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A gym is a place for personal development. It is a place that should make us feel confident and empowered.
However, this is not the case for a lot of us.
A recent survey conducted by moneysavingheros.com has found that 1 in 3 of us skip our training sessions due to feeling uncomfortable in a gym environment.
Out of 1,876 people asked, 48% of people said they didn't enjoy working out.
Out of this 48%, 62% said it made them feel uncomfortable because other people seemed like they knew what they were doing, 45% because they believe they’re overweight, 34% because they feel insecure about their body and 14% because their coach makes them feel uncomfortable.
If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable going to the gym, we have some top tips that might help.
Try before you buy
Different gyms have different atmospheres, and some might make you feel more comfortable than others. Before committing to a gym, go in for a taster session (most good gyms will offer a free induction session with a personal trainer) or try out a class.
This is a great way to get to know the trainers, the equipment and the vibe. If it’s not for you, you’ve not wasted any money signing up for a membership you’re never going to feel comfortable using.
Plan your session in advance
If you go into the gym and spend the first 20 minutes of your session wandering around aimlessly, not only is it a waste of your time, but it can also make you feel really uncomfortable.
Before you get there, plan out what you’re going to do.
If you’re lacking inspiration, check out our 12-week workout programme here and give it a go.
Try a class
If you’re not quite ready to go at it alone, then giving a gym class a go might be a great way to ease yourself into the gym.
It also gives you the opportunity to learn from a professional and meet new people who go to the gym.
Make yourself a gym playlist
It might sound daft but listening to some banging tunes is a great way to switch off from what other people are doing around you and instead focus on your own session. Not to mention, music has also been scientifically proven to help you smash your workout.
Check out some of our favourite workout tunes here.
Remember why you started
Every single person in that gym started somewhere – no one is born a pro.
Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing (they won’t be worrying about what you’re doing, trust us) and instead remember why you started. Your only competition in the gym is your past self, so go in there and kick some ass.