CONFIDENCE TO WALK INTO THE GYM
When I was a former personal trainer at a luxury fitness gym, I came across several prospects about training. Much to my dismay, I had several clients that never trained at a gym in addition to never working with a personal trainer. The number one reason why they never went to the gym outside the fact of how intimidating fitness enthusiasts can be in comparison to with their out of shape bodies and lack of overall gym knowledge is—-the unwillingness to get uncomfortable.
I have to admit, my immigrant parents often point out growing up how obesity is one of the leading factors of death in America. I would hear their “when I was your age, I had to walk two miles to the river and back to fetch heavy buckets of water for my family of eleven right before I go to school” stories everytime I whine about going to the nearby grocery store for them. In their eyes, I am spoiled and entitled to first world problems and originally took on sports in high school to make them proud.
The idea of having everything accessible in the United States, whether that be food, transportation, and other consumables is what makes people too comfortable. Let alone, exercise can be uncomfortable and tampers with our pampered reality. As we live in a society where we can “keep the indoor temperature adjusted to perfection all year round, wrap ourselves in soft clothing, wear thick-soled shoes to protect our feet from harm, lay on cushy beds draped in poofy covers, and shower and scrub with warm water and soap every single day”, not all of us have to have the necessity to do manual labor for hours to survive, but breaking out of our comfort zone physically is more difficult for most people than we can imagine.
Here are many of the discomforts I have heard people (myself included!) blame on exercise:
- I hate sweating a lot because I have a bad body odor.
- I get either too cold and/or hot.
- I hate being out of breath when doing some type of cardio.
- What if the bar/ weight drops on me?
- I can’t do anything today because I just got my hair done.
- I hate sore muscles that last all day.
- I don’t like working out on my own and I get discouraged when I miss more than three days.
- I hate blisters and calluses.
- It’s raining, well, looks like workout out is a no.
- I can’t get up early in the morning to work out before I go to work.
- I might get injured and I personally don’t know what I am doing at the gym.
- I hate going out at night when it’s too dark and/or cold.
- New York City has so many social events and doesn’t want to miss out like that.
- The gym is too boring and summer is almost here.
- I hate working out in front of people at the gym.
The list goes on, we find a million ways to show how uncomfortable the gym can be. However, people can also list the many personal problems they face on a daily basis. Some of us are unhappy with how our bodies look nor wish they can do certain skills, particularly women who wanted to do pull-ups. From observation, people that are willing to sacrifice being uncomfortable so they can better themselves often not only break from their comfort zone and see the results but are able to apply this in real life, increase their confidence and live more daring lives. If you are willing to make changes in your life, whether to change careers, run a business, ask a crush on a date, etc, I challenge you to be willing to compromise your comforts and get used to being uncomfortable.