How to Feel Confident in the Gym

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Do you ever feel nervous about going to the gym?⁣

Maybe it’s your first gym membership or you’re starting at a new location. Maybe you go to the gym but haven’t ventured over to the weight area before. ⁣

Whatever it might be, feeling nervous at the gym is a normal response!⁣

Many people feel nervous about going to the gym or leaving their comfort zone in a gym (a women’s only area, for example), but we want you to feel confident and comfortable while you’re there. 

Everyone has the right to be in the gym, and everyone has the right to feel comfortable being at the gym. 

We hope these tips will help you feel better about your next visit. 


Write Out Your Workouts

There is nothing worse than not knowing what to do next and aimlessly walking around the gym looking for random machines or dumbbell movements to do. 

That is a surefire way to spike your anxiety. 

But, if you walk in with a plan, you just have to know where the equipment you’ll need is, and you’re good to go. 

Whether you write your workout yourself or have a coach do it for you, you’ll feel more comfortable because you’ll know what you’re there to do. 

Another benefit to writing out your workouts in advance is that you won’t waste time dawdling. You’ll be able to get in, do your workout, and get out.


P.S. if you need a game plan for your next gym visit, check out our free 4-week strength training plan made by women for women!


Watch Form Videos Before You Go to the Gym

One thing that can cause intimidation in the gym is the fear of looking silly or not knowing how to do a movement. 

Take the time to look up proper form videos on any movements you may need to become more familiar with before you go to the gym. 

This is another reason why having your workout written in advance is beneficial. You’ll be able to walk into the gym confident that you not only know what you’re doing, but you also know how you’re doing it. 

YouTube is an excellent resource for finding proper form videos. 


Start With Cardio

Most gyms have their cardio equipment in a great spot where you can see the whole gym. 

Starting with your favorite form of cardio allows you to scan the place and get a lay of the land while you get your blood flowing. 

You’ll be able to map out exactly where you need to go because you’ll have your workout written out and you will have watched the proper form videos, so you’ll know which equipment you need. 


Wear an Outfit You’re Comfortable In

Wearing clothes that make you feel good about yourself means there’s one less thing to worry about while you’re in the gym. 

Whether you prefer baggy shirts or just a sports bra, rock what makes you feel your best and most confident. 


Work Out With a Friend

Having someone at the gym with you can make you feel more comfortable. 

Talking between sets can help distract you from any anxiety you may have about being in the gym. 

Just be sure not to get too distracted and forget to complete your workout. 

The biggest fear most people have is that they will look silly, and they are afraid people will judge them. 

Keep in mind that everyone in the gym was a beginner at some point, and 99.9% of the people in the gym are only paying attention to themselves. 

Your biggest takeaway from this should be that you should show up at the gym prepared to work out. Preparation can alleviate a significant amount of the anxiety you’re feeling. 


If you want help getting prepared for the gym, check out our FREE 4-week workout guide.

This guide will give you access to workouts, form videos, terminology, and other important information to get started and feel confident in the gym. 

Get yours here.

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