Gym Intimidation -- Let’s Eliminate it!

Employee News & Views Editor: July 29, 20148 Comments

Gym intimidation is definitely one of my pet peeves.  There are several factors that become reasons folks avoid the gym.  It breaks my heart to hear stories of folks; no matter their age, gender, or fitness level finding it too intimidating to work out in the gym they just signed up for in hopes for a healthier lifestyle.

Gyms can be very big, loud intimidating places packed with tons of strange looking machines that look like they must have been designed by a mechanical engineering grad from MIT.  We have all been there.  Standing there not knowing what to do, scanning the room and it seems as though everyone around just seems to know exactly what they are doing and exactly what every piece of equipment does. 

Tim Clark, manager of the Fitness Center, gives a few pointers to

Sophia Lucio, a medical assistant at the Deran Koligian Ambulatory Care Center. Sophia works out every day on her lunch hour and says she’s lost 24 lbs in a few months and gained energy and confidence.

I would encourage you to allow yourself to be a beginner.  We have ALL been a beginner at some point in the gym.  Don’t let that intimidate or discourage you!  The cool thing is the CMC Fitness Center staff is here to help you figure it out.

Gyms can be full of sculpted ‘beach bodies’ that may also intimidate some.  Guess what? That ‘Barbie’ running like a gazelle on the next treadmill over very well may have been 50 lbs. heavier and fresh off the couch a year ago!  Now she is in the gym five days a week so she can maintain the figure that intimidates you.   Her figure should be motivation, not intimidation.  EVERYONE has to start somewhere!  In fact we just put up a sign here in the Employee Fitness Center with an inspirational quote which will express the point I am trying to make here way more efficiently and eloquently than I ever could.

 "You don’t have to be great to start,
but you have to start to be great."

Now being an introvert by nature myself, I TOTALLY get it.  My goal and passion is to eliminate that intimidation factor as much as possible.  My intent when having a hand in designing the Employee Fitness Center was to make a gym that is as warm and inviting as possible!  Everything from the appearance, to the atmosphere, to the friendly staff, is intentional.  The vision I had in my head was to create a gym version of Cheers if you will, where everybody knows your name!  Forgive us if we haven’t learned yours yet but feel free to come in and introduce yourself!  We would love the chance to get to know you and see if we can help you achieve your personal fitness goals!  Please don’t be shy! 

Tim Clark
Manager of Fitness Center
Community Regional Medical Center

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An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a co-worker who had been doing a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So let me reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this subject here on your internet site.

You are very welcome.

You are very welcome.

I have fallen victim to gym

I have fallen victim to gym intimidation many times...then spent months beating myself up about it. Certainly the environment makes a huge difference, but to be honest, a lot of it was just me. Over the years, I have found that one of the most helpful ways to ease back in is to schedule a session or two with a personal trainer. Unfortunately, I never seem to be in a position to afford one long-term, but I can usually swing one. This let's me get familiar again with the equipment and layout, while having someone there to get me through the initial feelings of intimidation. It also gets me started with at least a few exercises so that I feel like I at least sort of know what I'm doing!

What's for lunch?

Caption under the photo of this article states that S Lucio works out on her lunch 'hour'. I work 12 hour shifts with 1-30 minute lunch. I would LOVE to know how the DKAC Center is able to afford her (and other staff members) taking a 1 hour lunch . . . I either have to come an hour and a half earlier than my shift or stay an hour and a half later. Don't get me wrong, I'll take what I can get. And I am MORE than grateful for the availability of the fitness center. I'm just curious. . .


I love the quote" You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great". Thank you to all Gym staff for encouraging me continue to work out. My problem was not so much of the intimidation. It was just not having motivation or time...but since the gym has been open in January. I have been attending and have seen it not only improve my endurance but my three sons motivation. My three sons have join a gym and are doing great. I appreciate all you do and gym ambience looks great.


The Gym is a great get away from our daily routines....The staff is phenomenal always ready and willing to help...It is my new lunch happy hour spot...

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