The gym can be a daunting place, especially when starting out. There’s lots of people and plenty of strange looking machines. We all go through up and downs at the gym, but it’s important to know you’re not alone. Here are five thoughts we’ve all had while at the gym.
Can you please get off my machine?
This is undoubtedly one of the most frustrating gym-related situations. You’ve planned your workout, you’re in the zone, and someone is on the machine or equipment that you want to use. It’s happened to all of us, and there’s little that can be done. Just persevere with your workout, move on to the next exercise, or figure out something new.
The reality is, some days will just not be your day. Everyone has them, and it’s okay to walk straight into the gym and walk straight out, or potter around for ten minutes before deciding you just can’t do it. It’s not possible to smash it every single session.
I’m staying on cardio and watching Netflix
Something else that is completely okay! If you get to the gym and realise that all you can bring yourself to do is walk and watch Netflix, there’s nothing wrong with that. You went, you tried, and you’re still moving your body, which is the most important part.
Everyone is looking at me!
Newsflash: they’re not. Everyone at the gym is thinking about their own workout and working on themselves, they’re not looking at or judging you. And if they are, they’re probably thinking “wow that girl is rocking those sports tights” or, “damn, what great squat form”.
I can’t do this
Yes you can. We all feel like this sometimes, especially at the gym when we’re surrounding by people who seem to be lifting heavier than us, running faster than us, working hard than us. The gym is not about comparisons, it is about pushing yourself, moving your body and feeling good. This looks different on everyone, so do want makes you feel happy and don’t ever say “can’t”!