Panic ! @ the gym

  • HorrorHound

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    Feb 10, 2011 9:30 PM GMT
    As a weightlifter, I used to be able to walk into the gym & get business done right. I used to be able to concentrate on 'self & worry 'bout just me.

    However, in the last few months all that has changed.

    Ever since I gained weight from some medications I'm on, I've been terrified to step foot in the gym. Anything from anxiety to light panic attacks. So its hard for me to go from Point A to Point B.

    I've been nominated for a Facebook calendar contest here in Pensacola, FL (Sexy men of Pensacola,FL) which I'm in the ranks (somehow) to winning. So I want to be able to get back into the gym for a couple o' months to GET BACK to where I was, IF that's possible.

    Just wondering if any of you ever suffered from bouts of anxiety to going to the gym & how did you get over that?

    Also, is it possible to get your body to transform back to where it was within a couple o' months time if you're hitting the gym 3-5x week? I here that helps, aka "Muscle Memory" - but is this true?

    I want to squash this panic/anxiety I have with my gym. Lately Ive started going back when its during its dead time (12-2 pm). That has seemed to help a little.

    Any comments regarding to others who've fought thru anxiety in the gym & squashed it would be nice. OR, any knowledge if I can get some o' my body muscle mass back within a couple o' months time for this calender shoot. (note: this calender shoot will be NOT of the naked/in underwear variety, but more of "high fashion". So I don't have to worry about showing TOO much!

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    Feb 10, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    I had my appendix rupture and lost about 20 lbs very quickly from surgery, hospital stay, and inability to hold down food. When I got back to the gym, had tons of people stop me and ask, "What happened to you?" I never had anxiety attacks but really dreaded going to the gym because I had lost some much mass. As I started making progress, I used it as a motivating factor to continue going and working toward "getting back" to where I was previously. Just FYI It takes about 3 months of dedicated workouts to "get back in shape."
  • mizu5

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    Feb 10, 2011 11:48 PM GMT
    dunno how much gbigger you are then your pics but you are kinda my ideal there ahaha..

    I used to compete gymnastics nationally and was quite cometent in a gym, then I switched to just trampoline and stopped going so much, then I took about a year off form an injury SO last year I had some anxiety about going back. I'm this scrawny short kid. I just went in a few times for short periods, and finally just sucked it up and dove in. Remember, you are still in ebtter shape than 90% of the people there.
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    Feb 11, 2011 12:28 AM GMT
    Man. I am sorry about how you are feeling. Really just just have to learn to not care what others think. I know its way easier said than done. I usually just put music in my ears, turn it up, and act like I am the only person in the gym.
  • Webster666

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    Feb 11, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    You're not there for the beauty contest.
    Concentrate on your workout, not on anybody else.

    30% like you anyway
    30% don't know you
    30% don't even notice that you're there

    All you have to do is to wear an extra large tee shirt.
    It will cover whatever it is that you're worried about people seeing.
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    Feb 11, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    AKA said "As a weightlifter, I used to be able to walk into the gym & get business done right. I used to be able to concentrate on 'self & worry 'bout just me."

    Remember that if you were this focused and didn't notice anyone, chances are that others are equally focused and won't notice you. The hardest part is always going through the door.
    Good Luck
  • pelotudo87

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    Feb 11, 2011 3:04 AM GMT
    I'm sorry to hear about the mediation, but I'm sure that you'll bounce back in no time.
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    Feb 11, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    AKA_B1GK saidAlso, is it possible to get your body to transform back to where it was within a couple o' months time if you're hitting the gym 3-5x week? I here that helps, aka "Muscle Memory" - but is this true?
    Ask this guy: http://www.realjock.com/MuscleComeBack icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 11, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    Not necessarily for the gym, but I have dealt with anxeity in one way or another for the past 20 years. I understand your situation. Are you on any anxiety medications? Please email me -- if you want -- and I would be happy to help you with what I know.
  • jimjock

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    Feb 11, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    When I see someone else in the gym (and we all look at one another lifting, for form, to learn or other various reasons) and they are making an effort, struggling with an amount of weight, or even struggling with their own weight... I draw strength from their courage for being there and attempting to better their health.

    Maybe you could consider what I tell a guy when I jump to lend a hand before he gets chest dents on the bench press. At his most embarrassed moment in the gym, as a man, in front of other men... I remind him, "If any one of us were perfect... we would not be here."

    Just tell yourself positive things and trust your mind body connection.

    Keep us informed? Do it for you.

    jimjock7
    FFP (former fat person)

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    Feb 11, 2011 3:35 AM GMT
    Between medications and other health issues I gained 80lbs but aside from the risk of injury was never anxious about returning to the gym in bad condition because there's always someone in worse condition and at 260lbs no one was going to be paying any attention to me anyway. But now that I'm seesawing between 180 and 185 and tight as a drum since I took my time losing it, baby, they're looking now!
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    Feb 11, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
    No one cares really. Everyone is there to work out and get in shape. The very few that might eyeball you and point fingers aren't even worth worrying about.

    And yes, I believe in muscle memory too. Just stay focused. Eyes on the prize! icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 11, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    ...good advice from the guys above - but the main question was can you get back in shape in a relatively short time?

    Yes you can - you have a great body and foundation to draw upon - however, diet as well as the gym may be required to achieve your goals.

    The simple rule of thumb is 2 grams of good quality lean protein per kilo (1 gram per pound) per day - you weigh 116 kilos so 232 grams of protein per day -

    plus limit carbs after midday - cut sugar, flour, alcohol etc- this plus good hard workout always works and the fat is stripped off.

    If hungry, eat more protein and a few handsful of almonds and brazil nuts (both have good oils)
  • Tiran

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    Feb 11, 2011 3:55 AM GMT
    Have you considered that the anxiety might be a side effect of the medication? I know one of my girl friends is on a med that can cause weight gain and can cause anxiety.
    The baggy shirt can help, or even consider changing to a new gym where they don't know you, as well as maybe one that is more suburban in clientele. There is generally less judging and you will be in better shape than almost all of them anyway.
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    Feb 11, 2011 4:00 AM GMT
    I guess I had a similar feeling when I first started working out over a year ago. I was 6' tall and 155lbs of skin and bones. I didn't necessarily have anxiety but I was dreading starting to work out because I didn't want to be the tiny guy lifting with all the fit guys. I know, it was a stupid way to think.

    Well I finally just sucked it up and started going to the gym and I couldn't be happier. It took a few times of going to the gym to get rid of that feeling and realize that no one gives a shit what I am doing. I quickly got comfortable in the gym and as I started to build up strength, I became addicted.

    No feeling like that could ever keep me out of the gym anymore and at 198lbs my confidence is way up.

    Just bite the bullet buddy and go in there. Maybe you gained some lbs but you look fit in all your pictures so I feel like picking up the pieces and going back in the gym definitely won't be as hard as you think. Anxiety is just something that needs to be overcome. Good luck!
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    Feb 11, 2011 4:05 AM GMT
    Man you have NO worries at all. I used to be the skinniest guy in the world and I got my guts to start showing up the gym instead of the library as my other peers.

    There are over weighted/underweighted ppl at every gym. As long as you know you are working HARD to try to achieve something, ppl will appreciate your hard work and won't look you down (those who are just not worth to pay attention)

    so Work hard and be dedicated to yourself and walk around with confidence and proud.

    The only people should be ashamed are the ppl who dont go to the gym to work out but to chat or creep other guys. Regardless if they are muscular or not, Handsome or not.
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    Feb 11, 2011 5:02 AM GMT
    Focus on yourself and your goals, ignore perceived negativity from others. You'll get back in shape quickly. Good luck!
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    Feb 11, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    ^-------Why is the troll hiding?

    Oh well- he should know by now that the messages of deleted/hidden members become hidden themselves.

    Moving on.
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    Feb 11, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    You could always do sports like running/tennis/hiking or whatever to balance just going to the gym.
    I think you are muscular enough you can do more cardio!
  • HorrorHound

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    Feb 11, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    A1EX said^-------Why is the troll hiding?

    Oh well- he should know by now that the messages of deleted/hidden members become hidden themselves.

    Moving on.


    "why is the troll hiding?" - where did that comment come from A1EX?
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    Feb 11, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    AKA_B1GK said
    "why is the troll hiding?" - where did that comment come from A1EX?

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    His profile was hidden a while ago- I should really get a life. icon_razz.gif

    *that was meant for the guy posting above me- not you icon_smile.gif
  • HorrorHound

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    Feb 11, 2011 5:21 AM GMT
    Hey , a "thank you" to all ya guys whom responded with advice & feedback - Much Appreciated icon_wink.gif
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Feb 11, 2011 5:23 AM GMT
    Brother...I FEEL your pain. Truly.

    Over the course of the last year, I've had two trips to the hospital. One with what they thought was my heart, and six days and a fucking cardiac catheterization later, it was my gut - acute colitis.
    I lost ground, I got flat, lost some size, and I was terrified to step foot back in and start again because I thought it was all just going to be like spinning my wheels and making gravel fly in all directions.

    And just before Christmas, I jacked up my traps and was in so much pain that I was petrified to do any pressing movements, only making myself more tense and certain to end up in pain the day after and weak as a kitten as a result.

    What got me through it was three basic things:
    1. Letting go of the idea that I was "done" or that there was a "Finish line" I was supposed to cross - it's a journey and a process, and it never stops.
    2. Looking at where I started and saying "never again, no matter what"
    3. Simply realizing that nobody gave a rats ass either way, and that if I didn't attack it and do it for me, nobody else was ever going to do it, and frankly, they didn't give a damn.

    My body, my journey, my process, my challenge against myself and some stacks of plates and bars and dumbbells. Me vs iron. My sense of self vs my willingness to claim it regardless of circumstances. Throw away calendars, throw away scales, throw away clocks. Today is today and my job is to be there for each new one, with the same level of determination and commitment I put in the day before - only a little bit more today. And so on, and so on.

    Injuries happen.
    Set backs are not set-in-stone, they are the challenge pushing back and waiting for you to put up the required equal or greater force to push through to the next level.
    Not every day is perfect. But it is perfect unto itself, and you can't "make up for it" or take it back - you can only reach further the next day. One day, your hand hits the ledge, you pull yourself up to the next level, and voila == You're there!

    YOU can do this. You have to. Frankly, you don't have a choice. This is your body, taking shape in your time, at your pace, and it can wait, and wait, and wait, and wait - or you can get on with it and be amazed in six days, six weeks, six months and six years at how far you came....ONE day at a time.
  • Sparkycat

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    Feb 11, 2011 5:54 AM GMT
    Your profile says you're 6'2", 255 pounds. Even if you've gained weight I think it's very likely people will be looking at you with envy because of your bad ass size.

    I have anxiety issues. Boy, do I have issues. Anyway, a way to deal is to gradually expose yourself to what makes you anxious. So, maybe go to the gym and use a treadmill for 10 minutes, the leave. Next time add 5 minutes. Then leave Etc. Or do the same kind of thing in the weights area.
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    Feb 11, 2011 5:55 AM GMT
    Personally, I was really nervous stepping foot into a gym for the first time until my friend came with me. So, my suggestion would be to work out with a friend- the closer the better.