How to cut gym jitters

How to cut gym jitters
By Stephanie McEnery

It happens to everyone, that nervous, unsettling feeling. You want to be fit, you know you need to go to they gym, but there is always that worry that you’ll be leaving the gym, sore, possibly bruised from some freak accident, and probably embarrassed.
When you’re new to a gym it’s easy to get confused or feel lost. No one likes to be out of their element. The worst part is first getting to a new gym. You look around at all of those crazy workout machines and feel completely lost. “I felt awkward and out of place. I was so worried that everyone was going to judge me and they could tell I wasn’t overly gym savvy,” said Brock student Jessica Charbonneau.
There are ways to curb these gym anxieties and make your trip to the gym easier and stress free. Working out is supposed to be good for you after all.

Bring a buddy
• Working out with a friend is a sure fire way to feel more comfortable at the gym.
• Creating a work out ahead of time will give you a goal and will eliminate standing around and feeling lost.
• Try starting out with some light cardio and then move on to some weights you are comfortable with.
• If weights aren’t your strong suit check out the workouts posted on the site for some easy ideas.

Get suited up
• Go out and get some nice work out gear. Looking the part will help you feel more confident
• If excessive sweating is a concern, bring a towel or wear dark clothes or dry fit shirts that will absorb sweat.

Take a tour
• Gyms want you to be successful and have a good time. Take a tour when you first sign up. That way you will know the lay of the land and will know how to use the stationary weight machines.

Buy a personal training session
• If you can afford the sometimes pricey training sessions get as many as you can. Trainers have valuable knowledge and information that will make your gym experience great.
• If getting multiple sessions isn’t an option, purchase just one session. Make sure you know going into it what your workout goals are and inform the trainer of any injuries. They can show you around the gym and help you create a plan that suits your needs.

Be confident!
• Remember that most of the other people at the gym feel the same way.
• If you feel awkward about working out in front of members of the opposite sex opt for a female’s only gym.
• Know that it’ll get easier every time you go and stick with it.

You should also remember that everyone has been there. No matter how silly you make think you look at the gym, the other people around you probably feel just as awkward.

Long time YMCA gym attendee Katie Blasko has had some pretty rough gym moments. “I once fell off an exercise while in front of the entire cardio section of the gym. Therefore I felt it necessary to bring the ball back that had flown out from under me and do some really intense looking sit ups as fast as I could. I figured that way I could show everyone I wasn’t just the idiot who fell off the ball, I was someone fit who fell of the ball.” It happens to everyone, so please try not to worry and just have a good time.


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