In the meantime, there are a variety of things you can do to ease your adjustment period and help you feel at home in no time.
Don't Compare Yourselves To Others
There's no doubt you're going to see a lot of fit men and women at the gym. People older than you may be keeping up a pace on the treadmill that makes you feel agonizingly slow.
But consider this: It's doubtful those people looked like that, and performed at that pace, during their first visit to the gym. It took time and effort to get there. Like you, they had to start somewhere.
Train With A Friend
Joining a gym with a friend can ease those feelings of self-consciousness and intimidation. You'll both learn together, have fun, and be a source of support for each other. And in time, you'll be comfortable enough to go on your own.
Don't Fear Failure
Again, everyone starts somewhere. You may think that everyone else in the gym knows how to do things correctly, but at some point they were exactly where you are, the beginning. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
Take A Class
Most gyms offer a variety of classes to target a wide range of needs. Joining one is a great opportunity to be with others, and to ease the monotony of doing the same workout routine every day.
Music Is Your Friend
Not only can music help take your workouts to the next level, it also enables you to “hide” (behind a set of headphones) if you're still feeling a little shy about the experience.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
Don't wear workout clothes that may be in style but that you aren't comfortable wearing during workouts. Always be as comfortable as possible so you can focus on getting the most out of each workout.
Again, it's perfectly natural to feel uncomfortable when joining a gym for the first time. But following the above tips, and asking for the help of trainers and staff like those at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo, can make the transition easy.