5. Ask for help. 

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, there will be moments when you will need assistance, especially as your workouts get more intense. Don’t attempt to do everything on your own because that can lead to serious injury.

If you don’t know how to use a certain machine or you need a quick spot on the bench press, ask a trainer for help. However, if none are available, turn to someone nearby who seems capable of doing the job.

6. Get a workout partner…
Gym anxiety buddy
Pixabay: Gym partners at work.

For the first few weeks of training at a gym, a workout partner can motivate you to go beyond your comfort zone. Together, you can participate in classes, such as aerobics or spin, and share useful information.

Additionally, a buddy can hold you accountable for missing sessions and check in to make sure you’re sticking to healthy practices outside the gym. Of course, that depends on finding the right person with whom to share your fitness journey.

Train with a partner who understands your drive for self-improvement and is committed to growth. Don’t put your faith in someone less interested in working out than you.

7. …But don’t rely solely on another person.

Your gym buddy may be amazing but your drive ultimately comes from within, and only you can inspire you to make a change. No matter how much someone nags you to add an extra cardio day or even just to get out of bed, the decision is still yours.

Furthermore, don’t abandon your journey if your gym buddy is unreliable. Use lonely days at the gym as opportunities to build your confidence as you learn to navigate the facility at your own pace.

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