It’s normal for anyone to be intimidated by the gym if they’re going for the first time — especially women.
Fitness is hyper-sexualized now, just like everything in American culture, and a lot of the best exercises for women can look a bit sexual in nature.
It’s bad enough that you’re worried about doing the exercises correctly, but you don’t want to act like you’re having sex with a barbell in front of a bunch of people.
Fortunately, most of your fears and concerns about lifting weights are completely exaggerated in your mind — then there are others that are real. For example, creepy guys are going to stare at you sometimes.
But that’s the price you pay for exercising and having a hot body, right?
All things considered, the pros of lifting weights as a woman far outweigh the cons, and that’s why it’s worth it to overcome your fears and just do it.
1. Everyone Has to Start Somewhere
We were all gym noobs at one point — meaning we had no clue what we were doing.
It’s only normal to not be an expert at something when you first get started.
The vast majority of gym-goers are understanding and supportive of people who are new to the gym. Personally, I love helping people get into fitness.
The only people judging you for not being a fitness expert are the people who have low-value opinions anyways.
You’ll find that as much as you build up this fear of humiliating yourself in the gym — most people aren’t paying as much attention as you think.
2. The Average Guy is More Insecure Than You Are
I think most women see a gym as a domain for men, and there is some truth to that, but that’s not really the case anymore.
Women have no reason to feel insecure in a gym. In fact, most men who lift wish their girlfriends/wives would lift weights too.
And the truth is the average guy today is incredibly insecure. Just look at the current state of dating if you need proof.
While you might feel insecure working out around a bunch of guys, chances are they are more insecure than you are.
When I see a girl in the gym lifting weights, it immediately gives me the impression that she is confident — even if she isn’t in the best shape.
Confident women intimidate average guys.
As you start lifting weights around the guys, you’ll notice that not only do people treat you with respect, but your self-confidence goes up too.
3. Either They Get It or They Don’t — Who Cares
There’s a good reason more and more women are lifting weights.
It’s not because lifting weights burns more calories than cardio.
It’s not because girls want to get super strong.
It’s because girls have figured out how to grow a big booty.
There’s no shame in that — I’m a fan of it, actually.
However, the problem women face when they start lifting weights is that they find out what exercises they have to do to build a great ass.
Most of these exercises involve some sort of hip thrusting from a variety of angles.
Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time in the gym or has any basic understanding of fitness will understand what you’re doing and won’t think it’s weird at all.
Then there will be some people who just don’t get it.
Some exercises just look weird and can feel awkward to do. It is what it is.
The way I see it, anyone who knows what you’re doing won’t think anything of it, and anyone who doesn’t recognize what you’re doing doesn’t know what they’re talking about anyway.
Who cares what they think?
4. Headphones Will Keep Most People From Bothering You
If you want to get in, get your workout done, and get on with your day, you probably don’t want people trying to chat you up the whole time.
I’m the same way, and thankfully, so are many others.
One of the unspoken rules of the gym is that a person who is wearing headphones doesn’t want to talk.
All you have to do is where your headphones the entire time and you will avoid 98% of people who want to waste your time.
It really is that simple.
5. The Gym Builds Mental and Emotional Strength
Fitness is just as much a mental game as it is a physical game.
You have to break mental barriers before you can break physical barriers, such as hitting a new PR or pushing through on a tough set when you’re feeling tired.
As I mentioned earlier, lifting weights will build your confidence — it also improves your mental and emotional strength. That’s right, in addition to booty gains, you’re also going to make a ton of mental gains by lifting weights.
The fact that you are intimidated by the gym (when you know there are plenty of girls who workout in dude-infested sweat boxes around the world) tells you that you need more mental strength.
The act of doing something that scares you, and seeing it through, will make other intimidating tasks seem much easier.
Long story short — if you’re scared of the gym, go anyway, and soon enough you won’t be.
While it’s definitely understandable to be intimidated by the gym as a female, I can assure you that your worries are most likely blown out of proportion.
The world needs more women who lift weights.
So don’t worry about what other people think and get in there and do your thing!
Your future bikini body will thank you.
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