3 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Fitness

3 Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Fitness

Is fear keeping your fitness goals out of reach?

If your goal is to lose weight, gain muscle, or set a new personal best, you're certain to hit a mental roadblock at some point.

For those experiencing this type of fear, you are not alone… Speed bumps and roadblocks will appear at the least desirable times. Staying the course is the key to achieving your goals.

Our team of experienced fitness coaches has identified the most common 3 Fears in Fitness.

1. Fear of Failure

Fear as an "all-encompassing" obstacle can go one of two ways in fitness. You may be afraid you don't have what it takes to succeed in reaching your goals. This keeps you from acknowledging the challenge you must undertake to achieve the next goal.

For example, many people condition themselves to believe whichever program they try, they'll never lose the weight or put on the lean muscle they desire. In reality, there is a program to suit any goal. The key is to set the goal, research the steps necessary to achieve it, take action, monitor progress and adjust as needed.

Results won't come easily or instantly. Although you may have "flipped a switch" in your mind, lasting change takes time. Setting realistic expectations and staying the course are the fundamentals of success, and success is the opposite of failure...

Show up, stay the course, and you can achieve!

2. Fear of Success

Although this may seem counterintuitive, some people actually fear reaching their goal. Clients often ask for advice on handling the newfound attention that comes with losing weight or putting on muscle. People look and treat them differently…

For example, one of my clients said she wanted to get into better overall shape and lose 10 lbs. She hesitated when it came to lifting heavier weights, despite the fact it would tone her lower body the way she desired.  As her coach, I knew she needed to perform these exercises to help her complete tougher workouts in the future.

When I asked her why she didn't want to move up in weight, she said, "Lifting pulls me away from my ideal self-image. I start to feel unwanted attention from guys, and my girlfriends become envious of my body.".

As a result, she felt a need to self-sabotage her body by overeating and binge drinking on weekends, even though these behaviors were what made her unhappy in the first place. She simply couldn't accept and live with her newfound success.

Fear of success happens more often than we'd like to admit. A good coach can see these signs early enough to hold you accountable to reaching your goals. Staying on the road to success is more easily achieved with the aid of a coach.

3. Fear of Injury

"This is too dangerous. I don't want to get hurt [again]."

Mental trauma resulting from previous injuries can slow your progress. People often tell us they believe strength training may be too dangerous for them. They or someone they know got injured in the gym, and now they're concerned about the risk.

An experienced coach understands the risk and knows how to perform the movements properly. How much resistance we load and the form we use are two important factors of performance. When we perform the movements according to our capability, we significantly reduce the chances of injury. Changing the word impossible to possible.


Overcoming your fear of fitness


  1. Seek the help of an experienced professional. Getting help means not having to confront these fears alone. When someone else is monitoring our form, progress, and triggers, we gain an outside perspective to help us work through the tough times.
  2. Learn what triggers bring out your inner fears. Keeping a journal is a great way to uncover your fears by keeping track of the moments you felt most vulnerable. When you become more aware of this fear, you have more control over handling it properly.
  3. Be kind to yourself. Set goals that can be achieved in a reasonable timeframe. Rather than losing 10 lbs in 2 weeks shoot for 2 lbs per week. When you achieve these small goals, set new, more challenging ones to push you even further.


Do you need help overcoming any of the above-mentioned fears?

Are you interested in working with an experienced professional to help you realize your goal of packing on 10-20 lbs of lean muscle?

Do you need someone to create a diet and exercise program designed to help you lose 20-70 lbs and hold you accountable to sticking with it until the end?

Personal trainers who use GymCloud can help you achieve these goals by designing a fitness program customized to fit your unique lifestyle needs while providing complete freedom to workout on your own schedule.

With in app messaging, video sharing, and results tracking, they can even coach you remotely every step of the way. Ask your personal trainer about GymCloud if you're looking to take your training experience to the next level.

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Spenser is currently a Strength Coach in NYC at Catalyst S.P.O.R.T. He holds certifications from Strong First in Kettlebell Instruction, and ACSM as an Exercise Physiologist. His clientele includes busy executives, students, and everyday people. As a 'student' of strength, his training approach combines traditional training methodologies with contemporary thinking in order to help his clients reach the fittest versions of themselves.

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