Why the gym is scary

Today was meant to be PT day (plus 35 minutes cross training according to Hal), but trainer had another engagement so I was on my own.


I HATE going to the gym by myself. God, I feel a little ill just thinking about it. Today, however, I asked myself why. Why am I so scared? It’s not so bad right? You’ve been there plenty of times.

I’ve figured out that the fear is more of an anxiety. I’m anxious that I’ll look ridiculous. That people will look and think that I shouldn’t be there. That I’ll use the machines incorrectly and look silly. That I’m doing the wrong kinds of workout and…you guessed it: I’ll look stupid.

All of the stomach knots and cold sweat is completely self imposed. Crazy! What does it matter if I look silly to someone else? I don’t know them, I certainly wouldn’t value their opinion regarding any other aspect of my life, so why was I allowing what I THINK they are thinking to effect me so much? Especially when I don’t even know if they’re thinking anything about me at all. In fact, I’m sure they are too engrossed in their own (far superior) workout to worry the slightest bit about me.

So I marched in there like I’m allllllllll business and got to it:

5 minute warm up on rowing machine
3 x 12 reps chest press
3 x 12 reps shoulder press
3 x 12 reps tricep pull-down
3 x 12 reps tricep press
3 x 12 reps pec deck
30 minutes cross trainer + 5 minute cool down

Not too shabby at all. Until I realised I forgot to shave my armpits when I was putting my hoody back on. I would encourage all of the people at the gym to stare and judge me for that. Argh all those weight machine exercises with my arms up!

Keeping it classy as always!

N x

5 thoughts on “Why the gym is scary

  1. Fattie no more

    Lol @ the armpits!!! Oh well….at least you were there;)

    Good workout… I am also intimidated by the gym! My trainer has her own studio so I don’t face that anxiety thankfully, but I realise it is like a crutch (a very expensive one!) that one day I may have to get rid of and confront my fear of the gym…so power to you for going there and kicking ass at the same time!

    1. runningnelly Post author

      I have wondered about just going to a trainer exclusively rather than supplementing with my own workouts (I use the term workout loosely), I would probably achieve results far quicker because he’s a masochist hell-bent on destroying me. Hmm food for thought

  2. weight2lose2013

    Gym time is something that I get knotted up about too. Sometimes I feel like there’s a spotlight on me when I work out.

  3. adverbcreative

    Truly, pit hair? hahaha! If that’s the worst thing that happened all day, I’d say you’re doing great! Good for you for going. My question is, “Are you judgmental about folks at the gym?” If not, then know they’re all in there being self conscious like you are. If they’re not, then, it’s a sad life indeed for those ones. šŸ™‚ You go!

    1. runningnelly Post author

      Thanks for stopping by! I’m full of jealous admiration for others at the gym; I think you’re right- everyone probably is self conscious about it. It’s a vulnerable ol’ place at times xx


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