Building your confidence step-by-step
Those first steps when you decide there is something you want to change can be the most daunting feeling ever. Your confidence may be at an all-time low, and the thought of going to the gym sparks the fear of God into you. Motivation? Ugh, what is that! Is it a case of where to start or what will work? There are so many different choices around us and not much advice on what to do with it, so at times it can be confusing. Another thing that can be off-putting is the thought of people staring at you, which can sometimes give you an overwhelming feeling of anxiety. That’s always a worry if you are feeling self-conscious or feeling like it’s all too much. You may ask yourself, ‘how will feeling like this help my goals if I am daunted by all the fitness adverts I see’? The pressure to be ‘perfect’ can affect us all, but what is perfect for one person is not for the next. No one person needs to be the same; it’s acceptable with food so why not the same with body image? Individuality is what makes us special.
At SAS Gym we are here to help with not just training plans and weekly workout classes, we believe that it is important that building confidence in yourself and what you are doing is just as important as offering all round training support. Whether you are looking to lose weight, build strength, feel like you don’t know your body any more after a baby, or just want to change bits in general. Let us help you on that journey 💪😎
1 – Start with small steps and be proud for trying. Small attainable goals with things you enjoy are the best steps forwards.
2 – Buddy up with a friend that can join you to ease the nerves and have some fun, so you feel less intimidated whether at home or in the gym.
3 – Remembering not to overtrain and strain your body. This can set you back instead of propel you forwards, making you feel tired and disheartened as a result.
4 – Remember that everyone you meet is on the same journey, just because no-one speaks about it doesn’t mean they aren’t also self-conscious about something. This is normal for everyone to feel.
5 – Find a new sport to enjoy or ask for friendly advice at a local gym from a fitness professional. Once you break the ice in your own mind, you will be surprised at how fast you can reach goals that you once thought were unachievable.
Gaining confidence in the gym with SAS Gym
Confidence is a fickle attribute at times! We often show it in our work and around others we’re comfortable with. Many people outside of Education will think nothing is more intimidating than the thought of being the centre of attention, leading a class of students multiple times a day all year round. Throw in Parents Evenings, Sports Days and other demanding pressure-based situations and you’d think that confidence wouldn’t be a problem for those working in Schools and other facilities.
However, joining and attending a gym can commonly cause anxiety and this is completely understandable. You are potentially out of your usual comfort zone, engaging in new activities and exercising in front of people you don’t know.
There is no ‘magic formula’ to combatting these concerns, but there are a few things you can do to help reduce anxiety and therefore make the whole experience a more enjoyable and rewarding one:
1. Choose the right gym – The choice and variety of gyms and leisure facilities are ever increasing. Do some online research or ask people you know about their views and experiences at these establishments. Think about how that compares to what will make you feel more comfortable. How busy is it at times you would intend on going? What type of facility is it? i.e. Is it geared towards CrossFit and functional fitness, classes, or weight training etc.? This will help increase the likelihood of you finding somewhere you’ll feel comfortable training at.
2 – Be confident in what you’re wearing – In an ever-changing world of gym fashion there are so many brands out there to choose from, plus different cuts and styles too. Think about what you will feel less self-conscious exercising in. This will help decrease a concern you may be having before you’ve even walked through the gym doors.
3 – Be confident with the equipment that you’re using – This is another common cause of worry and concern which you can tackle in 2 ways. Firstly, use me and Valusska here at SAS Gym. We can talk you through how best to structure your first few gym sessions, send you videos of how to correctly perform exercises and use equipment. The 2nd is to book an induction. Most gyms offer an initial induction with a member of staff which will help familiarise yourself with the gym and the equipment. For best results, do both! By speaking to us first you’ll feel better prepared to take in and action the additional help you’ll receive on your induction.
4 – Plan your workout – Again, this is something we can help you with here at SAS Gym. Having a plan gives you a structure to follow and therefore decreases feelings of ‘what am I doing’ or ‘what should I do next’.
5 – Workout with a friend – Whether it’s with an experienced Gym Member or with someone who is perhaps also a little concerned about this environment too. Having someone familiar with you will help feel more at ease. In addition, having a training partner helps with motivation and consistency as you can support each other through the process.
6 – Attend during off-peak hours – If you live in an area where all the gyms are busy at peak times (usually this is from 5-7pm) and the sheer volume of people is a big obstacle to you feeling more at ease. Try going either earlier in the morning or later on in the evenings. Weekends are usually a quieter time too as attendance is spread out.
We hope these tips and tricks have helped you in some way, whether they gave you the confidence you need or gave you the necessary steps to make the first push forward towards confidence.
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