It’s August, and in the South that means triple-digit temperatures. And, no matter the time of day, the humidity is high and the heat is unbearable. For many, that means it’s time to forgo the outdoor workouts and hit the gym.
But for a shocking number of women, the thought of going to the gym is intimidating and overwhelming. A recent survey of 1,000 people by Fitrated, a platform for gym equipment reviews, about 65 percent of women avoid going to the gym because they fear being judged. These women reported feeling nervous because they felt unattractive, out of shape, and not experienced enough to work out at the gym.
If you’re a woman and you’ve had these feelings, you’re not alone. However, there is hope. There are some steps you can take to overcome these feelings and face the gym without anxiety.
1. Know the equipment. The survey found that 58% of women feel like they’re being judged for not knowing how to use the equipment. The easy solution is to find a trainer and ask them how to use the equipment the right way. If you can’t find a trainer or one is not available, Google it. There are tons of YouTube videos uploaded by personal trainers that can help you figure out how to properly use the right equipment. There are also apps you can download that will help.
2. Have a plan. Don’t just walk in the gym and wing it. Come up with a plan before you go to the gym. Download an app for a routine or setup a meeting with a personal trainer to help you come up with a workout plan that meets your goals.
3. Go to a group class. Instead of wandering around the gym, join a class. If you’re uncomfortable working out in a group, choose a spot in the back of the class. This way you can easily follow along with the class without feeling like all eyes are on you.
4. Report harassment. If you feel like you’re being harassed, don’t stay quiet. Tell someone. One survey found that 18.5% of women had negative experiences with harassment in the gym. Most of the offenses were done by another gym member and involved inappropriate touching and groping. Go to management immediately with your concerns. Do not suffer alone.
5. Stay on course. Remember the goals you’ve set - whether to lose weight, be more healthy, or build muscle. Don’t let intimidation - mentally or physically - keep you from reaching your goals.
If you don’t feel comfortable at the gym, even with these tactics, the personal trainers at HomeFit can come to your home to train you. With HomeFit, you can reach your fitness goals in the privacy of your own home or even at your office