I used to go to the gym a very long time ago before I was overweight. I looked forward to the dance classes. I’d dash from work straight home because I couldn’t afford to miss a class. I loved the music options they used to play, it was called Rave back then. If you don’t know it then I’m too old. After I had my daughter, money was tight and the gym was a luxury I couldn’t afford.
Now I’m in a better space in most aspects of my life and the idea of joining the gym is starting to sound like a not so bad idea. The main reason I want to start is to tone my body and work on my upper body. It’s the weakest link on my entire body. You should see me trying to do push-ups or pull-ups, what a hilarious sight!
Yes, I can work out from home, I’ve been doing so for the past 5 years but why not try something different. Also, the chances of seeing a lot of eye candy to keep me highly motivated are right up there at very likely.
So what’s your problem then Fitness Bae?
Have you been to any of the top gyms in your area? If yes, you know how most of them are well equipped with different machines you can’t even name. I don’t know what almost all of them do except the treadmill which I don’t enjoy because I prefer running outdoors while taking in all the beautiful scenarios. I can’t for the life of me picture myself trying to figure out my way around them. I can already imagine the stares I’ll get from the regulars, I bet they’ll be able to see through the newbie in me.
2. I Can’t Afford A Personal Trainer
I have a lot of friends in the fitness field. I messaged a couple of them the other day in an attempt to get quotations for their services. It was then that I realised that I’m going to have to embark on this gym journey on my own and that got me double terrified. How am I going to manage this on my own? Yes, I’m a self-motivator but this is a completely different ball game. I’m such a chicken I know. However, if you’re in Harare and you need a personal trainer who will transform your body from average to absolutely amazing then @fitnessandie is your man.
3. I’ll Feel Like I Don’t Belong
The few times I’ve gone to the gym on a day pass I always left feeling inadequate. Almost everyone came through driving their car, was on the treadmill wearing the latest Apple sports watch and had fancy sports shoes that looked like they cost my entire salary. I question if I’ll be able to go and immerse myself in an environment like that one day after another and still look forward to exercising and smashing my body goals. I guess this fitness journey truly is a mental thing. What link all those material things have to do with trying to get fit leaves me wondering…
I’ve resorted to trying to comfort myself with positive self-talk. I’ve also concluded that not everyone started off a gym freak. The same way I didn’t wake up running more than 10km every day. I had to start small right? So why am I being so hard on myself?
Are you a gym freak? How did your gym journey start? Did you also face this madness I’m currently going through?