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New To The Gym (Read This)

By Dan Doenges | In Uncategorized | on July 24, 2019

What Is It Like To Be New To The Gym?

The first thing to know is that there are two sides to this coin – one is the experience you are having relative to you: what you see, what you feel, and how you think others are perceiving you. The other side is how everyone else is actually perceiving you – a shared reality which might not be what you think.

So let’s start with yourself – you may feel like a fish out of water. You know this is the right place to be, certainly you have made the decision to see if it’s right for you. When you first get out to the fitness floor you may think that people are watching you, particularly noticing your inexperience. You may feel right away like what you are wearing or how you are going about your workout is a dead giveaway that you are new.

Shared Reality

Now let’s talk about the other side of that same experience – the shared reality of everyone else. First off, yes a few people may notice that you are new, but know that they don’t care because they see new people come into the gym all the time. Second, and most important, everyone is really focused on themselves. Other than noticing that other people are working out around them, they truly don’t notice anything about you. Try this out: when you are running on the treadmill you see some people are going faster or slower, or may be a male or a female, but you won’t be judging them. You will be too worried about yourself just as they are about themselves.

Focus On You

When you think about what you are wearing and what workout you are doing, the key is to just be yourself. This is not middle school or high school, everyone values individuality, so just do your thing. In terms of your workout, do what you can, not what others are doing; this experience is about you and no one else. No one is at the same level, there is always someone stronger or more experienced, and also someone less experienced; everyone is in the same boat.

Once you focus on you and start to build a routine, your stress will go down, your confidence will go up, and you will notice that the shared reality of everyone working on themselves is much closer to the truth than what you first thought.

We can’t wait to have you here and help you achieve your fitness goals. If you are nervous or have questions please email Dan at ddoenges@gmail.com or Leslie at lkdoenges@gmail.com.

2 Comments to "New To The Gym (Read This)"

  • Alis Headlam says:

    July 26, 2019 at 4:54 am - Reply

    Dan, well said. After years of being a member I have come to realize that my abilities and capabilities are unique to me. No one judge’s me more than I do. I have made many good friends and find the time at the Fitness Center the highlight of my day.

  • Dan Doenges says:

    July 26, 2019 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Alis, that is so great to hear. Yes, we all tend to be the hardest on ourselves and that’s why the change is well within our own control. Your dedication to your heath is awesome and fun to watch!

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