Psychologist In Los Angeles EXCERPT:
Yep, it’s a real thing, and it can mess with your fitness goals. Here’s how to get over it
Giving in to gymtimidation means you’re unlikely to reach your fitness goals—a sucky way to start the New Year. But you can overcome it by using your fear as a motivator, suggests Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles–based psychologist specializing in self-esteem.
Freaked out about using a TRX trainer for the first time? “Tell yourself that no one is born knowing it, but you’re going to learn, and ask a gym staffer to give you a primer,” Thomas says. Feeling flabby and unfit around so many tight, toned bodies? “Turn that embarrassment into your motivator to get in shape,” she adds.
Popping in earbuds and working out to a playlist you love will also ease anxiety by blocking out the people and gear around you. “It’ll make you feel less self-conscious and more in your own world,” Thomas says.