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How to Overcome Fear of the Gym. | Davey Wavey Fitness

How to Overcome Fear of the Gym.

Feeling uncomfortable or intimidated at the gym is actually fairly common among beginners. With bodybuilders and seasoned exercisers and athletes, it’s easy to feel out of place or like you don’t belong.

I think the most obvious piece of advice for overcoming those feelings is to not care what other people might think about you. If you measure yourself by the feelings and whims of others, you are in for a very difficult life. Of course, not caring is easier said than done for a lot of people.

So I decided to make a short video with some more practical advice for overcoming intimidation at the gym. Check it out.

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  1. I think another thing to keep in mind is that most guys who are at the gym alot are there because they like it. This means, they will probably enjoy talking to you about fitness. For example I noticed a guy using a different grip on a benchpress than I had ever seen. He was happy to talk to me about why he does it–because he really enjoys talking about his fitness routine.

    Great video Davey!

  2. Charley says:

    Not everyone, or even most people, at the gym are qualified to help you. Even if they know what’s good for themselves it doesnt make it right for you, especially if you are a beginner. You can hurt yourself trying to do what someone more advanced can.

    Get a trainer to show you the ropes.. Most gyms will give you one or two free intro sessions. Take advantage of them.

  3. I was talking about this recently. Any time that I’ve ever approached someone at the gym, they’ve been very friendly. Some folks look very intimidating but it’s only because they are very intense about their workout, but actually will probably be very friendly if you ask a question. Ask away, you just might make a new friend.

  4. i think i stared at your tits through that entire video. so true, though, what you said (yes, i listened, too), and i really like your perspective. i’ll admit i’ve laughed to myself when i’ve seen someone doing something strange or if they’re doing something backwards, but only because i’ve been there, too. likewise, it’s easy to forget that the ones with the amazing bodies had to start somewhere, too, and it’s nice to be reminded of that. thanks davey!

  5. christopher says:

    totally great advice-spot on.

  6. I always wanted to go to the gym and stuff, but of course im always scared of being embarrassed with all of those big athletes and bodybuilders. I toke a lifting class last year in school, and I still was afraid to do anything around the jocks because ik they would make fun of me and crap. My mom keeps asking if I want to go to a Gym with her, but i’m also afraid she’ll find out about me when i see those hot fit guys. You’r words are inspiring and they seem to work, but I’m the biggest chicken ever. I just want to look and feel better about myself TT_TT

  7. christopher says:

    ah DW-youre absolutely spot on about help in the gym.from personal trainers-managers and those who workout in the gym-they help anyone who needs help or advice-it happens all the time.a novice will be experienced-in no time.

  8. Whoa, such a beneficial web-site.