Overcoming Gym Intimidation

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Overcome gym intimidation

I was NOT compensated for the content of this post. All opinions are my own.

I’m sure all of us can relate to the feeling of walking into the gym for the first time, whether that be for the very first time, after a long break, or when joining a new (to you) gym; it’s intimidating. And understandably so.

A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway on Instagram for a free month-long membership to a barre studio in Grand Rapids. I had never tried barre before so I was definitely excited to give it a try but as I sat in the car outside of the studio waiting to go inside, I started getting knots in my stomach. I was so nervous. I wouldn’t know anyone, I had no idea what to expect, and I was afraid I would make a complete fool of myself.

And you know what happened? I walked in and was greeted by the girl behind the desk, one of the instructors gave me a tour and helped me get set up, and while the other ladies in class didn’t really talk to me, they weren’t mean either (and honestly didn’t really talk to anyone unless they came with a friend).

But the point being is that I get it.

My friends at Aaptiv created this infographic on overcoming gym intimidating and I loved it because I think it’s something we can ALL relate to, whether you’re heading to your local “normal” gym, trying out a yoga, barre, or CrossFit class, or even just walking into the tiny fitness center in your apartment complex (like I do).

Can you relate to gym intimidation? What has helped you overcome it?