Joining a gym or martial arts academy or starting a new workout membership can make you feel intimidated. If you’re feeling nervous about starting a new program, first know that you’re not alone in feeling this way.

Here are a few ways to help you overcome gym intimidation and get you on your way to achieving your martial arts and fitness goals:

1. Focus on personal improvement.

Sometimes intimidation can come from the pressure that we put on ourselves to perform. If you’re getting ready to start something new, remind yourself that you’re a beginner, and that’s okay. Set aside any expectations that you have to be the best on the mats. Instead, focus on learning and your own personal improvement.


2. Ask about one-on-one training options.

The idea of joining a group class may be holding you back from joining a gym or signing up for a membership. Group classes are indeed a popular way to work out, and they come with a lot of benefits. However, it’s not your only option. Many gyms and studios offer personal training options, which might be a more appealing option for you.

3. Try a group class.

A group fitness class creates a fun and supportive environment for participants. Rather than showing up at a gym and trying to come up with an effective workout to do that day, a group training session or class eliminates the questioning and doubt. Instead, you have a knowledgeable instructor there to guide you through a great workout. All you have to do is show up ready to train hard.

4. Recruit a training buddy.

If you’re nervous about joining a new gym on your own, recruit a friend or family member to sign up with you. You’ll feel more comfortable starting something with someone that you already know. Plus, you’ll immediately have another person to hold you accountable for making it to your weekly workouts.

At Systems Training Center, we’ll help you connect your martial arts and fitness goals to how you train, think, and live. To learn more about the programs we’re currently offering and how to get started, contact us today.