A Note to The Girl Who Feels Uncomfortable in the Gym

I, like everyone else in the world, made a New Year’s resolution to hit the gym and lose that extra 10lbs I am carrying around. To be honest, this was honestly less of a New Year’s resolution, and more of a “Jesus, that’s what I look like in photos?!” kind of moment. But anyway, finding time to go to the gym is never easy for me. I feel like I constantly have things going on. After I work an 8 hour day, I need to go home and spend some time with my dogs, eat/cook dinner, grocery shop, and just chill. So for me, hitting the gym looks like setting a really early alarm (I LOATHE mornings) or hitting the gym sometime after dinner. In my world, neither of these situations is ideal, but something’s gotta give here.

Anyway, I hit the gym around 7pm last night for the first time since the New Year. Before we get ahead of ourselves, lets establish that I am a cardio/body-weight exercise person; maybe a couple of free-weight exercises here and there (and this works for me). When it comes to heavy weights and fancy machines, I have NO idea what the hell I am doing. When I got this gym membership last year, I promised myself I would step out of the box and learn some new techniques. And I have; I have learned to use some of the arm and leg machines without looking like a complete idiot, but that’s about the extent of it.

Fast forward back to last night, I walk into the gym to see all kinds of new equipment. I went through a range of different emotions from “Oh Cool!” to “Oh Shit”. For example: I have heard great things about TRX equipment; but when I actually tried it out, I looked like one of those videos you see on Facebook with the people all tangled up in the cables.

So to the girl who feels like she looks like a complete moron when trying out new equipment in the gym: I see you. No one is staring at you. Please keep trying. If people are looking at you, it’s just because they admire your willingness to learn and persevere. Good for you. Girl, keep your head up and keep pushing. I’m rooting for you!

XOXO,

Parker

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