Have you made it your new years resolution to head to the gym and start weight training, yet are still holding back because of ‘gym-timidation’?
You’re not alone, so many of us feel nervous and find the weights room extremely intimidating, especially if you’re not a seasoned gym goer.
For many women it’s not just the motivation they lack, but also the confidence.
Walking into a room full of ‘juice-heads’, crop tops, protein shakers and equipment you’ve never seen before can be daunting especially if you have no idea how to attempt a lat-pulldown.
However you will be more than surprised to know that most people training are so focused on their own session or their mirror sefie and probably won’t even notice you’re there (remember: everyone was a beginner at one point).
We’ve teamed up with Lara Gya, winner of two ICN Victoria overall champion titles to come up with some tips to help with gym confidence, work our buns off and leave feeling accomplished:
- SET A GOAL & HAVE A PLAN
- TRAIN WITH A BUDDY OR JOIN A CLASS
- WORK WITH A TRAINER
SET A GOAL & HAVE A PLAN:
We all have that ‘dream body’ we want to achieve so why not work towards it? Break it down and reach your mini goals when working towards the bigger picture. These can be reps, increasing weights, building muscle or decreasing your fat percentage, no matter what they are you now have the chance to smash those goals.
No matter what you don’t want to walk into the gym with no idea why you’re there – You’ll make it easier for yourself to settle for minimal effort or ditch the gym entirely.
Having a plan is curtail when wanting to make the most out of your workouts it helps you with time efficiency and gives you the confidence while doing them.
How many times a week are you training? Three times…four or five? Set a plan for each day (Legs on Monday, back on Tuesday, shoulders and arms on Thursday… the possibilities are endless) and plan your workouts accordingly so you can stick to them.
TRAIN WITH A BUDDY OR JOIN A CLASS:
If you’re new to the gym, classes are a smart place to start to familiarise yourself with the people, the set up and maybe learn some new exercises you can put into your training regime.
Having a training buddy will make your workouts a lot more enjoyable, and help you stay consistent.
WORK WITH A TRAINER:
A personal trainer will help you stay accountable, help you learn better technique, reach your goals and help you feel comfortable in the gym without feeling alone or like you’re being watched.
However we know that a PT can be quite expensive especially if you’re looking at training three times a week.
If you have a pretty good idea yet are still not 100% sure don’t be afraid to ask someone for help with a machine or a piece of equipment.
Most gyms have a team of qualified trainers and staff who are willing to help, otherwise ladies, maybe there’s a cute guy you’ve had your eye on that can give you a hand.
Being new to exercise its important to start with bodyweight movements, such as squats and luges, this will help improve your technique before adding weights that may cause injury.
Everyone was the new kid on the block at one point, making the effort to change their overall fitness and smash their goals, people respect that and will always be willing to help!
Started from the bottom now she's here...and she's still going! Lara Gya is one of Australia's rising athletes taking on her fitness journey with two ICN Victoria titles and working towards a third!
However her journey did not happen over night, being accustom to a lifestyle of indulgent foods with minimal exercise sought Lara working towards a change for the better.
Shifting her goals and developing a healthy relationship with her workout routine, food and body image lead Lara onto the path of competing.
"I have overcome my fears, hesitations about joining the gym and have now grown to absolutely love working out. I love the feeling of accomplishment it gives me once I finish a hard session and just being in my own space to smash my personal bests...Not to mention that I can now lift more than most guys in my gym, and also probably eat more then them too hehe."
Dropping just over 20kg's and breaking the social barriers, this girl is beyond inspiring!
LEARN FROM LARA:
As a student of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Bachelor of Biomedicine up her sleeve this pocket rocket is on her way to become one of Melbourne's hottest Personal Trainers.
Not only offering custom workout routines to her clients, Lara also offers guidance in nutrition, developing individual meal plans catered to achieve specific client goals.
Lara is also well and truly experienced when it comes to competition and mentors a wide range of clients that are looking towards making this their ultimate goal, she certainly knows all the ins and outs of the industry and will guide you to your best body yet!
Learn more about Lara's journey through her blog and Instagram page