Gym Intimidation -- Let’s Eliminate it!

Employee News & Views Editor: July 29, 20140 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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