5 ways to feel more confident at the gym
Going to the gym can be an effective way to up our daily movement but it can often feel like a daunting task, especially if we’re just starting out. Luckily, there are plenty of things we can do to feel more confident at the gym.
Here, we share some simple tips and tricks that can elevate confidence and take a workout to the next level.
How to feel more confident at the gym
Get familiar with the equipment
There’s little worse than being faced with a gym full of alien equipment that you don’t know how to use. Not only can it knock confidence, but using equipment incorrectly can put us at risk of injury.
It’s worth doing some research online to become familiar with the different types of equipment available. Once at the gym, chat to staff who will be able to give a tour and explain how each piece of equipment works.
Some gyms offer bespoke fitness plans that you can follow, too. These give dedicated time with a personal trainer who can devise a plan that works best for your body and fitness levels. These sessions often provide an opportunity to trial each piece of equipment, while arming you with the knowledge to get the most out of your workout.
Invest in a great outfit
From squat-proof leggings to sweat-wicking tops, there’s a huge range of clothing available to help us feel our best while exercising.
Opt for pieces that you know you’ll feel comfortable in. Not only will it help to boost your confidence, but you’ll be better able to focus on your workout.
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Go at quieter times
If you can, head to the gym when it won’t be so busy. Peak hours are typically before 9am and between 5-7pm.
Going at a quieter time will mean that there’s plenty of space and equipment to use, without the pressure of having other people around. Plus, some gyms offer cheaper off-peak memberships, which can help to keep costs down.
Attend with a friend
Working out with a friend or a loved one is a great way to help build confidence at the gym – you might notice the time goes by faster too!
Find an exercise routine or class that you both enjoy and commit to attending together. Not only will it elevate confidence levels, it’ll also keep you motivated to smash your fitness goals.
Plan your workout
Planning a workout before we get to the gym is a must among the Wellbeing team. Doing so helps to give a sense of purpose and saves time aimlessly wandering around deciding what to do. It’s well worth making a backup plan in case someone is already using a chosen piece of equipment, too.
Lacking motivation? A personal trainer might be your best bet. Not only will they create a bespoke fitness programme, they’ll also be on hand to ensure you’re doing each exercise correctly – perfect for helping you to feel more confident.
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