Get over your gymtimidation
After achieving his own personal weight loss of 150 pounds and overcoming his “gymtimidation,” certified nutrition consultant Alejandro Chabán knows firsthand the struggles of entering the gym as an overweight rookie. Here are his tips to solve some of the most common problems for those new to the gym.
Problem: Lack of knowledge
You’re there, and you have no idea how to use the machines or all of those weird balls. The only thing you see is all those expert people jumping from one machine to the next, and you just stare at them with a confused look on your face without knowing where to start. Invest in one session with a personal trainer who can show you how to use the machines and design a specific routine for you. Another option that’s cheaper is to go on YouTube and look for different video tutorials that show you how to work every muscle and offer fun cardio routines to practice at home.
Getting to the gym the first few days and looking at the girl next to you and wanting to compete with her is a very bad idea. The only thing you’re going to do with this is feel bad if you can’t keep up with her. Don’t compare yourself to anybody. Your only competition is yourself. You don’t know the other girl’s story, what drives her or how long she’s been doing this.
Problem: Publishing your training
When we’re first starting, we want everyone to know what we’re doing, and we share it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and every other social media outlet. This causes us to spend more time on our phones than actually working out. Leave your phone in the locker or use it only to listen to music. Stop telling the world you’re going to work out and just work out! If you don’t work out, you won’t have any results to share.
Problem: The wrong clothes
This doesn’t mean that you should get the most expensive and trendy clothes for the gym; it’s about having the right underwear, pants, shoes and socks. This is important for you to feel comfortable, confident and to avoid injuries. I used to go to the gym with those huge heavy cotton shirts that were always three sizes too big. When I saw myself in the mirror, I got even more depressed and lost all my motivation.
Problem: Too much stuff
When you go to the gym, try to take as little as possible. I used to take a padlock, water, my phone, an iPod, a bag, towels, my protein shake, my wallet, a book and 40 other things. This just made me lose my focus, and I always ended up losing stuff. Try to take as little as possible and leave everything in the locker.
Alejandro Chabán is one of the youngest motivational speakers in the U.S. and is a best-selling author for his book De Gordo a Galán (From Fatty to Hottie). Chabán dedicates his time to sharing his life experience of battling obesity, anorexia and bulimia during his teenage years and how he was able to transform himself into an admired actor, author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Chabán created the Yes You Can! Diet Plan, the first and only diet plan created by Hispanics for Hispanics.