I can see you, out of the corner of my eye. Wearing the baggy t-shirt and joggers and the bright white new trainers. Looking like you aren’t really sure what you are doing here. Trying to figure out how to work the machines.
You are new here, aren’t you?
I saw you having your induction the other day.
It’s a strange place isn’t it? Full of people drinking protein shakes and talking a foreign language full of terminology and wearing tiny gym clothes. Then there are the big scary muscly guys grunting in the squat rack. Not to mention the superfit skinny folks sprinting on the treadmill. Then there’s the first time you walk into a class and everyone else has been going forever and knows the routines and each other.
It’s hard at first, isn’t it?
Do you know something? I used to be you. Not all that long ago. I might look like I know what I am doing now. I might have all the workout gear and the expensive trainers and I like to hang out in the weights zone. But I used to be ever so slightly intimidated of the fit people and the machines that I didn’t know how to work. I used to be the one wondering if anyone, maybe everyone, was looking at me and thinking that I shouldn’t be here.
So don’t give up. It won’t take you long to figure it all out. To stop feeling out of place. I believe in you, if you believe in yourself. You have taken the first, and probably most difficult step, by just walking through the door.
You’ve got this.