how to look pro at gym

I think the majority of us want to have an active, healthy lifestyle. We want to feel good, we want to look good, and we want to have awesome self confidence that generally comes with the feeling and looking good. But, there’s this little problem – you hate the gym. Perhaps you simply hate working out, or you simply can’t seem to find the right exercise for your needs and schedule.

Well, I’m here to help. Here are 7 ways to be a boss in the gym (or anywhere you want to get active).

1. Have a Plan

This is probably key to having an “enjoyable” time at the gym. When I first started working out (over three years ago – wow!) I would kind of wonder aimlessly around the gym sitting on whichever machine looked good/wasn’t occupied. This was terrible! I felt lost, like I wasn’t being productive, and like everyone was staring at me.

As soon as I came up with a workout plan, I felt more confident, more productive, and like an overall bad ass when I went to the gym.

2. Figure Out a Time That Works Best For You

Some people are early risers, some people are night owls. Maybe you’ve been going to the gym after work and find yourself counting down the minutes or scrolling through your phone until it’s time to leave. Perhaps it could be time to try going in the morning before work, so that you can have more free time in the afternoon to lounge around or get household chores accomplished. The same can be said for going in the mornings if you constantly find yourself snoozing the alarm and missing workouts.

It’s also great to have a schedule. Are you planning on 3-4 workouts a week? Try working out on Saturday or Sunday instead of four weekdays (hello more mornings to sleep in!) or alternating the days you go each week.

Read also: 8 Ways To Make Morning Routine Perfect

3. Find Workouts You’re Comfortable With and Make You Feel Good

If you’re not in to weight lifting, that’s okay! If you’re not into cardio, that’s okay too! There are literally hundreds (and hundreds) of ways to be active and stay in shape. I prefer a mix of cardio, weight lifting, and HIIT just to keep my workouts from getting monotonous.

If you’re not sure how to use a treadmill, consult a friend or a skilled specialist like a personal trainer. It’s critical to understand how to operate any gym equipment, such as weight machines or cardio machines, properly so that you don’t hurt or injure yourself. If cardio is too much for you at first because it is exhausting or you lack confidence, start with stretching in a quiet section of the gym. It’s all about becoming accustomed with the setting, the environment, and being at ease with oneself at this point.

Read also: Elliptical Or Treadmill For Performing Full Body Exercise

If you’re lost, I would recommend starting with pinterest or just google “workouts for people who don’t like ___” and see what you come up with. Try something for at least a week before you totally give it up and don’t be afraid to try new things. A coworker convinced me to try Zumba with her one day (something I thought at which I thought I’d fail miserably) and I love it. I try to do a class a few times a month now.

4. Invest in Quality Accessories

Invest in some quality headphones or earbuds – the ones that came with your phone usually wont cut it. I currently use this style, and I love that the earbud is shaped to my ear rather than just a round piece of rubber, and they aren’t totally noise cancelling so I feel comfortable running on the road because I’m able to hear an approaching car.

5. Choose comfort over style

Yes, we all enjoy looking great while working out, not to mention the extra attention we attract *wink*, but you should always dress comfortably when going to the gym. Clothing that is fashionable does not have to be uncomfortable. Form-fitting garments made of stretchy fabrics are ideal since they allow for more movement and flexibility.

The best part about going to the gym is that no one notices how you look. If they do, it’s evident that they aren’t putting in enough effort in their own training. Simply be yourself and wear whatever you feel most at ease in. It doesn’t matter what you look like or what sounds you make, the gym may quickly become your own personal fortress of solitude.

I would advise a beginner to go to the gym at off-peak hours or have a guided tour so that they are not as uncomfortable.
Most large gyms feature a women-only workout section for females. I recommend starting there until you’re more comfortable.

6. Don’t Overdo in the Beginning

Many beginners make the mistake of not warming up. Warm up thoroughly and mobilise the areas that will be used throughout the workout before beginning any session. In addition, failing to adequately warm up can raise the chance of injury.

Start slowly and give yourself time to increase your fitness level before raising the intensity or taking that challenging class.
Even if you used to be quite active and are resuming a regular exercise regimen, ease into it for the first few workouts to allow your body to adjust and adapt. Pushing too hard too soon nearly always results in injury or aggravates an existing injury. Yes, you want to lose weight, but keep in mind that you didn’t get it all at once, and it won’t come off in the same amount of time. Begin by setting a weekly target of two to four 30-minute workouts.

7. Have Fun

Don’t worry about what the people around you are doing. Or thinking. Or looking at. They are probably as self conscious as you are – or at least they were at some point. Let loose and have fun with your workouts, after all, this is about building yourself up and creating a better YOU!

So now I want to hear – what helps you be a boss at the gym?


I’m a writer, new mom and foodie. I love sharing what I know while making others feel beautiful. On this blog, I share my healthy lifestyle, simple meals, fitness tips and experiences.

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