I’ve belonged to the same gym for a long time. I know exactly where all the equipment that I use is located in the gym. I know all the faces of the people that workout at the same time I do. I know how long it takes to get from my house to the gym. I could go on, but my point is that I am comfortable at this gym. The downside to comfort is that it is very easy to get complacent. Complacency leads to failure (in my opinion). This is where I’m at. I got lazy due to the comfort and complacency. I didn’t push myself which means I didn’t improve. I knew I had to make a change in my environment to improve my health and fitness, so I started to look for a new gym.
I have started to workout at an awesome gym called CrossFit LTP. I am not doing traditional CrossFit but am in the Adult Performance program. This program is basically Crossfit but without the Olympic Lifts (snatch, clean, jerk). I am really excited about working out here and getting into great shape. CrossFit gyms aren’t like a traditional gym with open hours. CrossFit gyms are structure classes with a coach, which helps me be accountable as I know the coach and other people in the class will know I’m not there. As I approached the doors for my first workout, I got a few butterflies in my stomach. What the…I had the jitters! I was not expecting this. I paused before I opened the door the think about why I was nervous. I realized that that comfort of the previous gym was gone. I have no idea where any of the equipment is. I have no clue who the other people in the class are. I have no clue who the coach is and what their approach is. I have no idea what the workout is and what I’ll be doing. I am completely out of my comfort zone and I love it! The jitters were not due to nervousness, but because I haven’t been this excited about working out in a long time.
I’ve met new people who share a passion for health and fitness, worked out by a coach who knows what they are doing and is always pushing me to improve. I am now part of a community of people who have a passion and dedication to improve themselves and care about others doing the same, which is something a traditional gym doesn’t even come close to offering. Being excited about going to a new gym is a great feeling and motivates me to get there everyday and work my butt off. Without this excitement, it would be very easy to fall back into complacency and eventually get lazy and not go as often.
Getting out of my comfort zone, entering a new environment and being excited about it is going to help me get to where I want. I’m having an amazing time at the gym and am excited to see the results come. Have you ever been excited or nervous about going to a new gym?