The gym is intimidating at first. Where do you start? There's so many machines, so many people, and the last thing you want to do is become a meme. Here are simple ways to build confidence training without having to "fake it till you make it."
You can’t manifest your way to confidence.
You gain confidence with evidence. The more you go to the gym, the more you feel like you belong.
Follow a Program
Following a training plan based on your goals makes it easy to start immediately. You'll save time showing up knowing exactly what to do.
- Exercises are planned. Before even showing up to the gym you can either watch videos on how to do a movement, or read up on details.
- Reps, sets, and rest time are set.
- How much weight to put on? Programs have prescribed weights for you.
- The intention of that workout; how things are supposed to feel that day.
It's like going to the grocery store with a list. Get in, do some work, get out. Ain't nobody trying to feel clueless at every machine.
Practice a ritual
Get your gym clothes ready. Water bottle on deck. Pre-workout or coffee ready to go if that's your thing. Airpods and other gym essentials in your bag. After that, you're ready to go. When you have everything you need prepared, there's less to worry about.
So if your workout program is taken care of and your equipment is set, there's less to make you feel unprepared.
Let’s say day 1, you show up to the gym and you’re insanely confident. That wouldn’t make much sense. You’re not supposed to be confident at first. There’s a reason you’re not and that’s okay. Build it up by showing up.
I guarantee after 30 sessions in the gym, you'll feel like you belong. You might even recognize some people and make some friends.
So keep training with a plan, building your routine, and as you rack up your sessions you'll feel more confident in the gym. That makes it wayyy easier to hit your goals.
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