This post may not be how some girls feel about being a girl in the gym but I know that this is how I sometimes feel and I’ve seen others speak about it also. I don’t know about other girls but when I go to the gym I want to sweat. Plus I want to be able to go in and do a kick ass work out.
When I first signed up to the gym I didn’t actually go. I think I was signed up for a good 4-6 weeks before I actually stepped in there to do a good work out. My intentions were good. Planning on going to go 4-5 times a week, be able to get those really sick gym selfies and videos. I was going to get my body into the state where I could just wear leggings and sports bra because my stomach was so flat and toned that I felt confident enough to do it. But in honesty that wasn’t the case at all. I wasn’t confident in the gym because I wasn’t sure I was using the equipment correctly. This made me constantly think people were looking at me think ‘what on earth is she doing?’.
It took a while for me to build up confidence in the cardio section to get a good workout in. I would literally walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes, go on the cross trainer for 20 minutes and that would be my workout. I always felt that was where I needed to be being a girl in the gym and where I belonged when I entered the gym. I wouldn’t even attempt the free weights or the weighted machines. I would actually be quite scared of them. That’s why instagram became my fitness best friend. Following accounts such as Meggan Grubb just to find some fitspiration and see what I could be doing at the gym.
Then came the ‘mens section’!
My gym is probably what they would call a ‘mans gym’. Men are in there in there little groups spread out lifting really heavy weights and panting really loud. This makes me feel like I’m being starred at whilst in the gym. I hate doing cardio and like to use the weights just the men are. When I get on that bench I feel like I am being watched and judged for what I am doing. I feel like they are laughing at me because my weights aren’t as heavy as theirs. Like I’m being starred at because I am a female sitting on a weights bench and in society that is not how we are viewed and should be on a treadmill or cross trainer.
But are we being judged?
When you actually step back and take a look nobody in that gym is judging you. Everybody goes to the gym for the same reason. They want to work out and make a change to improve their bodies. None of the men in that gym are starring at you, yes sometimes there are a few lingering eyes but they are harmless. Men do no care how heavy your weights are, they are most likely more impressed that you are off the cardio machines.
The only person judging you in the gym is you! You are being your own worst enemy. Nobody in there cares what you are doing. You may find that people in there are looking at your for inspiration. Being a girl in the gym doesn’t have to be scared. I actually love being a girl in the gym, I feel like I am achieving something. I don’t always have the motivation to go and tend to have more rest days than I should. Those who do judge in the gym are in there for the wrong reasons!
Want to wear make-up in the gym? Great!
Want to kick ass? Super!
Want to not care about what anybody thinks and get your moneys worth? Excellent!