In my short time as a personal trainer I have encountered so many people that have struggled with gym anxiety...
It's completely understandable if you have never have stepped foot in a gym before, it's a new environment and the fear of the unknown kicks in. You may find yourself building up the gym as a place only filled with super-fit people, with 'beach bodies' and rippling abs. That these hybrid humans will look you up and down, wonder what on earth you're doing there and judge you on the way you walk on the treadmill..
Of course anyone who has ventured into this fearsome land, will know that actually.. it's not so bad. Most members of the gym are there to do the same thing as you, lose weight, get fitter, stronger etc.
There are some gyms are geared up for more niche fitness avenues such as; body building, but they're usually advertised as such, so don't panic!
On the other hand you may have been a member for days, weeks, months, even years and you find yourself having a period of time away from the gym due to; illness, lack of motivation, having been on holiday, etc. and when you try to get yourself back to the gym, you find you can't bring yourself to simply come in that gym door.
The longer you put it off, making excuses; 'I'm tired.', 'I'll go tomorrow.', 'My back aches.', the more you allow your mind to build up your return so intensely, you can't even bring yourself to get inside the front door.
Now maybe you're reading this and you can resonate with that feeling?
Have you ever found yourself driving straight past the gym, instead of parking up and heading in? Or sitting in your house and doing anything you can to not leave?
What are you thinking about when this happens?
How many 'what if's' are filling your mind, fuelling the fire of anxiety that feels so overwhelming?
I've been there myself, physically being unable to leave my room to go to the gym, feeling like someone has sat a cement block on my lap and instead continuing to scroll through social media that leaves me with no tangible positive gain.