Fitmark Ambassador Catherine Divaris explains how much you can accomplish if you just step out of your own comfort zone
Step, hi-lo, boot camp, spinning…. you name it, I’ve done it. As a fitness instructor, you’d think I would be comfortable working out in a gym, right? Wrong. Up until about a year ago, the weight area of any gym was a scary, scary place. My old gym actually had a low barrier around the free-weights, an actual physical deterrent for who were scared and insecure about weight training.
Fortunately, I got over that fear, in part, thanks to the popularity that figure/fitness shows have gotten of late. What better motivation for someone who wants to compete than to see national level female competitors banging those weights on the ground after a hard set. There is none. If they can do it, so can I.
I would consider myself a gym-rat now and I wear the name tag proudly. The feeling I got when I threw a plate (45lbs) on each side of that barbell and squatted for eight reps was an indescribably high. You don’t have to be chest pressing 200 lbs in the gym to feel a sense of accomplishment. Weight workouts are necessary for your health and developing your physique. Start with exercises you feel comfortable with and go from there. Ask people, there are so many people who are willing to share their knowledge and help you with technique if you’re unsure.
Oh yes, and if you’re still nervous about being judged, just hop on a piece of cardio equipment and scope out the gym floor. Chances are, you’ll see all kinds of people, experienced and not, banging out some weights with their own goal in mind. Everyone has to start somewhere, so take a chance on yourself and step out of your comfort zone. The results are worth it.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013