Gym Phobia

the_gym_will_bite_you_bannerAre you afraid, embarrassed or intimidated to go to the gym?  Don’t be, I’ll give you some advice on how to overcome your fears and if that still doesn’t work then I will present to you plan B.  Don’t stereotype gyms thinking it’s full of grunting dumbbell throwing muscle heads, it’s simply not like that, and if by chance you come across one they are the ones that look/act differently then you or I.

You need to look at the gym as a place where you have to go in order to accomplish your fitness goals and don’t worry about anyone else.  Gyms today are set up to help the average or even below average experienced gym member.  Equipment is usually very well labeled explaining the exact body part you are exercising along with how to perform the exercise appropriately.

Gym Tips

  • Sign up at a gym that is close to home or work, no longer then a 15 minute drive.
  • Sign up month to month this way you don’t have that over commit feeling.
  • Join with a friend, wife, husband, sibling, family etc. Power in numbers.
  • When you become a member take full advantage of any free training sessions they offer, if the gym doesn’t offer any ask for one.
  • Go on off-peak hours if you are a little intimidated.
  • Don’t try to be anyone else but yourself, who cares if the guy next to you is bench pressing 300 lbs. or is running a 6:00 minute mile on the treadmill.  Focus on yourself.
  • Last thing you want to do is feel uncomfortable with what you are wearing, wear comfortable gym appropriate clothing.
  • Listen to music, I tend to exercise harder listening to my own tunes compared to what the gym is playing.
  • You are not alone, we’ve all been there before.  I remember the first time I swam laps at my gym 2 years ago, I was hesitant and worried about proper etiquette but the only way to overcome it was to do it.  You’ll be surprised how quickly you can overcome your fears.

Ok so if that didn’t help here is plan B.  Work out at home. Crazy right?  As you can tell we here at The FitDads do a wide range of Beachbody workouts, from Insanity, Asylum, P90x, Body Beast, Les Mills etc.  Now you can’t use the excuse “I don’t like gyms.”  Some of these workouts involve additional equipment and others do not, they also come with a workout calendar, nutrition guide and online support.  Oh and get this the cost for these programs is much less than a gym membership.

At Home Gym

  • Insanity– best way to describe it is use your body to make your body.  No equipment needed.  The 60 day workout program is focused more on cardio which has a series of DVD’s that range from 30-80 minutes.  Press play and get ready to sweat.
  • Asylum– this 30 day program is for Insanity graduates.  Think Insanity was tough, well time to turn up the dial.  Asylum requires some additional equipment and can be purchased with the Asylum program.
  • P90x– Want to do a little less cardio and enjoy the muscle burn?  P90x gives you exactly that.  You will need to purchase dumbbells, pull up bar and bands.
  • Body Beast– want to add muscle and lots of it then Body Beast is the way to go.  This 12 DVD program is packed with muscle growing techniques to help put on that muscle mass. Additional equipment required.
  • Les Mills– less weight and higher repetition is the main focus in the Les Mills program.  Gain strength and burn major calories with this workout.  Program includes barbell and weights.

Still trying to find excuses then try this on for size

  • Buy a good pair of sneakers and begin to walk/run.
  • Get a deck of cards and perform the following workout, Clubs=Pushups, Spades=Crunches, Diamonds=Squats and Hearts=Burpee or up downs.  Example, 4 of clubs do 4 push ups, Jack of spades do 10 crunches (all picture cards represent ten), 8 of diamonds do 8 squats etc.  Aces can be either represent minute break or for a harder workout 11 reps.
  • Have a smartphone, then download a variety of apps that help you exercise in the comfort of your home.
  • Play with your children.
  • Shovel snow.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Take the stairs everyday to your office instead of the elevator or escalator.

I hope you find this post to be very helpful, if you have any questions on any of the Beachbody programs before making a decision or simply need any advice please don’t hesitate contacting any one of The Fit Dads.


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