• Yes, this is exactly what I needed to read. I have always had a serious gym phobia and reading your post has me feeling more confident about the gym already! Great article :)

    From Elizabeth
    August 1, 2012

  • Aww thanks Elizabeth! Just remember to stay confident and optimistic! miss you girl! :)

    From Sam :)
    August 2, 2012

5 Ways to Conquer Gym Intimidation

From Samantha Lazaris @SamLaz12, Program Intern

Whether it is your first time to the gym or your hundredth time, hopping on a new piece of equipment can be quite an intimidating experience. But have no fear, that’s where I come in! Getting comfortable in a gym may definitely have challenges, but I am here to give you the solid foundation for a smooth and stress-free workout.

Here are 5 tips that will demolish that fear of walking into a gym!

Tip #1: GET A TOUR!!

You are not alone!! There are tons of fitness specialists willing to help you on your journey to a healthier you. First recommendation when starting a new program is to simply ask the front desk to give you an intro to the facility and equipment. This will allow you to get familiar with the equipment without having to worry about any embarrassment or injury. This is also a great way to meet a potential personal trainer for the long run! 

Tip #2: Focus On Yourself, Not Those Around You!

Remember to NEVER be intimidated by “the regulars” because they were once in the same place as you!! (a newbie to the gym!)

Also, never compare yourself to other people! Although this is easier said and done, the thing that helps me the most is to stay focused on my own personal improvement and goals! AKA: Get in “THE ZONE”! Worrying about other people while working out will only slow you down, so just smile and stay focused on you! 

Tip #3: Start Small, Progress Big

Typically when walking into a new facility, we are overwhelmed and 1 of 3 things happen…

1) We make a run for it straight back to our car without ever looking back again.

2) We do too much and end up losing interest.

3) We get into a habit of doing the same 2 machines every single workout

To avoid any of these from occurring, start off with a simple cardio routine with maybe 1 or 2 days of strength and progress up! Switch up your cardio between treadmill, elliptical, bike (or my favorite) the Arc Trainer and separate your strength days into upper and lower body! Here I have included a sample progressive workout plan!

  Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Cardio 45 min (Treadmill) 30 min

(Arc Trainer)

45 min

(Eliptical and Bike)

30 min


45 min

(Treadmill and Bike)

Strength Stretch 20 min (upper) Strech 20 min



 Tip #4: Try and LOVE Group Fitness!

Group fitness is an absolutely amazing way to become comfortable in a gym while also allowing you to be in a more private area to workout in! No rhythm or coordination? No problem! Group Fitness often offers a huge variety of classes ranging from ab/core toning to classic boot camp.  You won’t know unless you try. Rule of Thumb: Try group fitness for a least 3 classes before making your final decision. I promise you will be hooked! 

Tip #5: Workout Clothes Guarantee!

                I will lay it all out on the table right now and guarantee that with a new workout outfit, you will not only feel more confident walking into the gym; you will also be more apt to actually go! On a budget? Don’t worry! TJ Maxx/ Marshalls has a HUGE selection of designer workout clothes for a great price. Use new clothes or athletic shoes as a new incentive for accomplishing a goal!

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