How To Not Be Intimidated In The Gym!

A very common issue, especially for those who are just starting to train is feeling intimidated in the gym. That is why this article will be focussing on how to not be intimidated in the gym!

Very likely, we have all experienced this sense of intimidation to some degree. Myself included.

When I first started training, the thought of what others may think of doing this exercise, or using this weight occasionally crossed my mind. The great thing was, it never held me back from doing what I knew to be beneficial. I believe this built a great habit and is a big reason why I have zero feeling of intimidation in the gym now.

I have a few great perspectives to share that may be able to help you with this! I am sharing them because I know they work!

Perspective Number One – The Truth on Judgment:

The first and biggest thing for anyone beginning their fitness journey to realize is that 99.9% of the people in the gym aren’t judging you what so ever. This is true despite what you may think!

I know many of the people in my gym, and a lot of them would be considered the stereotypical “intimidating” bunch. However, no one ever judges. Matter of fact, people are generally pumped that others are taking control of their health!

At the end of the day, people will either have no opinion or will be super happy that you are in the gym taking control of your health. Whether you’re skinny, overweight or are just looking to live a healthier lifestyle!

For the vast minority of people that are judging others, this is what I have to say about that; the only reason they are judging is because they have their own insecurities that they feel self-conscious about. They are judging because it makes them feel better about themselves. At the end of the day, why would you care what anyone who is judging you thinks? Especially if it is someone who is such a coward that they are judging based on their own insecurities.

Perspective Number 2 – You Don’t Know It All Off The Start:

Many people are nervous that they will look foolish in the gym. No one ever started off knowing exactly what to do. I am confident in saying this because I highly doubt anyone who is stepping in the gym for the first time has done a ton of research on working out. Even if they have, they won’t have the experience to do everything correctly, regardless.

All you can do when you start is your best, while being safe. If something seems dangerous, don’t do it. If you’re standing on a medicine ball trying to do squats, you may get some weird looks. Chances are, you would give yourself a weird look too since you know it isn’t a safe and effective exercise option.

If someone is performing super-fast, sloppy reps done with little range of motion, there is also a good chance they will get some stares. That’s because this isn’t safe, nor is it effective. You should be controlling your reps both for safety and so you can get your technique down to effectively perform the movements. I bet you would also give yourself a weird look if you were to do this.

I’m not saying everyone has the ability to use a full range of motion for everything. However, that doesn’t take away from the fact that controlled reps should be used!

The moral of the story is this; understand you won’t be perfect when just starting out. However, also be sure to use common sense. Staying safe is the priority, using good technique from the geico is also beneficial for long term progress/results! Just relax… oh wait, that’s my third perspective. On we go!


At the end of the day, all you’re doing is going to the gym and exercising. You’re doing the same thing everyone else is doing. Whatever you’re worried about likely won’t happen. If it does, it likely falls under the, f*** other people’s judgment category, or the use common sense category.

Plain and simple!

Just Workout!

Well, everyone, the moral of this article is to just go to the gym and rock it! Has this information been able to help answer your concerns about intimidation in the gym?

If it has, that’s great! That was the exact goal of this article! Thank you very much for taking the time to read it, I am very happy it has been able to help you! What would be awesome is if you considered leaving a comment below, it is always great to have a discussion on topics we just learned and I would love to have one with you!


Here are some other articles that may be beneficial for your knowledge!

Progression For Weight Training

How to Stick to Training

How to Create a Workout Program


So be sure to drop any questions/comments you have below!

Until Next Time,

Kohl Johnson

Please refer to my liability disclaimer to ensure you know who is responsible for use of this information after reading.

Support is much appreciated if you benefited from this:

Kohl Johnson

I am a 16-year-old fitness fanatic! I have learned nothing but quality training and nutrition information from the utmost well-respected individuals in the field. Now, my only focus is to share this knowledge with you for your benefit, in the most honest way possible. We are all in this together! LET'S GO!

8 Responses

  1. Its a very normal thing we all experienced from the start when we just joined a gym, you feel you’ve not done enough because of the productivity of someone else, one thing I want us to understand is that when it comes to training in the gym, we all have different capability and this what should matter to us, your own pace is your own pace, it’s good to be challenged and motivated, let it urge you forward and not urge you to over stress your limit. Thanks for this information.

  2. Kohl,  It is very true that all that go to the gym have the goal of getting in shape and no one was an expert in the beginning. Many of the gym goers I know are more self concious about themselves even after years of going to the gym.  The toughest time to go to the gym is when you first start. Once you start going and feeling the benefits of better sleep, more energy and clothes fitting better it also gets easier and easier. 

  3. I so much agree with you that no one is in the gym to judge anyone and this is very similar to every gym. What I do most of the time when I encounter people who complains of be intimidated, I just tell them to face what they are here for and donor squarely, it’s a thing of process, the person you feel intimidated by also started somewhere so it shouldn’t be an issue. I’ll share this article with some of my new gym buddies.

    • Hi there, that’s so great to hear that you help others who feel intimidated in the gym! What you said about everyone starting somewhere is so true! 

      Let me know what your gym buddies have to say about this article!

      Thanks and have a great day!

  4. Well, i wouldn’t want to say this is not applicable to me, this is because I do my workouts at home in my husband’s gym and i sometimes invite my trainer friend to take some sessions with me, so I can’t actually feel intimidated by myself, lol. People getting intimidated is a thing of choice, what you set your mind to is what you’ll get, the person you claim to be intimidated by might not even notice you, so as you’ve said, face your own training.

    • Haha, makes sense! And yes, that is very true. The choice of letting the potential judgment of others dictate your actions is 100% up to you!

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