I was out of town today and I had some free time, so I decided to go to a new gym. After I paid the guest fee, they pointed out the different parts of the gym, including the women only exercise room. What? Ladies come on, if there was a men only exercise room we’d be furious, we’d be boycotting and signing petitions, we’d be burning our sport bras!
There is no need to be intimidated by the “big scary” weight room. Believe me, the guys are there for their workout. They are busy looking at themselves and their muscles! They are not laughing at you for picking up the 5 lb weights. As a matter of fact, I bet it is more intimating for a guy to go into the weight room than it is for a woman. The guy can’t help but compare himself to the big burly weight lifters.
Don’t be afraid of the weight room. You will get a much better workout and achieve your goals faster with free weights than you will with “nautilus-type” machines. Plus, dumbbells, barbells, and plate loaded machines offer much more diversity so you won’t get bored with the same old workout.
This being said, I must admit, I had to take a deep breath tonight as I entered the weight room and took up my dumbbells at a new gym! Give it a try and let me know what you think!