Wondering How to Get Skinny But Intimidated By the Gym?

22 Feb

So you’re trying to figure out how to get skinny. You already know the combination of eating healthy and working out are the best ways to lose weight, but you’re nervous about the latter. Perhaps you’ve never had a gym membership, or it’s just been a really long time since your last one expired. You feel intimidated and you’re nervous about finally saddling up and going for the gold (a.k.a. getting that gym membership).

Maybe you have friends that are obsessed with working out, and you’ve been trying to figure out how to get skinny like them? Or perhaps you’ve tried crash diets without working out, and have discovered that this isn’t one of the most effective ways to lose weight? Whatever the reason, it’s understandable that you’d be a bit nervous about hitting the gym, but don’t be.

There are many common misconceptions about working out at the gym that are way off base. Here’s some of them:

Donnie Wahlberg's abs are a work of art.

  • Everyone working out at the gym has Donnie Wahlberg abs. Please, as if! Of course there’s a lot of people with great bodies at the gym, but for every one of them, there’s three more average-to-unshapely people. Read: There’s more people working out at the gym that don’t look good, than those who look like they stepped off the cover of Fitness Magazine.
  • Using the Machines is Difficult. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get a gym membership. Although you may not be familiar with the cardio machines or even the weight area, everything is pretty self-explanatory. Many gyms even offer a couple of free personal training sessions for new members, so you can learn how to use the machines properly.
  • You Need a Fashionable Workout Wardrobe. Unless you consider beer t-shirts and purple sweat-shorts to be trendy, there’s not a whole lot of high-fashion going on at the gym. Some people dress nice, some dress like homeless people, so really anything goes.

Tips to Ease Into Your Gym Membership:

  • Bring a friend. It doesn’t matter if your buddy is a gym expert or a newbie like you, but just having someone their for moral support will increase your confidence level.
  • Off-Hour Visits. Like most highways, most gyms experience rush hour between 6-8pm. When you’re just starting out, try working out early in the morning or late at night. They’ll be a lot less people around, so you’ll feel less intimidated.
  • Practice with You Tube. Many gyms offer free fitness classes, such as Pilates, yoga, zumba, and etc. If you want to join one of these classes, but are nervous because you’ve never done those moves before, learn via YouTube. Simply search for the type of exercise you’re looking for on the YouTube site, and there’s bound to be tons of results. Watch one of the videos to get a sense of what you’ll be doing in class. Don’t stress, most people in free gym classes resemble blind cows when exercising their sweet moves.
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