When you’re first starting weight training, it can all feel overwhelming and uncomfortable. That’s all completely normal. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Here a two thoughts on how to feel more at ease.
First, ideally you have a plan, a program to follow. Something to give you an idea what to do. You likely won’t get it right the first time. Or the second. Or the third. Not that it matters. Because when you’re just starting, there isn’t right or wrong.
Which leads us to the second thought. Keep showing up. Once a week. Twice a week. Whatever works. Take the time out of your full schedule and show up.
Show up, even when you struggle to figure out every exercise. Even if you keep forgetting the terminology (hopefully there isn’t much). It doesn’t matter. Show up, accept the discomfort and do the best you can. That’s all that matters when you’re just getting started.
Then each time you show up, you’re getting a bit more confident. The warm feeling of familiarity takes over where the nervousness used to live.
And maybe on the fourth or fifth time you’re getting closer. You remember more of the terminology (hopefully there isn’t much) and the exercises. You might even remember some technique tips where it matters.
Then one day, not too far in the future, you’re training for the fiftieth time. And training has become a thing. Something that makes you feel about as nervous, anxious and uncomfortable as getting a loaf of bread from the local bakery.