“You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.”
One of my favourite quotes of all time.
Which leads me to my post today; You don’t have to be fit to workout in a gym.
Every person who steps foot into a gym has a common goal; to better themselves, in one way or another.
Although this may mean something different to each person, whether it’s weight loss, muscle gain or rehabbing an injury, the whole point of coming into the gym is to change your life.
Unfortunately people will often say that they are too intimidated or nervous to go to a gym because they “aren’t in good enough shape.” The worst part is that this will lead to their goals continuously being pushed back…and usually, to never being accomplished.
What most people don’t seem to realize is that everyone starts somewhere, and that you cannot expect to ever get into “good enough shape” if you don’t take the risk and just begin. No one ever became a great athlete or lost all that weight by thinking about going to the gym, they made the choice to get started and they stayed dedicated.
Furthermore, you never want to compare where you are at now (at the beginning of your journey) to where others are because they have probably been working at it for a long time to get there…and would never have got there if they didn’t start off a little uncomfortable.
Another thing that I have found (which is also ridiculous) is that people are worried to come into a gym because they don’t know what they should be doing… Well, that is why myself and my co-workers went to school and what we are trained for! We are educated and WANT to help you feel confident and safe in the gym. Even if you don’t want to hire a personal trainer forever it can be a great way to learn exercises that will help you reach your goals, proper form and to just get comfortable.
However, one trend I’ve noticed is more and more people starting to become active, which means more and more beginners, which means you are not alone!
Gyms and clubs (depending on the facility you go to) are becoming more welcoming to the general population. This means that the environment, equipment and staff are more accessible and less intimidating – especially if you don’t have as much experience. Furthermore they are also a great place to meet people similar to yourself who can support you along the way, and lead to lasting friendships.
You will never know what you can accomplish or how amazing you can feel if you never take the first step out of your comfort zone.
Trust me, you won’t regret it!