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    How can I get over fear of going to the gym?

    I'm a young guy and I'm very skinny. I've thought about going to the gym, but I can never seem to get over the fear of being the smallest person, having people give me looks for being super skinny and talking about it. What could I do about this? What has helped you in the past?
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    I can't think of anything less interesting to experienced gym members than a new guy. It really is all in your head.

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    Other guys in the gym, who are there to work out and better themselves are NOT interested in you. Period.

    Are you just going to let this irrational fear KEEP you small and weak?
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    Not one person will care that you're there. We're all doing our own thing and keeping focus on that. Get your butt in the gym, my guy.
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    Originally Posted by Zephyr01 View Post
    I'm a young guy and I'm very skinny. I've thought about going to the gym, but I can never seem to get over the fear of being the smallest person, having people give me looks for being super skinny and talking about it. What could I do about this? What has helped you in the past?
    It's all in your head. Think about what you want and where you have to reach. Appreciate the little things. You will get through this. Don't worry.
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    When I see someone who is overweight or skinny in the gym I admire them for doing something about it (srs)
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    Originally Posted by MrCarrot View Post
    When I see someone who is overweight or skinny in the gym I admire them for doing something about it (srs)
    ^^^^ This. Unless the person is not putting in any effort at all and is acting like they don't want to be there and is just sitting there on their phone taking up a station and not even using it. If you're going to be there then "BE THERE" and do something.

    Sure, you have your group of lifers in the gym who are super jacked, but remember many people in the gym actually started out the same way you did, either (1) underweight/under-muscled or (2) overweight/fat.

    But really, unless you're obviously about to kill yourself I don't give most other people in the gym a second thought. But seriously, if you need a spot just ask someone, I would much rather someone ask then hurt themselves trying because they were too embarrassed to ask.
    All it takes is consistency, effort, proper nutrition, good programming, and TIME.
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    hey man its not like you have to stand in front of an audience in posing trunks. go workout.. make them want to be you
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    You are over thinking it. Dont be afraid. JUST DO IT.

    Nobody cares that you are there. People are to busy doing their own thing.

    If people see skinny/fat/older/whatever they dont even think about it.
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    It happened to me as well back then 3 years ago. I forced myself and nothing bad happened, its not as scary as what we're thinking and it just passed by. People won't care about you and even some peoples won't recognize that you're even there because they're working hard to improve themself not to criticize other peoples
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    Originally Posted by Zephyr01 View Post
    I'm a young guy and I'm very skinny. I've thought about going to the gym, but I can never seem to get over the fear of being the smallest person, having people give me looks for being super skinny and talking about it. What could I do about this? What has helped you in the past?
    everyone is mostly too engaged in their workout. And mostly everyone at the gym is nice well mostly
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    I remember when I first came to the gym I was very scared. I didn't know how everything worked, what to do, I was afraid that I would look funny and attract attention. But pretty quickly I got used to it, understood everything, and realized that those people who train here, have nothing to do with you, they are focused purely on themselves.
    To make it easier for you to adapt at first, ask the staff of the gym to give you a tour, to show how all the simulators work. They are interested in helping you because you pay them money.
    Choose clothes that will be comfortable for you, physically and morally.
    Be prepared that at first you will be confused and possibly scared, but this is normal and it will pass soon.
    Do not forget that this is all for your own good and then you will do it
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    The only people I notice are ones that can do advanced calisthenics (hand stands, planche, different levers) with good form or at all. I see people that are in great shape or not in shape at all, I don't really think anything about it. I also notice people doing push ups, pull ups and dips with poor form and limited range of motion and I just think they are cheating themselves, wasting their time and will not make progress efficiently.

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    Believe in yourself! You are your only competition; comparing yourself to others isn’t going to get you anywhere. Even if people are looking at you, convince yourself that it’s because they admire your motivation and dedication toward reaching your goals. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone has started out in your shoes at some point or another, so don’t give in to those feelings of insecurity! Keep your goals in mind, and stick with your fitness plans.
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    I was that way, but on the other end. I was fat and weak. Noone is judging. And even if they are, **** them. I had to have that mentality. There is ALWAYS going to be someone better than you and worse than you in everything you do. I had to keep reminding myself that. The only thing you can control is yourself and how you attack your goals.

    Every little step I made towards progress made me feel more confident going to the gym. The scariest part is the initial jump into it, but once you get into a routine of going, you'll feel more comfortable. You'll recognize regulars and they will notice you, but it wont be judging. I feel like there is an unspoken mutual respect amongst those who go consistently that we are all in this together chasing our own goals.

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    Originally Posted by MrCarrot View Post
    When I see someone who is overweight or skinny in the gym I admire them for doing something about it (srs)
    This.

    Reminds me to quit my b*tching about things like being too tired or don't feel like it.
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    I was thinking the same thing defyant. We can't be out here making excuses
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    Everyone has his "start". So, don´t be afraid and go there. Lift hard and in a few years you might be bigger and stronger than many of the dudes you see there now. It happened to me.

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