Sure, I had a room full of people looking at me when I almost broke the gym floor, but two minutes later they went back to doing their own thing.Here’s the truth: everybody else is also self-conscious of how they look in the gym.
If you’re not convinced by the idea that most people aren’t paying attention, you should know that you aren’t exactly a lvl 1 entering a lvl 50 zone.
I’d say that in my 14 years in a gym, 90% of the gym-going population doesn’t know how to exercise properly.
Because you’re reading Nerd Fitness, you know how to build your own workout and that machines are the devil.
I remember the first time I ever set foot in a gym.
I was 16, a day removed from getting cut from the basketball team, and I planned on getting “big and strong.” The problem, was…I didn’t know what I was doing!
I sheepishly wandered from machine to machine, doing a set of this, 10 reps of that…and then I tried to do the ONE exercise I thought I knew: the bench press!
After loading up more weight on the bar than my total weight, my spaghetti arms shakily removed the weight from the safety rack, and I proceeded to drop it directly on my chest.
Panicking, I slowly rolled my body to the left, and watched as the weights spiraled off the end of the bar.
The weight hit the ground and sounded like a gunshot. I quickly raised the bar to the safety rack, and hoped nobody noticed…until I saw about 40 pairs of eyes staring at me.
My entire body (now lopsided due to only having weight on ONE side of the bar) drastically shifted to the right. Fortunately, since then, I’ve made every mistake known to man when it comes to training in a gym over the past fourteen years.
Today I’m going to review all of the fundamentals of gym etiquette to give you the confidence to get out of The most important lesson I had to learn while training in a gym: nobody actually cares about you.