January 30, 2014

Conquering My Fear: We Joined a Gym


My workout routine for the first 25 years of my life consisted of, well, nothing. Literally. Healthy, right? I took up running in 2010, and obviously it has completely changed my life. As I began to run more, I started doing a few other workouts on occasion. I bike once in a while (and plan to more since the husband has a bike, too, now!). I was going to a yoga class twice per week (that shizz gets expensive!). I work out to Jillian Michaels DVDs sometimes once in a blue moon. But that's about the extent of it. I love running, and it's hard for me to force myself to do anything else.

Well, my husband has been wanting to get back into working out, and I miss yoga and wanted to find a more reasonable option than a private studio, so {gulp} we joined a gym. It's located near our house, but also on the way home from work for the husband, so hopefully we'll both get a lot of use out of it. Fees were reasonable, and they included all classes as well as access to the equipment and indoor pool. We were sold.

But y'all? Confession time. I am terrified of gyms. Seriously. I've literally never worked out in a gym in my life. Sure, I've been to a handful when we travel, but I usually make a mad dash for the treadmill and hope no one notices me. I think my whole fear comes from not knowing what the heck to do. I have absolutely no clue. Like what is all that equipment and what do I do with it?

I have a fitness assessment tomorrow morning along with an orientation. I'm a bit nervous but excited at the same time. Hopefully they can give me some instructions on what to do. And if nothing else, I'll check out yoga twice per week and get more than my money's worth.

So, cheers to heading to the gym. Wish me luck!

9 comments:

mommyto3 said...

I am so glad you took this step! I too was terrified of the gym for a long time. We joined a gym and I forced myself to go to several of the classes they offered. Boy am I glad I did! I LOVE my classes, the people in them, and the amazing results that came from them! It has become a highlight in my day. Please try the classes. I really think you'll love them!

BLovedBoston said...

Best of luck - gym's are always sort of intimidating - even when you go every day!! The bright side - is that everyone feels the same way!

Leslie said...

I'm sure you will love it! I always dash for the treadmills too, though.

JMc said...

I used to only use the treadmill and go to classes when I started too. You will get more and more comfortable over time. Plus most of the machines have pictures showing how to use them right on the machine. Just act like you are taking a water break and check out how to use them, lol. Now I come up with a free weight plan before I hit the gym. When I have a plan I don't feel as awkward and I get more accomplished. Good luck with your assessment and orientation!

Bri said...

Fitness Assessment? You won't just raise the bar, you'll eliminate it.

Jenny said...

When we joined our gym we got a meeting with a personal trainer included in the fee. He showed us all the machines, but like someone else already wrote the machines do have instructions on the. Just take a little break and read the instructions and you will be good to go. I also like to get online and type in arm exercises, etc and find exercises that I can do with the free weights. Just take a deep breath and jump in....you will do great!

snh said...

I've been working out at my gym for the last 5 years and literally did the same boring workouts until this last week, when I met with the personal trainer. For a SUPER small fee I told him my goals, and he told me my body fat, caloric intake goals, and came up with a full body weight routine for me. It was ridiculously valuable and I hate that I waited so long to do it! I would definitely recommend going that route!

LetsDoBreakfastAtTiffanys said...

I work in the gym industry. Don't worry what other people think - everyone is too focused on their own work out to care. But beware of the FREE fitness assessment, it's essentially a sales pitch. They assess your baseline of fitness/health and convince you that you need to PT to obtain your goals.

Elle Noel said...

Gymtimidation! I know it well- you will catch on quickly! I LOVE classes, you can learns o much there! Good luck!