You should not be scared to go to the gym at all. I understand why some people would be scared to go for the first time, or even the second time. No one wants to be called fat and laughed at or looked at funny. Think about it this way, you are doing something to better yourself and maybe your family. That’s the way you should be looked at!
Don’t Worry About Others
Don’t even look at them. Focus on doing one thing, getting fit and in great shape! You will be glad you started to workout because you will feel great and look great. Remember, if you do look at others look at them the way you want to be looked at. Give them a nice smile 🙂
The First Time
The first time you go to the gym, you might feel uncomfortable. Don’t worry, everyone feels this no matter how big or how small. Just keep reminding yourself to go do you! You are doing something that is life changing and to better yourself.
If you get in a rut and need some motivation, check out this article on staying motivation.
24 Hour Fitness
One way that may help get you to the gym and not feel overwhelmed, is check out a 24 hour fitness center like Anytime Fitness. You can go early in the morning or later at night when it is not so busy. This is also helpful so you can use any machine you want.
Taking classes is another great way to lose weight and not feel overwhelmed. Everyone in that class is there for one reason, to better themselves just like you are!
Use proper gym etiquette to keep the gym clean and keep a healthy environment. Here are some of the things I have noticed that people do at the gym that they shouldn’t while working out.
Don’t Go to the Gym While Being Sick
People coming to the gym that have the flu or even just an awful cold should stay at home. This is the best way to get others sick and we don’t want that. It is an enclosed space so nothing gets in or out for the most part. Everyone uses the equipment so there is a very good chance you could get someone else sick. The best thing to do is take a few days off from going to the gym. Get yourself healthy again to work out at your full potential. A few days away from the gym won’t hurt you in any way.
Don’t Just Sit Around
You shouldn’t be sitting on a machine or around machines and texting friends. The problem is there are a limited number of machines and you’re taking up more time than you should. If you are using your phone to listen to music that’s fine, other than that leave it in the locker room or cubby while you are working out.
Another frustrating thing for gym goers is using free weights and moving them to another area to work out, and not putting them back. Having to look all over the gym for the weight you need is very frustrating. It also ties up more time at the space that others could be using as well.
Working out close to the dumbbell racks makes it very difficult for others to get the weights they need. Leave enough room in the area of the dumbbell racks so others can get what they need.
Avoid putting your stuff on the benches such as drink bottles or phones while not using them. Try to prevent stuff like this so others may use the equipment for its intended purposes. Some people are shy so they may not ask if you are using the equipment.
Everyone sweats and some more than others, please use proper gym etiquette and use a towel to wipe down the bench. Use a towel with a disinfectant spray that the gym provides you with or towelette. Anytime Fitness provides you with these tools. You don’t want to spread any possible diseases to harm other people.
Do not walk on mats with your shoes and get them dirty. The mats are intended to be used while lying down and no one wants dirt all over them.
Remove Weights After You are Done
Always remove the plates on the machines you have used, and especially the heavier plates. This can be too much for the next person to remove all the weights and they might not even be strong enough to remove them.
There are a lot more etiquette mistakes that people don’t abide by. These are the most important ones I could think of that will help out. Some gyms will give infractions for not following proper gym etiquette, but that is mostly long gone. Gyms need to increase their membership count so they don’t do infractions anymore.