For Those Facing Fear in the Gym, Familiarity Often Helps

Many people make excuses, but relatively few ever achieve their ultimate fitness goals. There are many reasons why people commonly fail to get the exercise they need in order to become as physically fit as possible. While some of these have some grounding in reality, others tend to be of kinds that really should never stand in anyone’s way. As a new article at points out, for example, no one should ever neglect exercise because of intimidation or outright fear.

Intimidation about working out, in fact, is probably more common than most would think. Fitness experts have for years highlighted how certain factors can make gyms seem like unwelcoming, intimidating places, and plenty of work has been done to address the issue. While measures like gender-specific gyms or workout rooms can help in some cases, so can helping individuals confront and analyze their own feelings. In many cases, it will become clear that intimidation rests, at least partially, on misconceptions about working out that can easily be overcome.

As the author of the Man Vs. Clock feature points out, a few of these crop up again and again. One common reason for intimidation, for instance, is the appearance of various forms of exercise equipment themselves. For many people, weights, racks, treadmills, and other kinds of fitness apparatus are intimidating in their own inherent right.

Certain of these feelings will often melt away on their own as familiarity increases. Many people, for example, feel as if machines that allow for controlled, guided weightlifting are intimidating and possibly dangerous. In some cases, simply understanding how such a machine works and the purpose that it serves will help a person become comfortable enough to make the leap to using it.

Once that happens, intimidation tends to become a thing of the past quite quickly. Actually experiencing the feeling that comes with using a weight lifting machine tends to work against the sorts of preconception that breed intimidation in the first place. Even just a few minutes spent working out in this manner, in fact, will often be all that it takes to help break down associated feelings of intimidation. Before long, even someone who formerly felt fear when thinking about the gym will often become much more comfortable.