I know it was probably a struggle or it’s going to be.
Like the day you first started secondary school and you looked around at all those people you didn’t know and had no clue if you had a single thing in common with.
Will they accept me?
Will they tease me?
Will I look out of place?
If you look back then the reality was that some people were just better at hiding those fears than you.
There would be varying degrees of confidence in there and those perhaps lucky enough to have gone with people they already knew.
You know the ones. The ones who continued to remain in the same groups of people they knew and got on with. The familiar, the ‘same’.
For many of you you’ll be stepping back in the gym in the next few days or even in there for the first time.
Hoping you take to it and make it a habit.
Hoping that in a years time you’re still going and progressing.
Everyone feels the exact same as you.
Everyone had ‘that day’, their first day in that strange unfamiliar environment. Insecure about how they looked, covered in oversized gym attire. Nervous about how to use things.
Even those confident cocky looking sorts.
One day they went through that same thing.
They may not remember it now but once upon a time they did.
Don’t be afraid to get some help in the onset. A good coach is going to teach you what you need to know and stop you questioning if what you’re doing is right for the next 12+ months.
Having that confidence in what and why you’re doing what you’re doing is critical to your compliance, enjoyment and overall success.
The gym is there for you as much as anyone else. People in gyms have the same end goal and that. That is sufficient to feel an affinity with the people that go, do their thing and get work done.
You’re gonna fit in, trust me. Just go in, get your work done. You’ll become a familiar face and people will respect you for that.
Remember it’s not a social event so the social nervousness is unnecessary. You’re not obliged to talk to people. Acknowledge those around you as you would want acknowledged.
Say hello, how are you?
I’ve spent my life in gyms and would love to see you in there.
That in itself is one of my life goals. To get as many people, the people just like you. Working out, enjoying it and seeing the benefits.
I amongst thousands of other coaches and gym owners look forward to seeing you in there.