Believe it or not, I’ve had gymposter syndrome. I was not always brave enough to walk on the weight room floor.
My journey to the squat rack was not overnight. I’ve always loved the idea of lifting weights but I was afraid I would get bulky or look hurt myself. In high school I took a weight lifting class for PE but refused to do any movements that I thought would jeopardize my gymnastics and dance classes. In college I refused to use the weight room floor because I had no idea how to lift weights and I was intimidated by all the frat stars on the squat rack. Even when Brenton and I started going to the gym together in 2016 I was a strict cardio only kind of gal. It wasn’t until I found the fitness community on Youtube/Instagram that I realized weight lifting was going to be the best way to lose my post grad weight and build my booty.
Now I’m out of my booty builder phase and all about getting strong, but I’m thankful to the booty builders for getting me to the gym floor. Reflecting on my journey, I’ve realized the hardest part was getting over my “gymposter” syndrome and realizing that I am allowed to take up space on the gym floor.
Here are some of my tips for getting over fitness imposter syndrome
- A gym buddy. I know this won’t work for everyone, but if you can try to find someone to go with you. Having someone with you will help you feel less alone on the gym floor. If I hadn’t had Brenton to go with me to the gym it would have been a lot harder to get there. Another option would be to hire a personal trainer or take a free training lesson at your gym to get acquainted with all the equipment.
- Follow a program. It is so much easier to try a new move if you can watch someone else do it first. I started by following Youtube or Instagram workouts from Meggan Grubb, Whitney Simmons, Robin Gallant and Nikki Blackketter. From there I took the leap and bought my first Natasha Oceane program. Brenton and I have now worked through three of her programs and we are loving the results.
- Stand up for your space. As a small woman I have had multiple men try to make me move or tell me that I am doing a move wrong. After enduring unsolicited advice for the last four years I’ve realized I can just ignore them. I promise that there is a magical and empowering feeling to just stare blankly at a gym bro who is trying to intimidate you.
- Noise cancelling earbuds. These are super helpful for the above. You can’t mansplain weightlifting to me if I can’t hear you. It’s also a great way to annoy your partner by not noticing their screams for you to help them.
These are my 10 tips for fighting gymposter syndrome and getting shit done at the gym. Did I miss anything? Leave your tips in the comments below!