Gyms are scary
January 28, 2013 2:43 PM Subscribe
Help me get over my gym anxiety and stay motivated to exercise.
posted by nickhb to human relations (31 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I am a 22-year-old guy. I was very heavy in high school, but I've lost weight and am now within healthy weight range for my height. However, I'm still doughy and out of shape. I really want to get some muscle and firm up, mainly for attractiveness/confidence reasons (doughy is not really an option for young gay guys). Here's the problem: the gym freaks me out.
I go in and it's crowded and every guy there is huge and strong and I start to feel panicky and anxious. It doesn't help that I am completely ignorant about gym etiquette, and I have no idea what to do if there are no benches open. Do I stand behind a bench and wait for the guy there to finish? Do I do something else and keep an eye on the bench area? Changing gyms is not an option for now, as I'm a college student and the campus gym is free.
How do you guys deal with gym anxiety? How do I get over the idea that everyone is judging me? How can I get past this and stick to a routine? I'm going to try going in the morning when it's less crowded, but I'm eager to hear your suggestions.