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Tips for Boosting Your Confidence in the Gym 

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at St Vincent chapter.

Sometimes you are not feeling the best about yourself and you get in a rut so going to the gym falls down on your list of goals. Or maybe you feel outnumbered in the gym, whether you are the only girl or the only newbie to the workout scene. Either way, you will get out of your rut and here are a few tips that can help! 

1. Bring a friend 

If you are just starting out, sometimes bringing a friend can help calm your nerves and make you feel more at ease. Having a workout buddy keeps you on track and holds you accountable. You can do the same workouts or different ones, but just seeing a friendly face will feel good in the beginning. 

2. Be consistent 

Once you start going to the gym frequently, you will get used to your routine and forget all about the nervous feelings you once had. 

3. Dress comfortably 

Wear something that you feel comfortable in whether that be an oversized t-shirt or your newest matching set of athleisure. Dress in clothes that you can easily move around in and check yourself out from time to time to see how far you’ve come! 

4. Prepare a plan 

If you are anxious about working out in the gym, do not go in without a plan. It can feel discouraging and awkward if you are just standing around unsure of what to do next. Writing down a few workouts and reps beforehand will set you up for a confident session. 

5. Make a playlist 

Listening to some of your favorite songs and upbeat music will allow you to zone out and just do your own thing in the gym. Also, there are already great workout playlists that you can follow online if you do not have one yet. 

6. Pick the right time 

Try going to the gym during slower times, like the morning, to avoid working around others and sharing machines. Test out different times or different days to see what works best for you! 


The most important thing to remember is that you are strong, capable, and determined and you can do this! Do not let any negative feelings or discouragement about working out in the gym keep you from reaching your goals. In the end, everyone in the gym is there for the same reason and could care less about singling one person out. Stop negative self-talk and start your own fitness journey, we are all supporting you! 



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Juli Cehula

St Vincent '18

Hello there! I am the Campus Correspondent of the Her Campus chapter at Saint Vincent College. As a senior psychology major, I've made the most of my time in undergrad and am excited for all the doors I have opening ahead of me. I can definitely thank Her Campus for giving me invaluable skills. As a future psychologist, I hope that my articles (and the chapter's) are able to make you feel empowered, motivate you to start a conversation, and be kind. As a hero of mine has said, "If you do not take control over your time and your life, other people will gobble it up. If you don't prioritize yourself, you constantly start falling lower and lower on your list."- Michelle Obama. Be the change you want to see in the world, and smile. Always smile!