaking of which, I LOVE your headphones!

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    2. Top tips that I totally agree with... music and buddies are key! And those headphones are BEAUT! Love AP xo

      Andrea's Passions

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