If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to hit the gym more often, you’re not alone. But while lacing up your sneakers and beelining to a treadmill seems fairly straightforward, it’s often not. Long story short: gyms can be intimidating. Feeling nervous about joining a gym (or returning after a long hiatus) is completely natural. To add to that, in January, gyms see a 12% percent spike in new members, according to a report conducted by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.
And working out is extremely personal for many people, so who wants to feel like a fish out of water when they get to the gym? Not us. It’s important to remind yourself that everyone starts somewhere, and mishaps or uncomfortable moments are bound to happen to us all. (Like that time we shamefully sat in the locker room for 30 minutes because the weight room was packed and we were afraid the front desk staff would notice our immediate departure.) So how can you make the gym an enjoyable place where you feel comfortable? We are so glad you asked.
Below, a few tips and tricks to help you feel confident and ready to sweat at any gym.