It's unfortunate, but plenty of people feel intimidated at the thought of joining a group class or a gym.
Did you know 1 in 4 people experience anxiety about attending the gym or attending a class due to the fear of feeling judged.
We found this statistic really upsetting but actually isn’t surprising. We have all been there at one point in our lives where we have signed up to something, not knowing what to expect and feeling a little anxious about what others think about us. We want to STOMP out gym intimidation as much as possible.
Here’s some useful tips of how to overcome anxiety about starting a class or joining the gym:
Bring a friend
There’s nothing like having a buddy to tag along with. Or find a friend who is a newbie too, and you can learn together.
Wear something your comfortable in
Hollie, one of our instructors has odd socks on every class no one cares your clothes do not need to be designer or the latest brand. Wear something you feel confident in and you can move in.
New things always feel awkward. Eventually with time and consistency, you will feel more confident. You will always be your worst critic but remember you can’t master something you have never tried. YOU CAN DO IT!
Stop judging yourself
Know that not everyone knows what they are doing. Even those who have been working out or attending a class for years still don't know everything. Especially in a class environment, no one cares, in our classes someone laughs, passes wind, the instructor can’t even count it’s all good!!!
We all have to start somewhere
First step is turning up to the class If exercise is something you want to start or do more of then turn up, try to stop worrying and just enjoy it! You can always try a 1:1 or 2:1 class with your instructor.
If your still struggling and not sure… try online you can wear your p.js and still workout and no one would know :D
Walking is also a great way to start introducing exercise into your weekly routine.
We hope to stomp out intimidation so that you never fear exercise in a group setting or on your own.