FEAR #1 I don’t want to bulk up, so I don’t want to go to the gym.
I get a lot of surprised and even nervous looks when I tell them to incorporate squats, bench press, deadlifts or any other ‘manly’ lift into their routine. The most common response I’ll get is ‘oh no, but I don’t want to bulk’.
FEAR #2 I don’t know what to do.
- Use the internet! One of the best things about YouTube is that everyone loves to film themselves giving a tutorial. There are tutorials on virtually every exercise known to man. I used to watch them and plan out a workout before I would get to the gym so I wouldn’t look confused when I got there
- Bring a friend! Go workout together if you are nervous about heading to the weights section. At least if you make a mistake you’ll have a friend to laugh about it with you, and it will diffuse the tension of trying to look absolutely perfect while exercising.
- Ask the weight room staff. Every staff member who is not simply working the front desk will have their BCRPA certification (or equivalent). They are qualified to help you with any machine/exercise you may be having trouble with. It may not be the ‘coolest’ thing to do, but you know you’ll be getting the best advice possible by a trained professional.