GYMTIMIDATION – The fear of being a new or inexperienced gym-goer

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The day has finally arrived and you are a spectrum of emotions: Excited for a change in your life; hopeful for positive transformation; eager to improve your health, and yet FROZEN WITH FEAR at the thought of finally purchasing a membership at this strange place known worldwide as “the gym.”

When you first walk into the place it could almost give you sensory overload.  There are almost too many sights and sounds to take in to make sense of it all.  From all the strange and complicated looking machines, the constant “clink” of metal plates on those machines making contact, the humming of the cardio machines along with the soft thuds of feet running on treadmills, the racks of barbell plates (all different sizes with numbers on them) all over, the grunt of someone straining in the background on every rep, the trainer in the corner counting reps and loudly “motivating” their client, someone in front of the mirror taking their gym selfies, and several of the gym members doing weird movements that you have never seen in your life.

You stand there for a moment and think to yourself:

“What the hell am I getting myself into?”

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Getting In Shape FOR A Trainer?

Who remembers when they first learned to drive?

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For me it was from the summer through fall of 1995.  I was 19 at the time.  Both my dad and older brother had their own cars, but for whatever reason refused to teach me.  So with the money I had from my part time job I paid for my own lessons.

Twenty driving sessions and a decent road test later I was officially licensed by the state of New York to operate a passenger vehicle.  However I was not able to obtain my first car for another year and a half. It took even longer than that for my dad to soften up and finally allow me to drive his car!

The point is this: I had to learn before I operated.  We learn before we “do.” You make a plan before you execute.  We crawl before we walk.  You get the idea.

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