How to get over the intimidation factor when starting your fitness journey

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While the start of a new year is the perfect time to start achieving your fitness goals, it can be easy to feel intimidated when hitting the gym or joining a fitness community. Especially if everyone around you seems to know exactly what they’re doing.

That sense of fear or nervousness is something Hayden Bay-Redfern, owner of West Oakland’s CrossFit gym The Training Lab, sees a lot when introducing new members.

We hit him up for the best tips on starting your fitness journey without letting feeling intimidated hold you back.

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Everyone was in your shoes

It may seem like everyone knows exactly what they’re doing when you set foot in a new gym, boot camp, or other fitness community, but Bay Redfern says everyone started in the same place.

“People have to realize that everyone inside the gym started on day one,” he says.

“Everyone was in their place.”

It’s something Pye-Redfearn tries to emphasize to its new members. Regardless of whether people have been active for days, weeks, or years, they started somewhere and are also in their own place, with their own goals, when it comes to their fitness journey.

Hayden Bay-Redfern, coach and owner of West Auckland CrossFit Gym The Training Lab says it's important to remember that everyone has

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It’s important to remember that everyone has “one day” from their fitness journey, says Hayden Bay-Redfern, trainer and owner of West Oakland CrossFit The Training Lab.

Find a coach who will spend time helping you

Whether you’re joining a gym, or starting an online fitness program, Pye-Redfearn says it’s important to find a trainer who “wants to give you time.”

Pye-Redfearn warns that hitting a big gym without investing in a personal trainer — or some other form of individual training — can leave you unsure of exactly what you’re doing, and “left to your own discretion.”

“We’ve had a lot of people who have been going to the gym for a long time, who don’t know [the fundamentals of] “Squatting on the back,” he says, referring to a basic move his members have been taught.

Whether you’re looking to join a gym, or start an online program with like-minded people, “get a trainer or gym owner who will invest some time in the individual, and know that everyone was there, did it first day of training,” she says. He says.

Finding a trainer or instructor who can take the time to teach you the basics can help reduce feelings of intimidation as you begin your fitness journey.

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Finding a trainer or instructor who can take the time to teach you the basics can help reduce feelings of intimidation as you begin your fitness journey.

Find the reason – and remember it

Bay Redfern says it’s essential to know why you’re making the effort to start your fitness journey.

For no reason important to you, exercise can simply become “like a chore.”

But even with a goal and a reason in mind, it’s important to break that down into small, achievable victories.

“If someone wants to do a lap around the bay for example, 8.2 kilometers is the ultimate goal,” he says. But that end goal can be intimidating in and of itself.

“If you’re constantly looking at that run, it feels too far, too early. A good coach encourages small goals, which might be 400 meters without stopping.”

If your ultimate goal is a long run, Hayden Pye-Redfearn suggests breaking that down into smaller, achievable goals, like running 400 meters without stopping.

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If your ultimate goal is a long run, Hayden Pye-Redfearn suggests breaking that down into smaller, achievable goals, like running 400 meters without stopping.

Surround yourself with the right people

Remember, most people in a gym or fitness group are focused on their journey and goals, Bay-Redfern says. But it’s still important to find a community to connect with, that will support you throughout your journey.

Pye-Redfearn suggests doing research on websites and social media before finding a running group, gym, or boot camp that works for you.

Social media is often a good representation of the community involved in whatever program you join.

“If you like the look of it, go in, try it out, surround yourself with really good people — and go from there.”

What is RTB Fitness Club?

Things He launched the RTB Fitness Club with trainer Bevan James Isles to help Kiwis get excited about fitness, build long-term habits to stay motivated and connect with a like-minded community. Whether you’ve purchased your entry to join us on the day in Auckland, or are booked to participate virtually – you’re welcome to connect and also be part of this club. Once you have purchased your entry to the race, you will have the option to also join the RTB Fitness Club.

For $25 you will get:

  • An 8-week walking training program, walking for running or just running

  • Weekly how-to videos with Bevan

  • Weekly Q&A live with Bevan

  • Ingredient for strength and stretch to help protect you from injury

  • Access the exclusive RTB Fitness Club Facebook group

The first 250 people to join the club will receive a free Under Armour T-shirt. Join the club here.

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