Who else hates the gym as much as I do?
I had so much anxiety about my training appointment this morning that I woke up three hours early for my 8 am session and successfully gave myself a stomachache.
What’s wrong with me?
I used to LOVE the gym.
I’m not lazy, I’m not shy about working out in front of other people (I mean, hello, I jump around in spandex on the internet), but it never gets easier.
I hate going – every single time.
But I do like my trainer – a lot. He’s deep into a fresh Bible study, so even though we don’t necessarily share the same spiritual beliefs, we have the most incredible conversations. I feel like he was sent to me to work out some rigid ideas of my own that I hold onto too tightly.
While I was working out this morning, I tried hard to figure out exactly what my problem is. I could only come up with one thing… I’m just not vibing on the atmosphere. I just can’t keep myself in my own head.
I hear every conversation – the cursing, the negative body comments, the celebratory body comments. I see the big muscle men flexing in the mirror, the women tugging at their clothes to cover up “trouble” spots.
I’m sure a lot of you would wonder why I even pay attention to other people, but that’s just what I do. I love getting fit in group environments because of the energy I get from other people on the same mission. I’ve always preferred a group yoga class to a private home practice.
I almost never work out alone.
In this atmosphere of aggressive, physical focus (and no, I don’t think it’s everyone, and no, I don’t think that there isn’t an element of internal growth in traditional strength training), I tend to feel un-inspired.
But I like my trainer.
And I like getting fit.
So is it ok if I just say, “I hate gyms” and never go back… can I avoid ever having to get over it?
Where’s your favorite spot to exercise, work out, practice yoga asana, meditate… does the location even matter to you?
I want to hear your thoughts in the comments below… go ahead and tell me if you think I’m crazy!
Stay blissed in! xx