Today I am taking a rest day. Two days on, one day off, two days on, two days off is how I’m going to do the first 2 weeks of this program. As I continue to get into routine, I will put another day in for the program.
Since I am not working out today, I wanted to talk about confidence in the gym. I grew up going to the gym, be it a public gym or a school gym, I enjoyed going. I want to help people who did not grow up in the gym gain confidence going into the whole gym, not just the cardio section. This is going to be a real list, not just a “have confidence in yourself and move on”.
One recommendation would be to have your workout planned ahead. This saves you time and confusion when you’re at the gym. Know what exercises you’re planning on doing so you know what kind of equipment you need when you get there. And have a backup plan to just about all exercises because the equipment or machine you need could be taken. If you look like you don’t know where you’re going or what you’re doing we start to lack confidence and just give up. So have a plan!
Another recommendation if you don’t want to draw the wrong attention on yourself and avoid getting the equipment gross would be to dress appropriately. Yes, we are women hear me roar, but don’t wear the shortest shorts you own, the short and tightest shirt you own and not expect to have people look at you or try to talk to you. You’re at the gym, unless that’s the only kind of clothes you feel super comfortable working out in, I would suggest getting something that covers most of your legs and most of your back. This is helpful because a lot of benches and machines are gross and skin to bench when sweaty is nasty! I typically wear a racer back tank top and crop pants and I always have a gym towel with me to put on the bench.
As this states below, if you do you in the gym, no one will care what you’re doing. Some people think everyone is watching them in the room. Yes, it’s possible right when you walk in they might, but then everyone goes about their own way and so should you. Just being in the gym can be an awesome accomplishment! Don’t let anyone ruin that for you! You are there for a reason and so are they. Get your workout in and move on!