How do you get comfortable in the gym?

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    Oct 08, 2012 3:05 AM GMT
    I've heard people refer to it as a temple. How do you get comfortable? Where should someone start? I've had memberships before but usually ended up only using the cardio machines. Not sure if I want to go through the expense to have a personal trainer yet, but I need to start getting healthy again.
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    Oct 08, 2012 3:15 AM GMT
    Buy one piece of gym equipment at a time.

    Even if it's months between each purchase.

    Eventually you'll end up with a gym in your home.

    Fuck commercial gyms. icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 08, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidBuy one piece of gym equipment at a time.

    Even if it's months between each purchase.

    Eventually you'll end up with a gym in your home.

    Fuck commercial gyms. icon_cool.gif


    I actually have a hoist set, but dont have anywhere to put it :
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    Oct 08, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    Go workout with a friend that knows his way around the gym.
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    Oct 08, 2012 3:47 AM GMT
    You go every day.
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    Oct 08, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    xrichx saidGo workout with a friend that knows his way around the gym.


    I don't know if I know anyone who works out anymore. Should I just start going? Ugh I always get anxious wen I'm there and end up only running.
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    Oct 08, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    I still don't feel comfortable at the gym, but to hell with that. What's more important? My pride or my health? Just go.
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    Oct 08, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    I walk in the door, swipe my barcode ID and get started... I don't care if people talk about me or not... it's taking time and effort away from their workouts, not mine... if they had anything meaningful to say, they'd engage me in conversation.
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    Oct 08, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    mikeinslc said
    xrichx saidGo workout with a friend that knows his way around the gym.


    I don't know if I know anyone who works out anymore. Should I just start going? Ugh I always get anxious wen I'm there and end up only running.


    Just talk to people. They're the friendliest people on the planet with all that endorphins. icon_smile.gif

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    Oct 08, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    mikeinslc said
    xrichx saidGo workout with a friend that knows his way around the gym.


    I don't know if I know anyone who works out anymore. Should I just start going? Ugh I always get anxious wen I'm there and end up only running.


    When I first started going, I felt just like you. I was kind of anxious, like I didn't belong ANYWHERE near the free weights or bench press. I got over it quick when I realized, "I pay the same dues as anyone else here." As I started using the equipment more and more I realized everyone is there for the same reason and everyone is usually really polite about sharing the space. I have been with Lifetime since February and only had one negative experience with another member. He stole a bench I was on while there were several other benches open. I was annoyed for 5 secs, but just moved to one of the many other unoccupied benches.

    You just have to get to it. Maybe even ask someone if you can work in with them and pick up a few pointers on some of the different exercises. This helps keep your workouts fresh. I think a lot of people don't know what to do so they end up doing the same few exercises each time and get bored. .
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    Oct 08, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    mikeinslc saidI've heard people refer to it as a temple. How do you get comfortable? Where should someone start? I've had memberships before but usually ended up only using the cardio machines. Not sure if I want to go through the expense to have a personal trainer yet, but I need to start getting healthy again.

    Print out the workout plans from here and go into the gym and do them. The videos on here will show you how to do the exercise. The plans really are good. Almost like having a personal trainer, since you have the vids to teach the exercises to you.
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    Oct 08, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    Just go in there and do your shit. Nobody could care less what you are doing everyone is pretty much concentrated doing their own thing. I had the same concerns being a skinny weak guy but after working out six months I have never had an negative experience in the gym du to other people (except a girl who kept the bench press one hour for her alone that was annoying).
  • squally

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    Oct 08, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    How I get comfortable at the gym is knowing that I will be able to enjoy a nice hot steaming shower (did I mention the rain forest shower head?) at the end of the workout and drinking some vanilla favour protein. The shower really gets me because the shower head at home isn't as good.

    It also depends on what your're looking to accomplish, but having a workout buddy really helps.
  • DrobUA

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    Oct 08, 2012 5:37 AM GMT
    Don't worry about the people around you.

    Don't try and start with heavy weights.

    Don't what you can do and work up slow.

    Everyone there started somewhere.
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    Oct 08, 2012 6:19 AM GMT
    I usually start with a nice relaxing bout of dancing around in the stretching room. The people in that room give me funny looks, but I lost my sense of shame in high school.

    After I get done goofing off, I then go to the free weights with the super serial face on.
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    Oct 08, 2012 6:20 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidBuy one piece of gym equipment at a time.

    Even if it's months between each purchase.

    Eventually you'll end up with a gym in your home.

    Fuck commercial gyms. icon_cool.gif


    you are getting a little over too sexy lately..
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    Oct 08, 2012 6:33 AM GMT
    Well ill make pretty good friends with some of the gym trainers even its a lady, get my mp3 on! and then rest i couldn't be bloody be bothered, just know what you are doing don't bothered on the people surrounds you,but Machine yes icon_biggrin.gif

    *Yes do practice some minimal mannerism & ethics in the gym equipments and all. Respect the surroundings It respect you..(I know i sound, grandma)
  • prototype

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    Oct 08, 2012 6:51 AM GMT
    A good playlist!

    It can help you control your breathing and get you focused!
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    Oct 08, 2012 7:11 AM GMT
    just watch scott herman on youtube and go in and pretend like you know what youre doing (which you do, bc you learned from scott)

    also, ignore other people (just secretly look at them through the mirrors)

    good music to put you in the zone (headphones it!)
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    Oct 08, 2012 11:25 AM GMT
    mikeinslc saidI've heard people refer to it as a temple. How do you get comfortable? Where should someone start? I've had memberships before but usually ended up only using the cardio machines. Not sure if I want to go through the expense to have a personal trainer yet, but I need to start getting healthy again.


    The way I got comfortable is by finding out what I enjoyed. At first it was cardio (which incidentally, I loathe now). After I felt comfortable with that, I moved on to the weights. I tried out beginner type exercises before adding new, more complicated exercises.

    Honestly, the hardest part is getting past the idea that everyone is watching you. They're not. They're wrapped up in their own workout. Once you figure that out and say "Fuck it," the gym can become a home away from home.
  • ASHDOD

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    Oct 08, 2012 11:35 AM GMT
    You have to realize that people usualy look at themselvs and not on others.
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    Oct 08, 2012 11:38 AM GMT
    Caslon21000 said
    mikeinslc saidI've heard people refer to it as a temple. How do you get comfortable? Where should someone start? I've had memberships before but usually ended up only using the cardio machines. Not sure if I want to go through the expense to have a personal trainer yet, but I need to start getting healthy again.

    Print out the workout plans from here and go into the gym and do them. The videos on here will show you how to do the exercise. The plans really are good. Almost like having a personal trainer, since you have the vids to teach the exercises to you.

    Seconded. There are at least 4 12-week programs (they last longer, 'cause who can go to the gym every day?). I've gone through 3. Easy to print the agenda, which comes with descriptions and a couple photos. And if you review the videos ahead of time, you'll remember the proper form to use.
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    Oct 08, 2012 11:39 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    JOOU saidYou go every day.
    Pretty much. I still feel a little uncomfortable in the gym, but when I first started I hated being there. Then one day I realized no one was giving me funny looks and I kept to myself like they were. Now I spend almost 20 hours in a week there.


    This.


    You just have to keep putting yourself out there. I was very intimidated when I first started going. My gym is really small and is sort of like the cheers bar where everyone knows everyone. Not only was I the new guy, but the out of shape new guy. I convinced myself that everyone wondered why I was there. It's actually the opposite. Everyone was glad I was there, very nice and supportive. I have now made friends with several people.

    You have to overcome your own mindsets. If I can do it, I know you can.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Oct 08, 2012 11:48 AM GMT
    I like what you've been getting as suggestions. I agree. Make sure to get a tour of the facility by the staff and many offfer an "orientation" which will help. When you review your gym, ask what support they provide free of charge.

    You can't let your perceptions dictate the outcome. I agree with the rest that people won't be looking at you, most are supportive. Try and embrace your gym and like they say, make it a lifestyle change. Best of luck!
  • ohcub83

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    Oct 08, 2012 12:08 PM GMT
    I was in the same boat you are, I was scared to death everyone would judge me when I started going to the gym back in June. Fact of the matter is that once I stared showing up everyday and working out I started to make friends and picking up pointers from some of the guys. I felt like everyone was looking at the fat guy for a few weeks, but tht was my own insecurities. It's best to just face your fears, cause in reality it's just in your head. I love going to the gym, it gives me this adrenalin high and makes my day 100% better, it helps me get into a better mood.