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Gym Beginners: What Went Down During My First Time at the Gym

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

Ever since I could remember, I’ve always been intimidated by going to the gym. I felt like I would stand out since I wouldn’t know what I was doing there with all the different machines. Not only that, but knowing that everyone there would be staring at me while I worked out? No, thank you! That is until a dear friend of mine invited me to the gym for the first time the other day. At first I was a bit skeptical, but after knowing that I wasn’t going to be alone I didn’t think twice about it. I took the opportunity to give the gym a chance. 

My first time wasn’t what I expected. I thought I was going to feel out of place, but everyone’s more focused on their own workout than everyone around them. Of course, there might be some awkward eye contact and the occasional glimpses, but I felt that within the gym culture everyone sticks to themselves, which was a complete relief considering I thought I was going to be stared down for being the newbie!

Not only that, but going with my friend motivated me to go to the gym by myself. They had already shown me how to use most of the equipment, so I felt like I could go alone after we went to the gym together for a week. Of course, there will be times that you might embarrass yourself because you used a machine wrong or you drew attention to yourself when you let go of a heavy weight and it made a loud noise, but you simply laugh it off and continue to do your workouts. 

Going to the gym alone is nice, but going to the gym with someone you know makes the whole experience even better. Especially when you can enjoy their company and pass the time! All in all, I feel like I share my first time at the gym with many others, and I hope that telling my own experience can make other people new to the gym be open to try it despite what they’ve heard about it.

Mónica Zoé Haddock Marrero is a contributor at the Her Campus at UPR chapter. She’s a writer and social media designer for the chapter’s online platforms. All things health, such as nutrition, exercise, skin-and-hair care and self-care are all things she has written about and will continue to do so. Also, engrossing topics involving science and research are Mónica’s main area of interest. Apart from being a proud member of Her Campus, Mónica is a recent member in the SACNAS organization which provides professional and research opportunities for STEM students. She hopes to become a professional herself within this fieldwork. Moreover, she is currently an undergraduate at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Molecular Cell Biology. In her free time, Mónica writes short stories about fantasy and science fiction, enjoys making (as well as collecting) earrings and reads comics and stories of all kinds, specifically within the romantic and drama genre. She mostly listens to jazz or lofi while studying, but when she’s doing other miscellaneous things, Mónica listens to pop, rap, love songs and even classical music.