I’ve been a member at my gym for… umm, 8 or 9 years? I’ve been going regularly for the last 4. Despite going consistently for years, mostly in the mornings, with the same group of people working out each week, I still have gym anxiety. The large weight room downstairs is “where guys work out” and it has a certain intimidation factor, even for gym regular like me. Occasionally, I will venture down there, on days I’m feeling bold. But, honestly, it doesn’t happen that often (though, soon enough, I will have to, because I’m reaching the limits of the free-weights in the “girls” section, and will need heavier weights to reach my goals). However, gym intimidation does still exist for yours truly, and somedays I just want to stick to cardio.
Even with my still-present gym anxiety at my current gym, lately I’ve found myself growing increasingly irritated with Planet Fitness television ads. (I am not a member at a Planet Fitness). I don’t enjoy the image they portray of “lunks” or the “lunk alarm” they set off (that’s a real thing, by the way). Yes, there are always going to be some bulked-up douches making you feel insufficient, or the overly intense instructor making you feel completely out of your element in a class, regardless of the gym (unless you are at Planet Fitness, apparently). The solution is: take a class with a different instructor, and ignore that idiot staring at himself in the mirror. Don’t pick on them. Don’t degrade their passion and intensity because it makes you feel inferior or insecure. Planet Fitness claims to be a “judgment free zone.” I suppose it might be, unless you happen to lift heavy or engage in intense tabata workouts, then they are, most-decidedly, judging you.
I’m sorry Planet Fitness, but that’s a douchey way to get your point across. You are appealing to a group of people that have gym anxiety. I get that. It’s a lot of people, even me. But if I go there, and hit my fitness goals, and start amping up my workouts, and getting stronger, or running longer, or lifting more, and becoming more intense and passionate about my fitness – then what? I get the alarm pulled on me for doing what people go to the gym to do? That seems crappy.