A common concern for many men and women who want to start working out is being embarrassed to go to the gym. A lot of folks are intimidated by the notion, thinking that all kinds of supermodel and bodybuilder types will be parading around the gym, laughing under their breath at the pitiful physiques of the newcomers. And while I can empathize with someone’s concerns on the subject, this is simply not reality.
In all of my years of working out, and in all the different places I’ve trained around the world, I have never once encountered or even overheard anyone, at any time, making fun of someone else in the gym…ever! Think about that.
The only exception to this, of course, is between some bodybuilders themselves who, with a very snide and competitive overtone, might comment to a training partner about so-and-so’s “pathetically small” calves, or something like that. But the truth is, no one at the gym cares about what you look like. They only care about what they look like. In fact, most are very helpful and supportive and you will most likely feel some sense of camaraderie among members, even if no words are ever exchanged. (This is especially true in more “serious” gyms where there are a lot of seasoned lifters.)
All of this aside, let’s say you did catch a vibe from someone or feel like somebody was judging you by how you looked. Who gives a shit? You can’t control what other people think….but you can control what kind of shape you’re in. So – get your ass to the gym and don’t worry about it.