SouthBMore Fitness Corner: Suffering from Gymtimidation?

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Sponsored Post from Reese Ashe of Reflex Functional Fitness:

We all have a pretty good idea what this is. When you’re too intimidated or afraid to join a new gym, try a group fitness class or bring yourself back to the gym after a maybe not so short hiatus. This is a pretty common thing in both gyms and in everyday life. Many people are afraid to try something new fearing embarrassment or failure. I believe you only truly fail at the things you don’t attempt and most times the thought of fear or the idea of failing is much worse than the real thing.

Think about getting a needle at a doctor’s office or being stung by a bee, the fear of pain is most times much worse than the actual pain itself. This happens in the gym as well. The fear or anxiety of exercise or joining a gym is worse than actually doing it. I’ve never heard anyone leave the gym saying “man, I really regret getting that workout in”. This “gymtimidation” stops you from getting in shape so you feel bad about yourself both physically and mentally. A vicious cycle that gets harder and harder to break as time goes on.

11407243_495195647314070_2711106772707763028_nAs a personal trainer, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people tell me that they definitely want to work with me or they want to try a class, but they have to get in shape first. I don’t think most people would say they have to have perfect teeth before they go to the dentist or wait until they’re over the flu before they go to the doctor. We tend to make excuses to get ourselves out of taking that trip to the gym. If any of these “symptoms” sound familiar to you, you may be suffering from Gymtimidation. If you’ve ever said:

  • Everyone else is already super fit
  • I don’t want to look bad or finish last
  • The weight room is just for the guys
  • I won’t know anyone there
  • It’s too expensive
  • I’m going to be so sore

Yup, all signs of Gymtimidation. When someone comes in to try out one of our classes, they come in nervous about at least one of these things but end up experiencing pretty much the opposite. Everyone has the same goal in mind and encourages each other throughout. While I do have somewhat of a “no knuckleheads allowed” policy, people quickly make friends and the team ends up growing one member at a time. In fact, if you go into pretty much any gym you will find a trainer or instructor that is more than happy to help you get familiar with the gym or walk you through a class. The truth of the matter is our job is literally to make sure you’re comfortable and feel at home, help you get fit and make sure you are reaching your goals. Next time you think about going to the gym and you start feeling those symptoms just remember.

  • Everyone is NOT already super fit and the ones that are had to start somewhere
  • In a group fitness class you will find support and encouragement to help you finish the workout
  • I personally know several women that can out work tons of guys in the weight room
  • BRING A BUDDY! Bring a friend for support, accountability and encouragement
  • You could spend more in one night out in Fed Hill damaging your liver than you would for a month long gym membership doing something good for your body
  • …OK, you will be sore

Starting September 14th, Reflex Fitness will be holding its last 4-week Boot Camp of the year. Boot Camp is a great way to jump-start a new fitness routine or take your current routine to the next level. All the sessions are outdoors; have built in accountability; a team atmosphere and is a great way to meet people with similar interests. If you’re looking to get back into it, stay motivated now that summer is ending or crank up your fitness level – Reflex’s Boot camp is for you.  Remember, you only truly fail at the things you don’t try so don’t be nervous to set a fitness goal, join a gym or try a new fitness routine. You’re worth the time and the investment.

14321_10205537340891704_2731418605562377805_nReese Ashe, NSPA, ISCA, and Black Belt., is the owner and operator of Reflex Functional Fitness at the Southside Marketplace in Locust Point/Federal Hill. Reese, a familiar figure in Baltimore, has more than 15 years of experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness leader and martial arts instructor. He won Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Reese Ashe, NSPA, ISCA, and Black Belt., is the owner and operator of Reflex Functional Fitness at the Southside Marketplace in Locust Point/Federal Hill. Reese, a familiar figure in Baltimore, has more than 15 years of experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness leader and martial arts instructor. He won Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore “Best Personal Trainer” in 2010, Baltimore Sun Magazine’s “Top Trainer” in 2011, and Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore “Best Fitness Class” in 2012 and was again nominated in 2014.

Reese was a four-year NCAA Division I wrestler at Coppin State and has experience in Jiu Jitsu, boxing, Mui Thai, and Mixed Martial Arts. Reese has been taught and trained by some of the world’s best, which has fostered a discipline and work ethic that he strives to instill in all his clients.

Are you interested in ramping up your health regimen? Make sure to stop by Reflex Functional Fitness for a group fitness class, a personal training session, or to get more information.

410.962.8400 – www.ReflexBaltimore.com

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