Just the words “the gym” strike fear into many.

Growing up, I always thought it would be neat to get to go to “a gym” but never was able to make it happen.

In fact, it wasn’t until my first week of college that I stepped into an actual gym.

I had been in plenty of gymnasiums practicing or performing different dance routines but never had I seen the multitudes of fitness equipment that so many used every day.

I can empathize with those who feel out of place and a bit fearful of what that environment holds.

When I first decided to experiment with the machines, I can guarantee you that I used many of them incorrectly and to such a degree that I’m still surprised that I didn’t end up seriously hurt.

When walking into a gym for the first time, many people feel intimidated, fearful that they won’t know what to do or that someone more experienced will be watching and laughing at them.

Nowadays large group environments, like gyms tend to create a new sense of fear. Will they be clean enough? Will I be far enough away from other people? Am I going to catch something?

No matter what your goals are when it comes to fitness, it’s absolutely essential that you find an environment that produces motivation for you rather than fear.

If you feel comfortable and motivated in a space, you are 100% more likely to continue.

If you feel uncomfortable or fearful, you are 100% more likely to stop earlier than you should.

It’s for this reason that so many people carry around cute little key tags proving their memberships to different facilities but rarely ever visit those places.

I can’t count the number of people who have joined our boutique style studio because they didn’t feel comfortable at larger gyms.

Even now with the hyperfocus on cleanliness and space, we have so many joining because they know how much personal attention our team puts into keeping our facility a safe space for our clients.

It all comes down to this- If you feel comfortable somewhere and know what to do when you’re there, it works for you.

If you feel uncomfortable or don’t understand how to use the equipment, it’s not the best place for you.

There are many options in Amarillo, even if you aren’t aware of them all. If you’ve been paying for memberships at gyms that you aren’t ready, willing, or comfortable using, maybe it’s time for a change.

And if you’re perhaps looking for a smaller, more home-like environment where your unique needs are top priority (even if that means training somewhere outside of our studio) and you receive a done-with-you program by world class coaches, well, we’d love to talk with you.