Let’s admit it—working out isn’t easy. In fact, if you’re doing it right, it’s quite difficult. But that’s the point. The more you put into your workout, the better and stronger you will feel in the end. No matter how tough it gets or how many times you may want to quit, squash those unwanted thoughts and channel your inner winner.
What’s great is that you’re not alone. Even people who appear to be well trained or in better shape than you are can be sharing the same fears, pain and insecurities that you have. Take a minute to read some thoughts you’re likely to encounter during your workouts, and how to address them.
“How do I use this?”
It isn’t exactly first nature to understand how to use exercise equipment and machines. But through practice and education you can easily learn how to set up machines to fit your needs and how to keep proper form while using machines.
For example, pay close attention to the visual instructions posted on our Cybex machines for a basic understanding of the exercise. If you are still unsure, there will always be a YouCoach on site who will be more than happy to assist you with the machines.
Want to get even smarter about working out? Consider learning the most effective exercises for you by signing up for personal training sessions with our certified YouCoaches. Our trainers offer knowledge and support to take your fitness abilities to the next level and eliminate any feelings of intimidation at the gym.
“Why did I do this to myself? Is it worth it?”
Yes! This question will undoubtedly arise during your sweat session, but the answer always remains the same. Keep your goals in mind, and remember that your workouts won’t be easy, but they’ll always be worth it. If your workout is too easy, try different techniques that will make it more difficult, like amping up your treadmill routine or trying your hand at interval training. Need a little extra motivation? Look at past pictures compared to pictures now, or take your measurements to see all those inches you’ve dropped!
“Why is everyone else stronger than I am?”
While it may be tempting to compare yourself to others at the gym, it has the potential to put a damper on your progress. If you see people whose physical abilities are inspiring, try reaching out to them and partnering with them on your next workout. A gym buddy can be that last motivational push you need during a tough workout. If witnessing other people’s achievements and personal developments at the gym is preventing you from achieving your own personal best, keep in mind that everyone is different. Remember, you are your own best competition.
“I’m so glad I did that!”
Then, it hits you. Everything becomes clear, and you can suddenly remember the reason that you started in the first place. You feel great, both mentally and physically, and are ready to hit the gym the next day (and maybe even the day after that). There’s no better feeling than finishing a workout. You did awesome!