Intimidation is a big thing for most gym go’ers.
We even have an area in my facility that Women name ‘the men’s area’.
It’s not their area at all!
It’s just where the squat racks and free weights are.
These can be ‘intimidating’ because people feel like they’re being watched.
But let me tell you something.
Other people in the gym are so focussed on themselves – they probably don’t even realise you’re there.
If we removed our mirrors I honestly think we would lose 50%+ of our members.
Fitness has become so narcissistic that people honestly can’t bear to train without reflection.
When you think there’s a guy watching you squat.
He’s not, he’s just caught a vein in his bicep and he’s walking closer to the mirror to admire it.
The big meatheads?
Trust me on this one, they have the most insecurities of anyone in the gym.
Thus usually the main reason for being so large.
The largest bodybuilders I have ever met are also usually the kindest of people too.
Worrying about what other people think is a huge waste of your time.
My biggest issue however is that people are worrying about what others think to the extent they don’t visit the gym on their own or get done what they need to get done.
That’s the most ridiculous thing going.
The gym has become a hub for self obsession and vanity for all with the occasional person who just wants to be a little healthier and slimmer.
Body dysmorphia is rife and social media isn’t helping.
90% of the people training are admiring themselves and checking the amount of likes their last instagram post got between sets.
People won’t even notice you’re there.