gymtimidation-why-are-you-avoiding-the-gymIs Gymtimidation Real?

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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