Are you one of the many women who are self-conscious when they lift weights? When you are working out, do you feel like everyone is watching you? Should you have chosen a different outfit than the one you are wearing? Are you performing a specific strength training move in a sexually suggestive manner? Is everyone working out with more weight than you?
You need to avoid this type of thinking when you are weightlifting. Honestly, being concerned about what others think is something you should avoid in every area of your life in most situations. In the weight room a lack of focus can mean poor results at best, and a debilitating injury at worst.
A lot of women work out in a public venue. You don’t have the weights and fitness equipment you need at home, so you head to the YMCA, the local gym or the health club where you own a membership. The problem for many women is they become self-conscious the minute they start working out.
That unfortunately can keep you from achieving the results you desire. Bret Contreras is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Nicknamed “Mr. Glute”, he is known as one of the world’s foremost authorities on training and perfecting your gluteus maximus (your booty, for short). For 6 months he took detailed notes regarding his female clients.
One big take-away he spotted was that women were often too conscious about how they felt they were being perceived in the weight room. He also noted that this often times negatively impacted their performance and results. Remember why you are lifting weights, and realize that you are probably overly concerned about what other people think of you. In most cases they are busy with their own strength training efforts, and your concerns are unfounded. Worrying about what others may or may not be thinking about you in the weight room can mean a longer road to the results you’re looking for, and could lead to an injury due to lack of focus.