Toxic Gym Thoughts and How to Overcome Them
We’re going to fill you in on a little secret. You know those nagging thoughts when you’re at the gym that you’re not as impressive as the sculpted runner to your right or ripped lifter to your left? We have them, too. Everyone has them. They’re natural. The trick is to not let them drain your energy or distract you from your goals. Follow these six tips and you’ll be fine. Better than fine. Awesome.
1. These People Must Be Training For the Olympics. It can be daunting to see other members who are hitting it at such a high level. It happens. But their story isn’t your story. Be the hero of your story. You deserve it. It’s nice to be curious about other people at the gym but keep the focus on yourself. That way you can’t lose.
2. I Wish I Looked Like That. Ah yes. Mirror envy. It’s easy to be self-conscious. But try to keep this in mind: your physical appearance is only one reason to exercise. There are many other outcomes and victories that are internal. Focus on how exercise makes you feel: energized, happier, peppier, calmer. That’s reason enough to celebrate your routines. And celebrate when you see improvements in your physique, which will come.
3. I Need To Lose Weight Before I Go To The Gym. Stop and re-read that sentence. Doesn’t make much sense, does it? But for so many people this is a barrier. It shouldn’t be. Signing up for a gym isn’t like enrolling in the Marines. There isn’t a physical requirement to join. In fact, we can help you get in shape for the Marines if you want, or just finish a 5K. Check in with a trainer. They’re there to help. We promise: no judging.
4. This Weight Machine Is Totally Confusing. You may be right on this. Some of them are hard to figure out, at least at first. But that’s where help from your friendly gym trainer can help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You may think everyone’s watching. But they’re not. Everyone’s lost in their own objectives and so should you. First step: figure out that machine!
5. I Just Don’t Think I’m a [Yoga] [Weights] [Cardio] Person. Think of a gym as a place to experiment. Mix things up a bit. Try new things. Be bold! And don’t worry that others may be more advanced than you.
6. Keep It Positive. Not every workout is one for the record books. But don’t let past performance get it in your head. Learn to let go of poor performances. All athletes have control over is right now. That is where thoughts need to be. Stay in the present and do your best!
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