We all have those moments of self-doubt when it comes to the gym, especially when it means being in the weights room! “What if I don’t know what I’m doing?” “Will everyone look at me?” And “why am I the only girl?” Being treated differently in the gym based on level of experience, gender and race is something that’s very real in society right now, particularly when the environment is predominantly male based. Hang on, weights are for girls too! In fact, lifting weights help to create a nice hourglass shape, so don’t gym-timidation get in the way of you growing that J-Lo booty this summer, here’s our top 5 ways to beat gym-imitation!
Believe in yourself
Walking into the gym for the first time can bring a mix of emotions, you may feel embarrassed, self-conscious or even like you don’t deserve to be there, but here’s a newsflash for you; you DO! In fact, GymCube’s nutritionist, Ben Coomber explains, “you have just as much right to be in the gym as anyone else, don’t feel bad about using any equipment, you pay your membership just like everyone else.” Ben assures, “you might be new to the place, or don’t know the ropes as well as others, but that doesn’t matter, it’s your gym as much as theirs!”
Do your homework
Being in the weights room can be a daunting and intimidating place when you aren’t positive about what you are doing is correct, we tend to get caught with the fear of failing that we dodge the idea of trying! Tally Rye, London’s top personal trainer, co-founder and creator of the successful #GirlGains, recommends “booking just 1 or 2 sessions with a personal trainer to nail the basics,” when it comes to making sure your form and technique is correct. “Once you know the basics, it sets you on a path to accelerating your progress.”
So you’ve been psyching yourself up for a killer workout, ready to break a sweat, but after seeing another woman bench her body weight, you can’t help but feel your confidence taking a knock. Sure it’s pretty impressive, but also quite off-putting and many people experience this intimidation within the gym. Performance nutritionist and public speaker, Ben Coomber says to “always have in the back of your mind the whole time that this a journey for you, a process.” He says that “many feel bad in the gym because they are not in as good a shape as they ‘should’ be, that they don’t look as good as others.” Ben encourages to “keep saying to yourself that “I am here and this is the beginning of an exciting journey for me, everyone else is further down the line than me, good for them, but this is about me and my journey, not anyone else.”
Throw the comparisons out
‘Comparison is the thief of joy’, preached by Theodore Roosevelt, comparing yourself to another person at the gym will not get you very far. It’s an easy trap to become secluded in and a mistake that one to many chose to make. Solution? Just say hi! It may seem like that other girl is way more experienced than you, but behind that resting gym face is likely to be someone who loves to squat just as much as you. Girls are always looking for training partners!
If you look the part, you feel the part right? Finally, give your wardrobe a fitness makeover, for the ultimate confidence boost that you can take to the gym! Ben advices to “Wear clothes that make you feel good, have your water bottle, get your tunes on the iPod and just rock your way through your workout, don’t worry about others, just focus on you, have fun with it, embrace it, and see your new gym journey as a new adventure.”