3 Tips for Ultimate Gym Confidence: Reboot Your Resolution
It’s that magical time of year when you lose your gym confidence and think back on your New Year’s fitness resolution with disdain.
When did you fall off the bandwagon? Where did everything go wrong?
The fact is, over 1/5th of Americans make a resolution each year to lose weight and eat healthier… and less than half of them will keep trying to achieve their goal after six months.
You aren’t alone in what’s holding you back. In one study, 75% of respondents wanted to workout more but cited being afraid of what others thought of them… simply put, they lacked the necessary gym confidence to stay motivated.
And when the resolution crowd starts to thin out around the end of March, it’s easy to be “gymtimidated” by the remaining hulk-like juice heads and clearly confident fit chicks. It’s no wonder so many people get isolated to the painfully boring elliptical… then inevitably just stop going all together.
What can you do to prevent yourself from losing sight of your fitness goals, and continue on with your consistency streak, long past the other resolutioners?
Get confidence. Gym confidence.
Let’s talk about some strategic gym confidence techniques that will help you get back in the zone… and get fabulous.
The 3 Ultimate Gym Confidence Tips
You’ve decided you’re gonna do this. You’re gonna get back to the gym and on track to your goals.
Take a deep breath, give yourself a smack on dat booty, and follow these steps.
1. Have a Plan
Can you believe it?! The first step to succeeding is… having a plan!
Okay, there’s more to it than just “making a plan”.
Saying to yourself “I’m gonna go to the gym five days a week” isn’t enough. Confidence comes from knowing what you’re doing, so you need a plan. Motivation comes from seeing the progress you’ve made, so you need to keep track.
Here’s how to make an actual game plan that will give you the gym confidence you’re looking for.
- Set end goals. The final product needs to be in mind right from the get go. Without knowing what you want you can’t get it. Maybe it’s six pack abs, or squatting double your body weight, or running a 10K marathon… Everyone’s goals will be different, but more importantly, you need to have them.
- Do some research. Now that you know what you want, focus on how to get it. Study up on how people have previously achieved the same goal and capitalize on their knowledge from experience. No need for personal trial and error — it’s all been done before, and someone, somewhere, has written about how they accomplished it.
- Create a schedule. You have officially figured out the progress results you want and how to get there. Now it’s time to map out your game plan. The key is to be realistic, set small timeline oriented goals, and track your progress. Write it down!
Enable yourself and get gym confidence by following these tips when you create your next workout plan. And be flexible! Remember that your goals can change… the most important thing is having a plan and keep tracking your progress.
You can always re-evaluate your strategy and goals and make a new plan.
2. Know What You’re Working With
Chances are you will need to use some gym equipment to achieve your goals, or else we wouldn’t be talking about gym confidence.
So how do you get to know the equipment? Here’s a few suggestions.
- Ask a trainer. Believe it or not, there are these people in the gym that know how to use everything and are paid to help people like you learn how too! A lot of gyms actually offer a free first training session so you can be taught by a professional how to use all the stuff in the gym that’s intimidating you. It’s also a great opportunity to have your fitness level assessed so you can set more realistic, achievable goals.
- Take a friend. You know, that really fit friend who is always talking about their amazing pump they just had. Make a gym-date with them and have them give you a basic rundown of the machines that confound you.
- Watch videos or read articles. If you are a super-introvert you can learn about the equipment right from the comfort of home. Make note of the manufacturer’s name on the equipment at your gym, then go home and consult your bestie, Google.
Now you know how to use the equipment and you have a game plan. You’re well on your way to feeling the gym confidence you’ve been seeking.
There’s just one last nail in the confidence coffin that will solidify your status as a weight room wonder.
3. Get that Gym Swag
What are you wearing to the gym?
If it’s your ex’s tee-shirt or your basketball jersey from when you played in Grade 9… it could be part of the reason you’re lacking gym confidence.
Don’t let your appearance hold you back! Dress for success, just like you do for everything else in life.
Invest in some gym attire that makes you feel dangerously fly. It will give you an extra boost of confidence in addition to motivation. When I buy new clothes, I know I can’t wait to wear them. Looking forward to getting dressed to go workout can help ease the dread you might sometimes (inevitably) feel.
More importantly, this step helps you enjoy the skin you’re in… at all times! You are worth the investment now. Don’t wait until you’ve achieved your fitness goals to appreciate your physique. Gym confidence is partially body confidence, and you look great.
To Wrap it Up
You’re ready to hit the gym with more confidence than you’ve ever had before.
You can beat the fitness resolution rut, and avoid being a statistic, by using these three strategies:
- Have a Game Plan
- Understand the Equipment
- Invest in Workout Swag
It’s time to use your new found gym confidence to go slay. You definitely have what it takes to make your wildest fitness dreams come true, and now you have the tools to give you the confidence you need too.