It’s normal to feel a little self conscious at the gym. Now matter how “fit” or “thin” or generally-athletically-awesome you are, there will always be someone better than you. You wonder Am I doing this move right? Am I lifting enough? Oh no, is that crotch sweat? If the gym makes you feel uncomfortable or self-conscious, you may stop going. You’re not alone. Gymtimidation (the feeling of intimidation at the gym) is very real. It keeps a shocking number of women at home for fear of anxiety and/or judgement at the gym.
Sixty-five percent of women actually avoid the gym over a fear of being judged, according to a survey of 1,000 people across the U.S. by Fitrated, a platform for gym equipment reviews. By comparison, only 36 percent of men felt that way.
The list of this fear goes on. Fifty-five percent of women feel they’re being judged for “not looking fit enough,” 49 percent fret about their clothing choice, and 25 percent fear being stereotyped. (See: How to Pump Up Your Body Confidence at the Gym)
Since not even top trainers are immune to a little gym anxiety, they’ve got the expert strategies to help you score some major confidence gains. Here’s how to increase your confidence at the gym and crush a fear of being judged. (Then check out these 13 Easy Ways to Make Your Self-Esteem Soar.)
Let’s put an end to the gymtimidation you feel.
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Faith Ellis is the creator and writer for Ladies, Lattes, and Lifting. She aspires to help women on their fitness and health journey and provide them with real and safe ways to reach their weight loss goals. In her free time, Faith enjoys writing fantasy novels, meal prepping, and spending time with her husband and two furbabies in their home in North Carolina.