Overcoming Gym Anxiety

My first day at the gym is still vividly clear on my mind as if it were yesterday. The sounds of heavy grunting, clouds of chalk dust, the smell of sweat emanating from a collection of the fittest men and women I have ever seen were my welcome card to the world of fitness. My feet wobbled; my knees shook. I felt as if I was standing on some rising ground. The sight of the roughly twenty perfectly chiseled men lifting weights was quite intimidating. I could feel their eyes prying my worm-like body and threadlike muscles, not knowing what I was doing inside the gym. This image gave me every reason and excuse to skip the gym for the next few months until I garnered up enough guts to go back there. This was also after I spoke with several people regarding the feelings of intimidation that I discovered that I was not the only one and that there were several things I could do to overcome this overwhelming and suffocating feeling (Cuncic, 2020). The remedy to gym anxiety is hard to come by ...