“But what if they laugh at me?”

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.

About Bobby Rock

Bobby Rock is a world renown drummer, the author of nine books, and a recognized health and fitness specialist with certifications in exercise, nutrition and meditation. He has recorded and toured with a variety of artists, released three CDs as a solo performer and is recognized as a top drumming educator. He is currently touring with rock icon, Lita Ford. Through speaking, writing and activism, Bobby remains committed to a number of animal and environmental causes. Bobby lives in Los Angeles.
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6 Responses to “But what if they laugh at me?”

  1. Edith says:

    In this day and age if you don’t have the right appearance you are made fun of. Because down here if you are fat and you go to the gym people do look at you, make snoby remarks and they hurt very much. Because now the new look is plasic and pencial thin.

  2. Lisamarie says:

    You know what? I don’t even worry about people who put others down like I used to. When someone does that it is really because they don’t like themselves, so they have to insult others to make themselves look/feel better when really it has just the opposite effect.
    SO don’t pay ANY attention to someone if they DO make a comment, ok–what’s important is HOW YOU SEE YOURSELF!

  3. Derek says:

    Very well put! I’ll try to pass this info along to everyone who’s afraid to go to a public gym.

  4. Heather says:

    Well said.
    Yes, there is social cruelty in the world, but two things I have never observed:
    Anyone at my gym looked down on for the current state of his or her physique, or
    Anyone at the library being picked on for their academic performance.

    With an alarming percentage of the population making no effort in either area, it does seem like there is, if not exactly a sense of camaraderie, at least an acknowledgement of effort.

  5. Bobby Rock says:

    Heather –

    The gym and the library…love that comparison! True, I guess everyone acknowledges that an effort is being made, and that we all have room to improve in these respective areas.

    Well put.


  6. Bobby Rock says:

    Heather –

    The gym and the library…love that comparison! True, I guess everyone acknowledges that an effort is being made, and that we all have room to improve in these respective areas.

    Well said…


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