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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

When I first started lifting weights on my own, I was really intimidated to lift around (muscle) men. To me, they were all these big guys who had been lifting since they were in the fetus, they knew exactly what they were doing and they use every machine possible at once. I always felt like I was in their way or felt like I didn't belong there because I was only using a 25lb dumbbell and they were using a 50lb. At least those were my (stupid) perceptions.

As time went on I changed the way I look (or don't look) at them while I'm lifting. Thank God I realized that:

A) I don't care if I'm in their way - they're in my way!
B) I'm working just as hard, if not harder than they are!
C) I pay just as much money as they do to use this equipment!

Being intimidated was one of the reasons I used to not lift and just did the classes at my gym, which are 90% women. I loved lifting in college, but that was with my team, not around any guys. One of the ways I got over the intimidation factor was to get comfortable, familiar and therefore confident.

Know how to do the exercise
Go online to or Google the exercise you're not familiar with. While you're at home, go through the motions to get comfortable and familiar with what you're supposed to do. Do the research before you get to the gym, so you have good form and you're not staring at a machine like it's an alien.

Go to the gym early
To get comfortable with a new exercise or workout go to the gym early. When you go during peak hours it's crazy busy and what you need might be taken. If you're trying to get in a good lift it's best to go first thing in the morning, early afternoon or late at night. Personally I go at 4:15am or 3pm. When I'm trying out a new exercise, it's nice to be there when no one's around so I can get comfortable with what I'm doing.

Keep focused and workout
When I go to the gym, I'm there to workout. It's cool now because I've been going to my gym(s) for a couple of years now and know some of the trainers, so I'll have mini convos with them here and there. But if I'm not talking to them, I keep my head down and focus on what I'm doing. I don't care what anyone else is doing. (I've actually run into people a couple of times because I've been so focused.) Put your headphones in and tune out the world. In reality, everyone is probably doing this so no one cares one bit what you're doing in there.

Check out this "Michael vs Mia" Gatorade commercial from back in the day (aka 1997ish)

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