Many of us know strength training is important, but for several, especially newbies, beginning a lifting program at a gym can be a scary feat. Even I have been intimated by weight rooms at times. But not to fret, I’m here to explain some of the top reasons why people avoid the weight room and how to look like a pro and more importantly, overcome your fears of the weights.

Top reasons why people are intimidated by the weight room at the gym

  • Don’t know how to use the weights or machines
  • Don’t know how to perform exercises correctly
  • Don’t know what exercises to do
  • Feeling self-conscience
  • Fear of being judged

6 tips to getting over the fear of the weight room

Many of us set New Year’s resolutions to get healthier, for those of you still holding strong to your fitness goals you have found a gym and have gotten your bearings. Now it is time to take the next step and approach your workout like a pro and start getting the results you’re looking for. Over the next week, you can look for one tip a day to help you get over any lingering gym-timidation.

Tip 1: Educate yourself on the weights and machines at your gym
Tip 2: Come up with a plan
Tip 3: Find a gym buddy
Tip 4: Remind yourself that everyone starts somewhere
Tip 5: Give yourself something to be excited about
Tip 6: Get yourself acquainted with gym-etiquette


I am a National Academy of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT), but not a registered dietitian. My blogging is simply a documentation of my life and personal experience. The information contained in my blog posts and Instagram account is for educational and informational purposes only. The opinions I express are mine alone and should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult with your physician or medical professional before making any changes to your current routine.