The majority of gym goers experience apprehension for one reason or another. In one study, nearly 65% of women admit to avoiding the gym due to anxiety or fear of being judged. Some people are better at hiding it, and other people have been able to move on from their insecurities. However, the same study found that you’re about twice as likely to feel like you’re being judged, than you are to actually be judged.
Chances are: unless someone is making a point of making you uncomfortable, they aren’t judging you at all. You could actually be their source of motivation!
Remember why you’re going to the gym, and write down your goals.
Whether you’re trying to get in better shape for a specific event or making a dedicated effort to take control of your health, write down your “why”. Avoiding illness? Class reunion coming up? Wedding? Making sure you’re healthy enough to be there for your loved ones? What is your Big Why?
Whatever the reason, write it down and put your “why” somewhere you can see it regularly.
Then, set SMART goals and refer to them regularly. SMART goals are:
This is a proven system that you can apply to almost any aspect of your life. You can find a fitness-specific template here, or get creative and make your own. Make sure you have short-term and long-term goals.
Reminding yourself why you need to go to the gym and having set goals and timelines will keep you focused. You’ll be less likely to talk yourself out of the gym if you remember why you need to go.
Unless you live in a very rural or isolated area, chances are you have several gym options to choose from. Price, hours of operation, and location will all play a role in your decision – but those shouldn’t be the only factors. Some gyms cater to hardcore fitness enthusiasts, while others specifically target the average Joe. There are even female-only gyms!
Make an appointment for a tour of the facility. Try to go during the time of day you expect to be exercising to get an idea of how many people will be there. Do they offer a free consultation or a trial membership for free? If so, take advantage of it to familiarize yourself with the equipment and personnel.
A gym’s culture and atmosphere can vary a lot from location to location and even by the time of day. You’ll just need to do some research to get started.
For more tips on choosing the right gym, give this article a quick read.
There is strength in numbers! Having a workout partner increases your odds of success in SO MANY ways! First of all, you’re less likely to bail on a workout if you’re meeting someone. Secondly, unless you’re at vastly different fitness levels, you’re both going to be struggling together.
Chances are that you know someone who is in the same spot as you are, fitness-wise. If not, ask the gym manager if anyone is looking for a workout buddy. Make a commitment to each other and yourselves to hold each other accountable. You’ll feel more comfortable when you’re not alone, and you can cheer each other on.
Another great place to find a workout buddy and make friends is in the exercise classes offered by your gym.
When you fail to plan, plan to fail. If you walk into the gym without a plan of action, you’ll probably spend most of your time there deciding what to do than actually working out. This will only make you feel more self-conscious.
Use a workout journal, an app on your phone, or download a template from the internet. Find a plan that is realistic, but challenging given your current level of fitness. Some gyms even have mobile apps specific to their equipment and locations.
Article by Ajima Jackson
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When did you start modeling?
Onika: I first started modeling at the age of 17 doing mainly runway with a company named Redrunway. Photoshoots really weren’t my thing cause I always thought that I wasn’t that photogenic.
What inspired you into modeling?
Onika: I always wanted to do runway because I felt that it would help me to improve my self-esteem, which I did cause he runway training teaches u to walk with your head high and be more confident.
What’s life like being on a beautiful island like Trinidad?
Onika: Firstly is hot! lol, but most of all its fun there is always something to get your mind off whatever problems. In other words there is always a “lime” somewhere as Trinidadians will say, to help relax me.
What’s your favorite food?
Onika: Provision and salt fish
Any African musicians you love and would love to work with?
Onika: I love love love Azonto (Fuse ODG), Iyanya and Yemi Alade…these artists literally give me life lol
What’s the hardest thing in being a thick model?
Onika:The hardest thing I will have to say is trying to be sexy without showing that much skin. Its like people expect me to show off everything but I have always realized from really young that I was different from the pack. So I set out to show young girls in particular that classy is sexy and that’s difficult ’cause a lot of their minds are already set in seeing the skin of thick models.
Which brands would you love to work with in the immediate future?
Onika: Fashion Nova — their clothes are close to perfection, each and everyone of them.
How do you describe your fashion sense?
Onika: I can be just classy or classy and sexy as hell. I’m a fan of ‘less is more’ where clothes are concerned so u will never really see me in overdone outfits. I keep it simple and sexy.
Finally, how do you wish to inspire young people who want to model, what can you tell them?
Onika: “Let your personality shine through. It’s your biggest differentiator and will attract the right people to your business.” — Jonathan Cooney… And don’t change who you are for the sake of popularity on social media.