One of my soccer coaches frequently gave a pep talk that I affectionately dubbed the shin-guard talk. He would use it when our team started commenting about how tall, fast, strong, etc. the other team was —i.e. we started shaking in our shin-guards. In the shin-guard talk our coach outlined all the things we had in common. Just like us — they put on their soccer uniform to get ready for the game. Just like us — they got their water bottles ready. Just like us — they double knotted their cleats. The message was: they may look intimidating, but they are human too — just like us.
Going to a gym, studio, or community fitness center can be intimidating. When I first started going to the gym, I found myself looking around at all the people who were so strong and fit. I felt like I didn’t belong, and my first reaction was to flee. Then I remembered that — just like me — they probably felt uncomfortable during their first visits. Just like me — they were there to get healthier. Basically, I gave myself the shin-guard talk.
If you feel intimidated to go to your local gym, community fitness center, or studio, don’t be afraid to break out the shin-guard talk. You may need more help to make your gym, studio, or community center visits more effective. You may need someone to support you during your visits, ensure you’re doing a balanced workout with proper form.
If asking for help sounds intimidating, just remember that — just like you — the person whose help you need has probably felt uncomfortable asking for help at some point.
Thanks for reading. I hope you have a safe and healthy week.