Embrace What You Don’t Know 

Let’s face it, gym intimidation, overthinking and fear of looking silly is a real thing for some people. It does not help that on each end of the social media spectrum are thousands of self-identified fitness experts.

The truth is, all fitness“experts” started somewhere. There is always room to expand our knowledge and skillsets. It is okay to admit that you do not know it all. Personally, I am always learning and evolving in this fitness health and wellness field I work in. And I am more than okay with that.

I remember when I first joined a gym after college. Up to that point, all I had ever done were group fitness classes, and I loved them! However, the time had arrived for me to venture outside my comfort zone and train differently. For me, I began lifting weights and using the machines. My first thought was “where do I even begin?!” 

Here are some tips that may help you as you move from fearful to self-assured.

Knowledge Expansion 

  • Trust your gut and seek out advice from a Health/Wellness Professional skilled in the topic/area you are unsure about. You can find plenty of at- home workout/nutrition programs that fit with your schedule.
  • Maintain a receptive attitude that is willing to learn. Embrace that you do not have all the answers and be okay with that. 
  • Keep your focus on improving and celebrate the “small” wins. 

Set Incremental Goals 

  • Resist the urge to train multiple times a day, every day of the week. Set a realistic training schedule for yourself – one that you will commit to. 
  • Remember, change and progression takes time. Fitness is about a complete lifestyle change, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Develop the consistency, put in the effort and time. Look for how your behavioral and mindset changes transfer into multiple areas of your life.

Conceptualization is Key  

  • Let go of the limiting beliefs that may creep up and attempt to confuse you or make you feel that you do not have what it takes, or that you do not know enough to succeed. 
  • Create a mindset that believes in yourself and willingly start this fitness journey wherever you are at.

Be Impartial When Needed  

  • Take a step back, be impartial and assess. You probably know more than you think you do or that you give yourself credit for. 
  • Shift your thoughts, focus, and words from what you don’t think you know, to that of learning, growth, evolution and progress.

Decide and Commit  

  • It all comes down to your choice. Which is more important to you?
    • Moving beyond your fitness insecurities to reach and/or exceed your fitness goals? OR
    • Staying frustrated and scared to step out of your self-proclaimed comfort zone to do something valuable for your overall health and wellness?

Surround Yourself with a Reliable Support System 

  • Embrace the change required to promote your progress and bring others along with you. Surround yourself with at least 1-2  people that believe in your health/wellness vision and will encourage you to stay accountable.

Gain Momentum, Get Uncomfortable and Embrace It 

    • All in all: embrace those fears of sticking out in a not so pleasant way. 
    • Face your fear and grow stronger. Your health is on the line. 

 Ways to Get in the Know:

  • If you feel you would benefit from guidance from someone you consider an expert, hire a coach/personal trainer/nutritionist/dietician/etc.
  • No coach or personal trainer? Ask someone in the gym about the questions you have. Or if you are at a Fitspot session, ask your FitExpert.
  • The internet is a way to search for beginner-based workouts/programs/tutorials that can give you a general idea of exercises to try. Fitspot’s partners include Sworkit, a video-based training program.

Going Forward:

So, go ahead, put on the smile, bring the attitude to get better and thrive, and trust that you will get better every day!

About the Author:

Courtney McWaine 


Instagram: @FitCoachCourt

My name is Courtney and I have been a Health and Wellness Coach for the last 5 years! I provide tools and support to my clients to drive behavioral and mindset changes to exceed their health and wellness goals safely. Prior to pursuing a career in the Health and Wellness industry, I spent over 6 years in Supply Chain Operations as an Operations Manager building high performing autonomous teams.

Several years ago, I was in a catastrophic automobile accident that stripped me of my ability to do things that I at the time took for granted, like walking and training. I channeled what we all have within us, perseverance, resilience and strength to push through my recovery. The strength and fight that I pulled from all started with my thoughts and choosing to have a positive attitude!

It is because of this life-changing experience that I have the passion to help other people overcome as well through public speaking and fitness coaching. I know what it is like to be in a position where I had to rebuild on everything that I knew.

Life happens to all of us, so I choose to create a positive and uplifting experience for my clients. I pride myself on innovation and helping people break out of the plateau they may be in, or simply create an atmosphere so those that want to kick up their training a few notches can, in some new creative, challenging and fun ways!


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