Intimidating people at the gym
A lot of Americans wantto exercise, but foster a fear of the gym and can only muster ideas of bulky bodybuilders, intimidating machines, and accident inducing treadmills when they envision exercise. If you are scared of what lies inside the four walls of the fitness center, it’s important to understand that you’re not alone and summer might actually be the best time to overcome this fear, because fewer people visit the gym during the heat, and therefore you won’t be intimidated by other exercisers.
There is also “gym-timidation.” Gym-timidation tends to occur when one member of the gym intimidates another, usually because one member is in better shape than the other.
I get the idea that walking to a gym, particularly if maybe you're not feeling great about your body or that your body maybe doesn’t work the way that you want it to work, walking to the gym for the first time is intimidating. I remember going to the gym for the very first time and feeling like everyone else knew exactly what they were doing and they’re all looked like they’re on programs and knew how to use all the equipment in there. I also write a fitness blog that I’ve been doing for about 3 or 4 years now. Dave: That’s actually what I thought was really cool about your business and one of the reasons I wanted you on the show here is that you do have that mix between working with people face to face and then also providing some great tips through your blog. Dolores wrote a question in, and I know this is probably one. Dave: When you work with clients maybe who are new to exercise, then what do you do or what do you recommend to someone like Dolores who feels like I know I want to start going to the gym, but it’s really scary.
While I wasn’t, didn’t know how, and if it worked it was all foreign to me. I just want to say thanks for writing in, because I know there’s a lot of listeners who are in a very similar position, who are new to exercise and probably feel like, “Oh I wish I could get started but I just don’t know where to begin.”I’ve brought a personal trainer on the show today because specifically Dolores you mentioned that idea of not being able to find a trainer who is able to really commit to helping you. I don’t know who the trainers are that you’ve encountered, but there are so many passionate professional trainers out there who really would be committed to working with you or anyone else who’s just starting. Dave: I appreciate you coming on because I know that you're a full time personal trainer fitness instructor and also just had a baby, so I imagine life is a little busy for you right now. Dave: Can you tell the audience a little bit about the work that you do, the type of clients that you work with, what’s your passion in terms of health and fitness? I work at a country club and it’s kind of my full time job. I know you’ve written articles on other websites and for different fitness blogs around the internet, so it’s kind of neat. You’ve probably heard your clients talk about this, the idea of being self-conscious when they first start working out. Sarah: Well, before I started working at a country club which is a private gym so it’s kind of nice in that aspect, I worked in a lot of big box gyms.
The beauty of these classes is that you don’t have to know what you’re doing because the class instructor will do that for you, and in the classes, you can expect a friendly environment where most people are trying out new exercises and aren’t expecting any experts.
What’s more, as long as you tell the fitness class instructor you’re a newbie, he or she will usually be more than willing to help you out and give you extra attention if you need it.Gym-timidation can also occur with a lack of knowledge about the gym equipment.