Thanks for all the niceness that flowed toward me after yesterday’s post. I received some wonderful comments and emails yesterday and it really made my day better. Thank you all so much for the support and love when I’m feeling down (whether I can help it or not). Sometimes I worry about sharing the less than positive aspects of my life, but in the end it always seems worth it. I’m usually comfortable and happy with myself but sometimes I’m not. Sometimes I have bad days. Sometimes I have “fat” days. Sometimes I have to fight against what is going on inside me body to feel good. I think sharing those experiences is just as important as the successes. So thanks!
Today I was dreading my workout because I wasn’t happy with my gym. But I’m back and I have to say it was an awesome workout.
I got really lucky with my gym situation. You might remember that I was deciding between gyms and went with the cheaper option that was a gym filled with lots of free weights and big dudes using the free weights. The first week or so that I used the gym I only did cardio and group exercise classes because I was too overwhelmed by the free weights section.
I know my way around a gym after working at several and being a member of others, but I admit that I didn’t feel comfortable in this gym. I didn’t want to find my own place in the free weights section to get my strength training done. Part of the problem is that we went during the busiest time of the day and the free weights section was packed with guys. I didn’t feel comfortable using that area and I was regretting my membership there because what good is a gym if you aren’t looking forward to using it and don’t feel comfortable enough to use it?
But I lucked out big time. The gym changed! Literally, they changed the layout and vibe of the gym over the weekend. They told us when we joined they would be closing temporarily for renovations and this past weekend they did it.
Originally when you walked into the gym you walked directly into the large free weights section. Not once did I see women in there and that is partly why it was so intimidating to me. The women stuck to the other rooms off to the side that housed the cardio equipment and the class studio. But in this new layout you walk into the big open room with the cardio machines and a few weight machines. I think for the first time I finally saw women in that room! The huge free weights section is then off to the side and the room for classes is upstairs. It’s a much better layout in my opinion because it brings all the gym members together and it’s much less intimidating.
Thanks to the new gym layout I was comfortable and I finally did a strength training workout. It felt nice to be able to do my thing and work my muscles in the new area they had created. I’ve got everything I need available and I don’t even need to venture over to the free weights area except for access to a few cable machines. I was able to complete a great upper body workout and 30 minutes of cardio in a space where I felt comfortable. This gym might work out for me after all. I’m going to get strong!!
Have you ever felt uncomfortable in a gym? How did you fix the situation?