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Many people have a fear of going to the gym. Josh and Sarah Bowmar think the biggest reason for this is that they are embarrassed. People are embarrassed to go to the gym for countless reasons: some people hate the way they look/feel and don't want others seeing them. Some people don't know what they are doing at the gym and that in itself can make people feel unmotivated. They could also be scared of being in pain while working out, or afterwards, when they are sore. Another reason is “lack of time.” This one is also pretty common. Finding your reason for not going to the gym and figuring out how to fix it can help you SO much.

If you don't know what you’re doing at the gym, here are some things that can help. First, find workout content you like. Search for fitness influencers you like and save their recommended workouts to try for the next time you go to the gym. If you don’t know where to start, Josh and Sarah Bowmar have several workout options on their websites and social media pages. You can also search on Instagram and YouTube. Many people put free workouts on social media.You can even try one of your favorite influencer’s online programs and see how that works for you. Most gyms usually offer personal trainers or classes to help you learn and feel more confident and comfortable. One more thing Josh and Sarah recommend is Crossfit. Crossfit trainers help plan out your workout and they put you with people that are at the same level as you. Once you gain confidence in the gym, you are better able to stay more motivated and comfortable enough to keep going back. 

If you feel like you have “lack of time,” that’s just not true. A lot of people think working out takes so much time. In reality, you can get a lot done in a short amount of time. You don’t have to go for hours. Sarah and Josh Bowmar go to the gym for a total of 45 minutes when they lift. It’s all about prioritizing the gym into your normal routine. 

If you aren't seeing results, that can be the most unmotivating thing to anyone. Josh and Sarah Bowmar have a few tips: Start keeping track of many different progress reports. Take photos often (even if you feel uncomfortable or hate them), measure almost every circumference on your body (waist, thighs, arms, etc..). Write down your measurements and save those photos where you won’t lose them. Try doing this every 2-3 weeks to see your progress. Sarah and Josh Bowmar think the scale is the worst way to keep track of your progress because the scale does not define you. This is especially true if you are lifting weights - you could be burning a lot of fat and gaining it back in muscle. You are also storing excess water in your muscles. It’s very important to have multiple progress reports because having just one can create an unhealthy  cycle. People stop working out when they “stop seeing results” because the scale stops moving, but if they measured progress in other ways, they wouldn’t be so discouraged. 

If you're not going to the gym because you have/had an injury, remember you can always work around the injury. You just have to figure out what things you can and can’t do. It’s also a great idea to go to a physical therapist to figure out what’s best for you.

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