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You don’t have to feel anxious and intimidated at the gym. You must understand your fears, “take the bull by the horns,” and overcome those fears.

So many people are held back from reaching their goals due to their fear of the gym. Fortunately, if you want to know how to feel less anxious at the gym, there are ways to reduce intimidation and eliminate those fears.


There are 4 main causes of feeling intimidated and anxious at the gym.

The first reason is having no clue what to do or where to start. Hiring a personal trainer can help you feel confident and provide you with the knowledge necessary to incorporate your own personal exercise regimen into your daily routine. Therefore, you won’t feel like you have no idea what you are doing, or like others are starring at you thinking the same.

The second reason that you may feel extreme anxiety about going to the gym is because all too often, we compare ourselves to others. This is all a part of human nature. We can take these comparisons and make them positive. You could frame them as showing you have room to grow instead of highlighting your flaws. The other approach would be to avoid comparing yourself to others, altogether.

The third major reason for feeling intimidated and anxious at the gym is feeling as if others are constantly judging you. Always remember, people who go to the gym are there to work out, not to judge you. If you notice someone is looking over in your direction one too many times, it’s probably because there is a clock behind your head, they like your shirt, or because they heard the loud slam when you dropped your weight stack! Don’t overanalyze and remember everyone is there for the same reason.

The fourth and final reason for gym anxiety is feeling as if you don’t belong. You may feel as if everyone at the gym are all a part of some close-knit gym family and you are the newbie; the outcast. However, early on in a gym-going experience, stepping into the gym is like teleporting to Narnia. Nothing is familiar, and everyone seems like a lifelong member of a club you didn’t know existed. Over time, you’ll start to feel more comfortable in the gym. You’ll feel like a member of the group because you are a member of the group. You will become more comfortable with increased gym exposure. The more you go to the gym, the better you’ll feel about it and the less gym anxiety you’ll have.

Do not let others intimidate you or cause you anxiety. You can overcome these fears.

Alex Cole

As a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as a native of Morehead City, my goal is to make sure that my community is happy and healthy. My passion for fitness began as an adolescent. I have been working in the fitness industry for going on twenty years. Although I have pursued education in other fields along the way, health and wellness have been my calling from day one. I enjoy motivating others to live life to the fullest in a happier and healthier way.

Work Cited

Eliasben. “How to Stop Feeling Judged at the Gym: Overcome Gym Anxiety.” Routine Excellence, routineexcellence.com/stop-feeling-judged-gym-psychology-gym-anxiety/.


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