It’s been said a million times: gyms are intimidating. It’s perfectly natural to enter the gym and begin battling feelings of insecurity before you even hit the locker room. You may wonder, “How does she get to look that good on a treadmill?!” or “Is that guy checking me out, or did he just catch a glimpse of my love handles?” You may even catch a glimpse of a perfectly svelte woman who looks like a rockstar during her workout and think, “I really should have thought twice before choosing Chipotle for lunch.”
Whatever you’re thinking, not to worry! There are ways to prevent your mind from going to that place! Here are our Top 3 Tips for feeling FIERCE at the gym!
1) You Are What You Wear
Dress the part, even at the gym! You know how amazing and powerful you feel when you sport your favorite outfit to work? The same thing goes for the gym. Do yourself a favor and start looking for athletic apparel that feels great and flatters you. You are worth it, and you will feel a boost in your self-esteem. Looking great and feeling great is the difference between a timid shuffle out of the locker room and a confident stride as if announcing, “Everybody! Come and see how good I look!” (Stay tuned for my post on where to shop for great fitness apparel!)
2) Turn Up the Music
Plug in. Get in the zone. Work it out. It is a proven fact that music can rev up any workout and help you zap more calories. There’s more! A great playlist can also make your confidence go from zero to hero instantaneously! Sure, binge watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians is entertaining and could be a great way to pass the time on a machine, but when you put on Partition by Beyonce, your elliptical becomes your stage. You’ll feel like Sasha Fierce! Whatever music makes you want to conquer, be sure to put that on your playlist and rock out!
3) Have a Game Plan
You hear people say it all the time: “It’s leg day today,” or “I’m going to work on my back and bis.” Easy for some to say, but for others not so much. Sometimes it takes a few more specifics to feel confident enough in executing your workout. Do yourself a favor and come to the gym prepared. It won’t take much!
You may not realize it, but there are many great resources at your fingertips. Open up your Pinterest app (if you don’t have it yet then, seriously, what are you waiting for?) and simply type in workout routine. Voila! Feast your eyes on the fabulous step-by-step workout plans that pop up! You can even be more specific and key in items such as gym HIIT routines or inner thigh workout. Whatever feeds your frenzy that day- the sky is the limit! Do not forget that you also have trainers at your convenience to help you with this feat. At Boost Fitness, we give you an entire hour of personal training FREE every single year. Schedule it and take advantage of the trainers’ expertise! You will walk away with many great new ideas to incorporate into your gym routine. By pinpointing a plan ahead of time, you will find that you have greater purpose at the gym. You will transform from an aimless ape to a minx on a mission!