I often hear from guys who are intimidated of the gym.
The thought of walking into a weight room and bench pressing is f*cking terrifying to them.
And I don’t blame them. Getting into the squat rack on my first day at the gym? Holy shit no!
Kudos if you’ve got the cohones.
But for the rest of us?
The ones who need to ease into it?
Well, let me to tell you a little story…
I was having a beer with my friend Kyle recently.
And we got to chatting about this website and my transformation.
He reminded me of when I was just getting started. And something funny about it that I forgot all about…
And that is – I only ran around the running track at the gym…
Can you imagine? I desired muscle yet I was training more like an endurance athlete.
That’s not the important part…
The important part was that I was in the right environment.
While I ran laps around that track… doing my bodyweight exercises along the sidelines… I would watch the weight room.
(what!? It’s not creepy)
I was assessing the area I was intimidated to go into…
And outside of the gym I was just starting to learn tips for skinny guys like myself. Anything that would get me moving in the right direction.
But the truth is…
While everyone’s yelling out, “You need to squat… bench press… dead lift… “
(oops, guilty of this myself…)
You can ignore what others are saying, and use other exercises. You can workout at home and just say screw the gym altogether. Or, like I did, you can find ways to ease yourself into more intimidating lifts.
Who gives a shit what others think?
What I mean – is that it’s ok to drop-in to the gym. To jump on the treadmill for 20-minutes and leave.
And maybe… just maybe… If it’s not too busy and you feel comfortable… maybe you walk over and practice doing some squats with an unloaded barbell.
Or maybe not.
and… that’s 100% A-ok, champ!
Maybe next time.
Because if you can just create yourself a routine of going to the gym… Even if it’s going to run the track 3-days a week…
Then at least you have a system that can be optimized.
Which will make it easier to overcome your fear and intimidation, and level up with your fitness goals.
Even if you just start riding the bike in the back corner… As you get more comfortable, you’ll eventually walk start lifting some weights and get into a routine more aligned with your muscle building goals.
While everyone is out there screaming at you to load up the barbell and start lifting…
Remember. You can assess the situation first.
Do something you’re more comfortable with before getting into the weightlifting.
Start with bodyweight training and gradually start to swap out exercises with weighted ones.
It’s counterintuitive. Everyone else says things like “lean into your fears” “take the plunge”… bla… bla…
But you can take an alternate route. And in my experience – it’s an effective way to get into the gym when you’re too intimidated.
To your success,
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