When I first joined the gym, the cardio sector was my abode. I never, ever strayed away from my beloved treadmill to the weights area simply because I knew that I would feel: 1) awkward, 2) self-conscious and 3) as though all the guys were scrutinizing me (even though they aren’t!). However, I am proud to say that working out at the weights area is now almost a norm to me. How did I manage to drag myself away from the cardio machines, you ask? Well, here are some of my tips on how you can slowly start to call the weights area your new home.
1. FIND A WORKOUT PLAN THAT INCORPORATES WEIGHTS
Referring to a workout plan will prevent you from walking aimlessly around the weights area, figuring out what to do all while being awkward! A workout plan will tell you exactly what exercises to do and what weights are required. This way, you will feel less like a lost sheep among (muscular) wolves. You can find many workout plans on this website.
2. WEAR A CAP
Now that you’ve made the bold step of entering the dungeon of testosterone, you need to leap over another hurdle, your self-consciousness. I used to be very, VERY self-conscious. I would constantly look around to see if anyone was watching (or judging) the way I was working out. However, wearing a cap down low helped me focus more on my exercises. A cap will assist in blocking out your peripheral view (and also the judging stares coming from beefy guys which honestly are just in your imagination!).
Plugging in earphones and blasting music into your ear will help shut out outside noises. You’ll be able to get lost in the music as well as drone out the little voice in you that keeps saying “They’re looking at you making a fool of yourself!” Listen to fast paced music such as EDM, as the upbeat tracks will help motivate you to slay your workout. Besides, wearing earphones at the gym is almost like the universal gym sign for “Don’t Disturb Me!”
Hopefully those three tips will help you girls to start venturing to the weights area. Remember that you shouldn’t let anyone (even huge, buff men) or anything to stop you from reaching your fitness goals. You can do it!