As many of you know, until recently I worked out in the basement of my home in my “makeshift” gym. I had Bowflex dumbbells, a treadmill, flat bench, roman chair, and a few other things. I made it work with what I had. I recently joined a gym because I felt that I needed to focus on certain areas with machines that I could only find in a “real” gym.
Even though I’m more confident that I’ve ever been with my body, it was still very intimidating walking into the gym (especially the free weight area) in front of a bunch of men…men that are grunting, breathing heavy, sweating profusely, and standing around. That might be over exaggerated, but you get my point. It’s a strange feeling in the beginning.
Now, I feel at home with my new gym and it really doesn’t matter who is there, or not there, when I’m working out. I focus on my workout and what I need to do in the time I have. It’s become very therapeutic for me. My only problem now is that my workout gets a little stalled because of those same “men” asking me questions about how I got so lean, do I compete, etc., but I take it as a compliment because I’ve worked really hard to get where I am today.
If you happen to be a female newbie at the gym and feel a little overwhelmed from the machines and the men, you might consider checking it out when it’s the least crowded (Sat or Sun late afternoon) and map out your plan of attack. This way you will know where everything is, how it works, and you’ll feel confident beginning your workout no matter who is around you. Don’t let other people at the gym intimidate you…pretty soon they will be glancing at you because of how incredible you look! It really is ok for girls to play with the “big boy toys”. J