Does gym intimidation have you feeling bent out of shape? Joining a new gym is an excellent way to promote and enhance your physical and mental health. However, being the new jock on the block can mimic the insecurities and trepidations experienced on the first day at a new school. Luckily, you won’t have to worry about dodging bullies who are handing out atomic wedgies, or stealing your lunch money.
Here are some helpful tips to aid in avoiding fitness floor fright:
Managing Machine Monstrosities. We have all experienced that long, foreboding, sweaty upper lip walk down the testosterone-filled gym floor. You are one pull-up machine away from a full-blown panic attack and are overwhelmed with a false sense that everyone is concentrating on you while you mull over what machine you will mount. You confidently step onto an unassuming looking treadmill, only to find yourself overcome with flashing lights and copious program options. All at once you feel intellectually parallel to the second guy on the primate chart as you fumble to operate a screen comparable to the switchboard on the USS Enterprise.
While unfamiliar machines can cause confusion, a simple solution to prevent this situation from occurring is to ask for help. Gym-goers dislike two things: Asking for help and listening to Smooth Jazz while running. Luckily, most athletic clubs offer new members a tour upon registering, in addition to providing personal training session options to aid in furthering your knowledge of the equipment. This opportunity is a great way to learn the lay of the land, and address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the fitness floor and its machinery.