So, I’ve had such a love/hate relationship with the gym for years. I see (and follow) a ton of fitness girls on instagram such as Tammy Hembrow, Gabby Scheyen, Caroline Omahony, Shannon Henry just to name a few. I’ve idolized these girls for their dedication and their ability to wake up everyday and get their asses to the gym while also maintaining a great diet I might add. So, if I idolize these people so much why don’t I try to improve myself and just do it? Well, to be frank – it’s what I like to call gym anxiety. The times that I feel motivated and ready to hustle and actually make it to the gym, I immediately feel regret as soon as I park my car. It sets in. I’m here. Now, maybe the gym anxiety comes from not knowing how to use every single machine there? Or maybe the fear of people looking at me while I work out or judging me on the light weights that I use. Whatever it is, my mind is truly taking advantage of this whole experience for me. I wish I could just shut it off and go in there, crush a workout and leave happy. My solution lately has been going with my boyfriend and practically following him around doing his workout routine because I get too scared to do my own. The truth is, nobody is looking at you. Everyone is there for the same reason and everyone started where I am now – doing those light weights and getting used to the machines and the environment. The hard facts are that nobody really cares that I’m there or not, they are focused on their success and their improvements physically. So, I have decided to do the same. I know that every time I park my car at the gym, that sneaky gym anxiety shivers through my body and so I have found a few solutions that are helpful for me and might be helpful for anyone else who has the same issue.
Number one – headphones. I like to wear my airpods (yep, basic) and I’ve already compiled a list of songs that are geared towards pumping me up, which are typically hip-hop and a little EDM. I’ve named it GYM and so far I have about 40 songs. The music helps to get me into my own little zone and I enjoy my workouts 1000x more with music playing anyways.
Number two – wear a hat. Hats are great for the gym because a) don’t worry about your hair frizzing from the sweat and b) it gives off a “don’t talk to me” vibe. Now, that vibe isn’t to be rude, it’s more of a “I am here for the sole purpose of working out”. I also think it gives me a bit more confidence for some reason (?)
Number three – plan ahead. I know that whenever I don’t plan my routine, I end up just walking over to the treadmills and I feel super awkward about not knowing what to do next. Planning ahead will make sure you’re prepared for the workout and know where to go, which reduces the anxiety and stress! I actually purchased a workout plan from Gabby Sheyen called Gabby Gains Guide Vol. 2.
Number four – grab a partner! Now, I normally go with my boyfriend. But his workouts aren’t exactly perfect for what I am trying to accomplish. He is trying to grow his arms and chest like most men, and I’m trying to grow my legs, glutes and overall tone my entire body. I will still do arm exercises of course – those aren’t crossed off the list. But, try to grab a partner who has the same goals as you such as another girl friend.
Number five – pre-workout. This is completely optional. Pre-workout is not for everyone. But, I like to use Rivalus Powder Burn 2.0 in the flavour Orange. It’s not too extreme but it gives me some energy and gets me extra pumped to go to the gym, and it also forces me to stick to it because it’s not exactly good for you to just take pre-workout and skip your workout.
I hope these tips helped a few of you that may have the same issue as I do. If any of you purchase the Gabby Gains Guide, there’s a facebook group that’s called Gain With Gabby and it’s basically just a group of girls that are all in the same boat and want to improve their fitness/health! They are super supportive and it’s a sweet group, even if you haven’t purchased it you can still join, it kind of helps to know that there’s lots of other people who are feeling the same way.
Til next time, my dudes.