Joining a gym & intimidated

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    Mar 20, 2008 1:26 AM GMT
    I have to be honest, I am a little intimidated to join a gym.

    The only exercise I get is on the weekends while I'm at competitive dance but unfortunately the season is ending next month. I want to join a gym and I hate doing things that aren't familiar. I feel like I need to meet someone to go to the gym with or hire a trainer for the first little while to learn the ropes.

    I have done my research and I know what I would like to do but I just don't know how to get started. I think it would be great to have a gym buddy because then you're always motivated to stay on track but I don't know many people. Any advice?
  • Timbales

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    Mar 20, 2008 1:29 AM GMT
    Everybody has to start somewhere, don't be intimidated.

    Hiring a trainer for a few sessions when you are starting out is a great idea.
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    Mar 20, 2008 1:29 AM GMT
    Have you checked out the beginner's exercises on RJ?
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    Mar 20, 2008 1:30 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidEverybody has to start somewhere, don't be intimidated.

    Hiring a trainer for a few sessions when you are starting out is a great idea.


    Thank you, and yes, I agree. It seems like money well spent. I just keep getting told not to.. argh.
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    Mar 20, 2008 1:31 AM GMT
    Caslon saidHave you checked out the beginner's exercises on RJ?


    I have a few workout plans bookmarked but any links would help.
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    Mar 20, 2008 1:34 AM GMT
    usedtobelieve said[quote]

    Thank you, and yes, I agree. It seems like money well spent. I just keep getting told not to.. argh.


    In my opinion, a few sessions are a good idea for someone knew to lifting weights. Learning proper form is really important and learning it from a pro will save you a lot of headaches later.
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    Mar 20, 2008 1:34 AM GMT
    Timberoo said
    In my opinion, a few sessions are a good idea for someone knew to lifting weights. Learning proper form is really important and learning it from a pro will save you a lot of headaches later.


    Ahh, that makes complete sense.
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    Mar 20, 2008 1:54 AM GMT
    I warn you. A good personal trainer will be hard to drop. Well, I guess if you just ask for a few sessions and the basics, then you could end it.

    With my PT, I couldnt stop after I saw the knowledge, skills, and evaulation abilities that he has. He started me back on just balancing...before I even got to weight training. He said I could be expected to handle a weight, if I couldnt even handle my own body. I am ecstatic!
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    Mar 20, 2008 5:10 AM GMT
    usedtobelieve saidI just keep getting told not to.. argh.


    Who's telling you not to? Make a hat out of tin foil and put it on immediately!

    K
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    Mar 20, 2008 5:12 AM GMT
    Working with a personal trainer has changed my (fitness) life. Whoever told you not to hire one is a douche bag.
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    Mar 20, 2008 6:06 AM GMT
    iguanaSF saidWho's telling you not to? Make a hat out of tin foil and put it on immediately!

    K


    This has to be the most fashionable hat I've even worn...
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    Mar 20, 2008 6:07 AM GMT
    The people who tell me not to only say it's a waste of money because they say you can learn most of it yourself and just need to stay informed. For me it's more about convenience so I don't mind spending the extra money to become well informed sooner.
  • Squarejaw

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    Mar 20, 2008 6:10 AM GMT
    What exactly intimidates you? Learning the individual exercises, putting together a routine, or other people at the gym?

    Whatever it is, the people here can help. Just clue us in.
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    Mar 20, 2008 6:11 AM GMT
    Well, you can learn skydiving yourself too. I hear it's all just about "staying informed."

    K

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    Mar 20, 2008 6:12 AM GMT
    It's mostly just not knowing what to do - which is why I feel a trainer would help. And everyone here seems to be giving good feedback about personal trainers so I think that clears everything up.

    I would also like to find a gym buddy so to speak so it's motivation to keep going to the gym on a schedule.
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    Mar 20, 2008 6:13 AM GMT
    iguanaSF saidWell, you can learn skydiving yourself too. I hear it's just all about "staying informed."

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    You've definitely put a smile on my face twice tonight.. keep at it!!
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    Mar 20, 2008 6:17 AM GMT
    usedThe people who tell me not to only say it's a waste of money because they say you can learn most of it yourself and just need to stay informed.


    The flaw in this logic is that a huge percentage of self-taught people working out at the gym don't have good form and aren't aware of it. Working with a trainer puts you at an amazing advantage because not only will you learn to do the exercises properly but you will also develop an innate sense of always activating your core with every exercise and you'll soon be able to self-correct your own form simply because you can feel your body out of alignment.
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    Mar 20, 2008 6:46 AM GMT
    usedtobelieve... I understand how you feel. I was so afraid of going to a gym. I wanted to get in shape so badly but was so intimidated once I walked in. This year I said, forget this I want this so bad and went in. The overall thing about going for me was intimidating. Not knowing what to do, seeing rows and rows of machines and not having a clue what to do and so many people being in shape. I tried so hard to find someone to work out with but nothing. I hired a trainer and he has changed my life. What he has taught me in just a few months is worth every penny I pay. It took a month to no longer be intimidated and now I'm at the gym 7 days. Now that I look back it was all in my head. Most people in the gym are there to do one thing, get in shape. Granted after working with my trainer I'm finding that many people don't know what they are doing, but that is ok! Good luck!
  • GQjock

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    Mar 20, 2008 10:27 AM GMT
    You should never feel intimidated to do anything...
    if you feel like you don't know where to start take timberoo's advice and hire a trainer or take a look at some of the beginner routines here on RJ or somewhere else online
    take a buddy alone with you for a while
    but don't let it be an excuse for you not to go
  • jeepguySD

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    Mar 20, 2008 10:42 AM GMT
    I understand the intimidation - being a little on the shy side, that kept me out of the gym for many years. Having a trainer or a lifting buddy helps overcome the initial barrier, so I recommend one or the other. Eventually, you shouldn't need either. I was once very timid in the gym, but can now walk into any gym and not be self-conscious at all. After a while, and being a regular, some of the "big guys" in the gym started to comment on the progress I had made, and that was a huge motivator. So, as others have said, don't let intimidation keep you away from the gym. Everyone starts somewhere, and we all know that. More than anything, the guys will respect you for being there and making the effort. Be sure to learn the right form for each exercise too, and stick with it.
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    Mar 20, 2008 12:03 PM GMT
    Hey there, UsedToBelieve, congratulations on getting started, that's terrific! I agree with the rest of the guys who recommend getting a trainer--I started with mine roughly nine months ago and am really pleased that I did. Hopefully, over the course of weeks, you'll get to know the "regulars" who work out the same time that you do and begin to feel at home with that group. You've also got the guys here on RJ--we may not be in the gym with you, but we're cheering you on!
  • SoDakGuy

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    Mar 20, 2008 2:13 PM GMT
    Suck it up and go in there. We all started somewhere and we've been in your place before as well.

    TALK TO A TRAINER to get the ropes down on how to work out. Don't just go in there and start. It's like an auto mechanic told to bake a wedding cake in 40 minutes. You need to learn the basics and a trainer will do that for you.

    You may want to work out three times a week to start out and then gradually build.

    So ... good luck! Suck it up! And DO IT! icon_biggrin.gif


    usedtobelieve saidI have to be honest, I am a little intimidated to join a gym.

    The only exercise I get is on the weekends while I'm at competitive dance but unfortunately the season is ending next month. I want to join a gym and I hate doing things that aren't familiar. I feel like I need to meet someone to go to the gym with or hire a trainer for the first little while to learn the ropes.

    I have done my research and I know what I would like to do but I just don't know how to get started. I think it would be great to have a gym buddy because then you're always motivated to stay on track but I don't know many people. Any advice?
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    Mar 21, 2008 11:07 AM GMT
    For a long time I never went to a gym for exactly the same reason... I felt intimidated.
    Now that I have been going regularly for a couple of years, I really hate it when I have to miss a day! I see now that it was just a silly and completely baseless fear. Just do it!
    Like many others here have said, getting a few sessions with a trainer is a good idea to set up a routine for you and to show you how to use the various pieces of equipment. Good luck!
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    Mar 21, 2008 11:23 AM GMT
    Dont be intimidated, I am far more inspired by someone working hard and making a change or improving than some swety monkey running on a treadmill whilt still eating anything and everything or some gym ape that spends half his life sitting on a machine and doing nothing and when he does doing it with lousy form.

    Get that personal trainer its a must. Anyone can teach themself to drive a car but doesnt mean to say they are doing it right
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    Mar 21, 2008 11:56 AM GMT
    I started at the gym completely clueless. I didn't hire a trainer because the gym fees were already steep. I just did a lot of research on exercises and form.

    I was really anxious during my first few sessions. What really helped me was the realization that there were a lot of people in the gym who like me weren't in shape, but were doing their darndest to get through their routines. If anything, these people inspired me the most.

    Then I would look over to the free weights section where most of the musclebound hunks were. I would tell myself, "I'd like to look like that." So they inspired me as well.

    All the best to you! icon_smile.gif