Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lies in the gym: The weight room is "no girls allowed"

If you frequent the gym (heck even if you've only been a handful of times), you don't have to be a rocket scientist to notice that there aren't very many women/girls in the free weight area. When I work out, I am usually the only girl in sight while in the weight room. Occasionally there will be another woman in there, but it isn't often. This is partially because I go to the gym at a time when there are less people in general, but I would say it mostly has to to with the fact that many women are intimidated by the weight room.

I get it, I really do. When I first started going to the gym regularly I stayed far, far away from the area in the back of the gym with the free weight and sweaty grunting men. The area is more of a separate "room" in the back of the gym, it is secluded, therefore it seems as if you need permission to enter. There are men in there with huge muscles throwing around heavy weights and giving you side eyes, daring you to get in their way. The free weight room is intimidating, there really isn't any way around it.

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Now though, looking back, I almost laugh at myself for being so silly. The weight room is open to anyone, I don't need permission to go in there. And those guys? They never gave me a second thought (well there was one guy but that's another story). It definitely took a few weeks of consistantly using the weight room by myself before my self-conciousness went away. If you just joined a gym, or have been a member for a while but are a little unsure about venturing into the weight room, here are some things you can do to make the transition:

Have a plan
I cannot stress the importance of this one point enough. With anything we do, we always feel more confident when we know what we're doing, right? The same goes for in the gym. You're going to have a much better time (and better workout) if you go in there with an agenda instead of wondering around trying to figure out what to do next. You can write it down, save it on your phone, or (if you're good enough) commit it to memory.

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Familiarize yourself
Along with having a plan, you need to know the layout of your gym and the weight room itself. You need to know which end the lighter weights are on versus the heavier weights. You need to know where the leg press machine is, or if there's more than one. Having a plan isn't going to help you any if you aren't able to find your way around.

Go with a friend
Working out next to a bunch of guys is intimidating, and when you're doing it alone you feel like EVERYONE is staring at you (they really aren't). But it helps to have a partner, whether it is your boyfriend or another girl, to chat with between sets and to spot you so you won't have to ask a stranger!

Wear headphones
Personally, I don't work out with headphones. They get in my way and I don't have one of those cool arm band things and stuffing my phone in my bra isn't that much fun. BUT I think more people work out with music than without. Not only will the music help pump you up, but wearing headphones is the easiest way to convey the message that you aren't here for chit chat.

Get in the zone (aka ignore everyone)
Not saying you have to be rude and not speak when spoken to, but the less you watch other people, the less you'll think about them. When I am working out the last thing I'm worried about is anyone else. I'm usually staring off in to space or at myself in the mirror, and guess what? So are all of those sweaty, grunting men. Unless you are dressed scandalously or doing some thing really crazy awesome, they aren't giving you a second thought. I am continuously repeating myself to guys in the weight room ("Excuse me, are you using this bench?") because they aren't paying any attention to me at all.

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Just remember that everyone is at the gym for the same reason, to work on their personal fitness. If you've never stepped foot into the free weight room then I challenge you to give it a try the next time you're at the gym instead of spending that hour on the elliptical machine.
 

35 comments:

Tracie Everyday said...

I love all of this advice! As someone who is soon going to marry one of those meatheads at the gym, I think it can also help to ask them to spot you/check your form. Making friends with one or two of those dudes can also make it less intimidating.

Jennifer Dunn said...

This is great! I started weight lifting last january and i've been SO much more results than I ever did with just doing cardio. It's definitely intimidating at first when you are the only girl in the free weight section (and i usually am too) but if you know what you are doing, they just act like you are just another one of the guys.

Kaeley @ My Mind's Lens said...

This is great advice . . . the free weights can be super intimidating. My friend and I usually stick to the ellipticals and the weight machines - but maybe we will venture out this week :)

Kayla Peveler said...

I work out at Planet Fitness and they pride themselves on being a "no judgement zone" so it was pretty easy for me to get into the swing of things as far as free weights/etc. I was still intimidated people might judge me only based on my terrible form, but luckily Caleb has helped me a TON with that!! :) good for you girl. Get ittt!

Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

YAY FOR WEIGHT LIFTING! I used to be so intimidated in normal gyms because I knew I should be lifting weights but didn't know what in the heck I was doing... now after CrossFit I have a bit more confidence. I'm definitely a believer that lifting weights is what sheds the fat and makes women look way more 'buff' than pure cardio does!

brooke lyn said...

let's be honest the majority of the weights guys are throwing around are too heavy for them anyway and they aren't even lifting properly.

Jay T said...

I used to have a friend whose mom was a bodybuilder and she came to the gym with us and showed us tons of stuff to do with the free weights and it was FUN! I haven't done it in well over a year but this post seriously made me really want to go back and do it. A LOT. I feel like you're probably a badass when you're in the gym, fyi.

Abbey said...

I am definitely intimidated by that room. But glad to hear the intimidation goes away! Maybe I'll make the bf go with me to start. :)

Brittany said...

It is so true!! The free weights area scares the crap outta me. The having a plan part? Super important!!

Sarah said...

The free weights scare the crap out of me..especially the people in the room using them!
These tips are very helpful :)

Morgan said...

I feel like this post was written just for me! It's all the advice I needed to hear! When I go to the gym next, I'm staying away from the eliptical and hitting the weights. Challenge accepted ;)

Rachel Murphree said...

Great advice! I love what lifting weights does for me, but I would be too intimidated to go into the weight room at a gym. I've been using free weights at home, but I'd love to be able to strut into a weight room and really show my stuff some day.

Rachel said...

You need to give me a speech about the gym. I have a membership but I HATE people looking at me (social anxiety!) ahh

The Lady Okie said...

Having a plan is so true! If you know where you want to go and what you want to use, you don't feel like such an idiot wandering around. Great tips! Stopping over from Recently Roached :)

Hallie Oceanside said...

I needed this advice, I always get so overwhelmed even looking at that side of the gym, but I know I need it!

Great job girl!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

a post tugging at my heart! i LOVE lifting; always have and i loathe cardio but i do it anyway because i know i have to.

i was never intimidated by the weight area; i figured that everyone is there like me: to get their lift on.

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

yay for girls in the boys section! And I agree, wearing headphones really does say that you are not hear to play!

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Kelly
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