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I am too embarrassed to go to the gym even though I have a membership because I don’t know how to use the equipment and I have no one to go with. I need motivation to just bite the bullet and commit to becoming healthy. Does anyone have any ideas?


Posted by quickie, 5th February 2014


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  • Watch how other people are using the machines to get an idea of what to do.


  • they will show you how – you get a free session one on one with most gym memberships… have fun babe, we are all works in progress!


  • Gyms are full of staff who are friendly helpful. Don’t be scared, ask them and they’ll explain things :)


  • I started going to the gym and hadn’t a single clue, I just asked the trainers there they were very happy to help out. You can do it. Who cares what others think!


  • take your iPod and just go. I recently asked the staff at the gym if they could show me how to use the rowing machine as i’d never used it, and they were great about it. The funny thing is that once they started showing me and telling me about the settings a few other people came over and joined in learning about it too.


  • I would also ask for help! Dont be afraid, they are there to help!


  • Just do it!! And start with something simple. Use a treamill or bike to start with and watch how everyone else uses it.


  • when you pay a membership, they have to teach you how to use it or you could sue. They have a duty of care to make sure you know what your doing


  • Most gyms will have staff that can teach you how to use the equipment for free. They also give you suggestions on a good circuit and number of repetitions you should do etc.


  • Most good gyms have staff who are well-trained on all the equipment, and they’re only too happy to help out with advice and demonstrations. A lot of gyms also have classes, for everyone from beginners (a great place to start) to experts. A personal trainer would be good, but if it’s beyond your finances, just check with the gym staff for help. And don’t go to the gym in the “before or after work” times, which is when I found most of the “beautiful people” went. I went during the day, when there were regular people like me using it.


  • there are some good comments here


  • Sucks hey. We go to the gym to look better, but feel embarrassed to actually go. I’m very self conscious and it takes a lot to get me to go 3 times a weeks


  • did you end up going?


  • I was the exact same as you! I was so worried about looking stupid by asking. The PT was amazing and said you’d look even more stupid trying to figure it out than you would asking! And he was very helpful!


  • I wouldn’t be embarrassed. People ask me how to use things and i was the same when i started…


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