How many times have you heard "I'll go to the gym once I lose a few pounds" or "I want to go lift weights but I need to get back in shape first".
We've all heard this from at least one of our friends, family members, or maybe we've even said it ourselves.
Fitness professionals hear it regularly. Unfortunately, the majority of fitness professionals would dismiss a statement like this as an excuse, or even worse, assume we're just lazy because we said this.
The Fit2point0 mentality, however, is that there is no such thing as an "excuse" and that something that presents itself as an "excuse" is truly just a barrier for that individual and has a much deeper root than laziness. The good trainers and coaches out there have the empathy it takes to help an individual work through that barrier in creative and caring ways.
Here's what I'll tell you I think it means when someone says this:
"I am wanting to get strong and gain fitness, but something is keeping me from doing so."
So, we gotta work on what what something is. Tell me if this resonates with you, because it's somewhere I've been, personally:
"I am a little self conscious and intimidated about going to the gym in my current (physical, strength, aesthetic) shape, although I know that going to the gym is probably the most logical first step to gaining strength and becoming fit."
I'm not trying to project onto you, but if you do feel that way, I'm here to help you break down that (or any) barriers standing between you and your most (mentally, emotionally and physically) fit self.
Here are a few ways to break down your barrier of being intimidated or anxious about going to the gym (that maybe you've even been paying for for awhile!):
1. Educate yoself.
Do a little bit of research about what's at the gym, what types of machines do what, what areas are used for doing what type of exercise, the equipment you'll find, and what's best to start with. (I suggest dumbbells).
Reading up on this place before you step foot in it will allow you to mentally prepare yourself and do a bit of a "walk through" in your head. This helps build your confidence levels. Plus, you did your homework, so that'll help you feel confident, too!
2. Make a plan
Going off of #1, the next logical step would be to decide on an order of events that'll take place once you get into the gym. Walk through this in your head, too.
Where will you go once you walk in the door? Where and how will you warm up? What's on your workout schedule for that day? Do you have your towel?!
Knowing your step-by-step plan of action will help see you through the gym and your workout- so that you don't just walk out onto the floor, freak out a little bit, and hop on the treadmill (been there!).
3. Know that no one cares about you
That sounds SUPER insensitive, but I thought it'd be a funny way to title this concept. In the right context (okay well, probably only this context), it could actually be a positive mantra!
It's true! Not a single person in that place gives a care as to what you're doing as long as you stay out of their way. Now, this DOES NOT mean you're not entitled to take up space on the gym floor- that's what this blog post is all about! It just means you should figure out where the appropriate space to take up would be.
But aside from that- no one cares about you! Do your thing, lift the weights, gain the strength, and feel like a badass doing it.
Hopefully having these three new tools on hand will help you get out there in that gym, lift the weights, get your money's worth and be the gym going badass I know you can be!
If you want a little more help with this stuff,
I have an Interactive Manual that tells you all the info mentioned above in tons of detail, with videos and everything! Check it out at www.whatdoidoatthegym.com .
Have an awesome Holiday Season and go hit the gym, badass!