1. Beat ‘Gymtimidation’


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    Alejandro Chaban

    Alejandro Chaban

    Certified Nutrition Consultant and Hispanic weight loss celebrity Alejandro Chaban knows all about ‘Gymtimidation,’ or fear of working out. Chaban once struggled to lose 150 pounds. He is the author of the bestselling book De Gordo a Galán or From Fatty to Hottie. Chabad created the Yes You Can! Diet Plan, the first and only diet regime created by Hispanics for Hispanics. Chaban says ‘Gymtimidation’ stops many women from getting fit and losing weight. Because he has been there, Chaban knows how to overcome the fears that can stand between you and getting fit.  

    Here are Alejandro Chaban’s 5 Ways to Overcome Gymtimidation 

    Problem:  Lack of knowledge. You’re at the gym but you have no idea how to use the machines or all of those weird balls. The only thing you see is all those expert people jumping from one machine to the next. You just stare at them with a confused look on your face without knowing where to start. Solution: Invest in one session with a personal trainer who can show you how to use the machines work and design a specific routine for you. Another option that’s cheaper is to go on YouTube and look for different video tutorials that show you how to work every muscle and even learn fun cardio routines to practice at home.

     Problem:  Competition! Getting to the gym the first few days and looking at the girl next to you and wanting to compete with her are a very bad idea. The only thing you’re going to do with this is feel bad that you can’t keep up with her. Solution: Don’t compare yourself to anybody. Your only competition is yourself. You don’t know the other girl’s story, what drives her, and how long she’s been doing this. 

    Problem: When we’re first starting we want everyone to know what we’re doing and we share it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and every other way we can think of. This causes us to spend more time on our phones than actually working out. Solution:  Leave your phone in the locker or use it only to listen to music. Stop telling the world you’re going to work out and just work out! I’m guilty of taking a few selfies here and there but I try not to, and always tell myself “Focus, Alejandro “. At the end of the day if you don’t work out you won’t have any results to share. 

    Problem: You are wearing the wrong clothes. Solution: You don’t need the most expensive and trendy clothes for the gym. But you need the correct clothes so you to feel comfortable and confident. It is also necessary to help avoid injuries. I used to go to the gym with those huge heavy cotton shirts that were always three sizes bigger, but when I saw myself in the mirror I got even more depressed and lost all my motivation. And watch it! It’s not about being naked in public. LOL. 

    Problem: Too much stuff to keep track of at the gym. Solution: When you go to the gym try to take as few things as possible, I used to take a padlock, water, my phone, an iPod, a bag, towels, my protein shake, my wallet, a book, and 40 different things. This just made me lose my focus and I always ended up losing stuff.

    Try to take as little as possible and leave everything in the locker.