How To Hit The Gym Without Fear

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    Mar 03, 2011 7:54 PM GMT
    When I started working out at the gym, it was intimidating. Having a friend who is an amazing personal trainer giving me free training helped a lot (getting used to the proper form and the like).

    I don't really consider myself a jock by any stretch of the imagination, and I suspect that's a characterization a lot of us share though I'm far more active now than I was 10 years ago and probably in the best shape of my life.

    I think this article applies as much to guys as it does to women though:

    http://ca.jezebel.com/5775644/how-to-hit-the-gym-without-fear
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    Mar 03, 2011 8:18 PM GMT
    To Newbies, I always say, "Everybody was a beginner once. Nobody was born with big muscles." It CAN be intimidating, but worth getting through. Ask questions, hire a trainer, read articles!
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    Mar 03, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    the best one is "When you look into the gym and you see all that you want to be.. so you see those great fit guys, but you aren't seeing the fatty working out next to them"
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    Mar 04, 2011 11:05 PM GMT
    nwdc_muscle saidTo Newbies, I always say, "Everybody was a beginner once. Nobody was born with big muscles." It CAN be intimidating, but worth getting through. Ask questions, hire a trainer, read articles!


    Great advice. I have a good friend of mine who has just started working out and he was very intimidated by all those buff, studly men at his gym. But I told him that those studly men HAD to start out somewhere, doing something!

    I was intimidated as well when I first started but after a week or two, I was no longer really intimidated. And as the months and past couple of years have passed, it's no longer there.
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    Mar 04, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    We were ALL beginners, for sure. Just keep at it and keep going. Most guys who look at you will probably be fondly remember their own beginnings. Take courage and just do it! It only takes a few weeks to get noticeable results. Just keep going. You'll look like a muscle jock before you know it.
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    Mar 04, 2011 11:10 PM GMT
    best advice I was ever given ...and as hard as it can be to do it ..FOCUS ONLY ON YOURSELF and NO ONE ELSE
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    Mar 04, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    There are days I still get that feeling. Working out amongst pros and MMA folk, it can get a little intimidating (especially seeing the amount of weight they can lift).

    I think we all get a little competitive and are too focused on comparing ourselves to the next guy in the gym. I try to remember they've been doing this a helluva lot longer than me.
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    Mar 04, 2011 11:24 PM GMT
    eddieross69 saidThere are days I still get that feeling. Working out amongst pros and MMA folk, it can get a little intimidating (especially seeing the amount of weight they can lift).

    I think we all get a little competitive and are too focused on comparing ourselves to the next guy in the gym. I try to remember they've been doing this a helluva lot longer than me.


    They might also be taking something to make themselves look better or enable them to work harder. This is another big reason why not to try and compare oneself to others.
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    Mar 04, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    My first "gym" experience was a beginning weight training class my first semester of college. It was a pretty safe environment with other people my age or older who had never worked out. I joined a regular gym the next semester.
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    Mar 05, 2011 12:32 AM GMT
    The people who take weightlifting seriously tend to be very empathetic towards new lifters. They realize that everyone at whatever level is always learning, always progressing. I've heard more than once someone say they had a question they asked of someone who definitely looked like a serious lifter. They were somewhat intimidated, but during a pause, asked the question. They were surprised how well they were treated. I think most people unfriendly or stuck up tend to be the posers, and their attitude doesn't matter.
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    Mar 05, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    B777232ER saidbest advice I was ever given ...and as hard as it can be to do it ..FOCUS ONLY ON YOURSELF and NO ONE ELSE


    Totally this!!!

    One other thing that helped me is that, being gay i remember going into a gay bar for the first time. That was truly scary and intimidating for me. Now everything else is cake.
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    Mar 15, 2011 8:58 AM GMT
    It was an overweight woman who suggested that I join her and go to the gym while our children were playing in the pool....She rarely came back and I never left.
    What a great way to be totally focused on nothing cerebral. Just repetitive exercises. No stress. No thoughts about kids and work. The benefits were quick....a toned, more muscular frame.