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Hitting the gym as a beginner is a fearsome task for many beginners and they often quit before they even begin.

Physical exertion can be frightening if you have not done it in a long time and, for some people, exercising the body to the point of increased pulse rate, gasping, and excessive sweating may seem as something that may never happen.

Beginners are afraid to start going to the gym because they harbor preconceived perception about themselves.

Some think they’re too skinny and need to bulk up before they start going to the gym.

Others think they are too fat and need to get in good shape before working out.

Irrespective of your impressions, remember that no matter what you look like, these concerns remain your personal belief.

I see skinny people at the gym, and I see overweight ones. Some can only

bench the bar for a few repetitions, and others are strong as beginners and can

Jump immediately to 135 lb.

This fitness dairy, outlines measures to consider in overcoming your fears

Fear of Looking Foolish When Working out Wrongly on a Machine should be anticipated as a beginner.

For instance, if you fall out of a machine, unintentionally drop a dumbbell or slip on the threadmill, just laugh out loud but if you are seriously hurt, shout for help.

If you are unsure of how to use a particular machine, don’t be afraid to ask a gym employee, personal trainer or co-exerciser for help. None of us are born knowing how to use machines and weights. We all have to start somewhere.

 The Fear of Exhilarating Pain is a very popular factor that knocks beginners off visiting the gym. Some people avoid exercise, fearing that there’s nothing but pain in store for them. But exercise doesn’t have to hurt. In fact, exercise should not be painful. If it is, it’s time to either slow down or stop. And if you can’t breathe during your cardio workout, you’re working too hard. It’s normal to feel some twist as your body adapts to exercise. When lifting weights, for instance, you’ll probably feel a little burning in your muscles. As you get stronger, you’ll get used to your body’s response and be able to challenge yourself with heavier weights. When you first begin an exercise program, start slowly. Some trainers even recommend that you do slightly less than you think you can do for the first couple of weeks. This helps you to build a habit without the risk of burn out.

Another noticeable factor scaring beginners from working out is the Fear of Sustaining Bruises. It can be pretty easy to bruise yourself when you’re constantly moving, jumping and twisting parts of your body in class, but excessive bruising can often come from inside your body when you’re working out. Strenuous exercise, especially when doing exercises such as weight lifting, can cause tears in the blood vessels, leading to bruising. Mix up your workout types and go easy on your body if you begin to notice bruising post-workout.


Fear of Non-Fulfilment can be a barrier to improving fitness levels, only if you as an individual let it be. I believe that we are in control of what we believe about certain aspects and situations in life, and it is said that “Fear” represents the phrase False Evidence Appearing Real; we need to replace the false evidence with the truth about the fitness obstacle. The elimination of the lies will allow one to overcome the obstacle with courage, and improve fitness levels. The simplest way to deal with this fear is to set a goal you know you can reach. It’s nice to have long-term goals to work toward but, for now, do what you can handle. If you set the bar too high, that could become an excuse to quit altogether.

Fear of Perspiration is one of the common factors hindering beginners from hitting the gym. Sweating is a natural process that your body uses to cool itself down.

Sweat is released through glands on your skin and is then evaporated into the air, which provides the effect of cooling down your skin and therefore your body. Most of us cannot make it through a workout without sweating. Just how much of the wet stuff you produce depends on variety of factors such as how hard you workout, weather condition, genetics and health condition etc. Anytime you are being confronted with the fear factor of sweat tune your mind to the fact that everybody sweats and you are no exception.