Working out at a gym for the first time...

  • RITS

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    Sep 23, 2008 7:59 AM GMT
    So for the last 2 years of me working out, i have always had my own equipment, which made it private for me to work out. I mean I have gone a few times to an actual gym with friends but everytime I have done that I have been self conscious. Keep thinking the bigger guys are watching me and commenting on how small I am lol. ( if only I got that much attention ). But in my head that is what I am always thinking...

    I am going to stay with my friend for a week in Rochester Minnesota.... AKA the Mayo clinic... AKA the nicest gym in the nation. And that is going to get me even more or a mess... .any advice.... do I just think these things and am wrong, or do you guys look and say hey hes trying....
  • B71115

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    Sep 24, 2008 4:59 AM GMT
    i used to think the same thing. and it is so wrong. the only thing any guy is worrying about in the gym is himself. if he's worrying about you, he's gay and is into you. everybody there is busy with their own ego. if anything, they are willing to help and just appreciate that you are there trying to get better. it's not easy to go the first few times, but eventually you will realize that i'm right. good luck.
  • MuslDrew

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    Sep 24, 2008 5:15 AM GMT
    Everyone had a starting point. They'll think "good for him!"
  • RITS

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    Sep 24, 2008 5:27 AM GMT
    Thanks alot guys.. The buddy im going with is HUGE and ripped... lol so hopefully he will help me out. Thanks for the advice
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    Sep 24, 2008 5:35 AM GMT
    Some random guy at my college gym was being a douche once and told me that I'm wasting my time and that I was never gonna get big. Luckily I'm the size I want to be (I don't want to be huge) so I thanked him for the compliment. So chances are there's probably some asshole looking at you and thinking stupid shit if it's a big gym, but I don't see why you should care.
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    Sep 24, 2008 6:24 AM GMT
    unless you let rip of a gaseous explosion the size of Hiroshima they wont really take much notice of you and even then, you'll only get a few looks and maybe a fatality or two.
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    Sep 24, 2008 11:07 AM GMT
    I was very self conscious when I first started going to the gym thinking everybody was looking at me. I was fifty pounds overweight and flabby. But really, nobody paid any attention. I lost the weight, built muscle and met a few of the people there. Now, when I see a newbie who is overweight, I think, "good for them." I'd like to tell them that if I can do it, so can you and stick with it.

    And, as was said above, most of the guys are more interested in themselves to notice anybody else.
  • RITS

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    Sep 24, 2008 6:01 PM GMT
    thanks guys... im at the mayo clinic now.... ill let ya know how the workout goes tonight... thanks again for all the advice, im gonna walk in and own that gym lol
  • RITS

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    Sep 25, 2008 1:06 AM GMT
    So I just got back....went well.. It was the Mayo Clinic Gym in Rochester...was very nice. And did not feel nervous or scared. It all went well thanks for the tips, that is what really helped I think! A big muscular guy even asked me to spot him once ;)
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    Sep 25, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
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    Sep 25, 2008 2:29 AM GMT
    str8hardbody saiddude have fun at the gym, who care about other people. Just go there and workout be nice. Gym is where u meet new friends. keep up the good work and ur doing well. Don't be intimidated we're been there before.


    Str8hardbody has it right. Just enjoy your time there. No one is there is make fun of others - they are there to get a workout in.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 25, 2008 2:54 AM GMT
    In time it won't bother you-Have fun!
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    Sep 26, 2008 12:48 AM GMT
    Hey kid-

    I have been going to gyms for longer than you have been alive.

    Let me clue you in on the Golden Rule of gyms:

    Big guys look at bigger guys and wish they were bigger.

    No big guy looks at smaller guys. (unless sexually...lol)

    I notice guys that have bigger arms or chest or legs or back. I do not look at smaller guys. I may notice them, and I am always glad to see that they are in the gym trying to get bigger if that is their thing.

    But I never see a smaller guy and think why is he here? I am too focused on the bigger guys trying to figure out how I can get there.

    Big guys focus on bigger guys.
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    Sep 26, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    and no offense, but the Mayo gym is not the nicest in the nation. It may be nice, allot of gyms are awesome.

    But go to Gold's or World Gym in Venice Beach or Gold's in Vegas. World Class Bodybuilder gyms with guys that compete at the top level. Work out in Las Vegas next to Jay Cutler or Chris Cormier with their 23" arms. That is a world class gym. Most big guys barely break 18". 23 is almost twice the size of most big guys.

    Work out. Have fun. Get big.
  • RITS

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    Sep 26, 2008 5:32 AM GMT
    Thanks man. Yea I asked my bud and he corrected me today. He says that it is one of the nicest Employee gyms. So I was really wrong. Its a gym for employees of the Mayo Clinic. Actually I went today again with him and did not fear being their. I loved it. He gives me the same workout that he does, so it makes it easier since then I know what I am doing...

    Hopefully will be your size one day ;)

    He gave me a good 4 day work out to work different parts of my body which seems to help. I can't wait to get bigger.... I plan on keeping with the workout and posting some new pics with results in 6 months. icon_smile.gif thanks again for the advice I think my fear of the gym went out the door during day 2.... which is a good thing