WARNING: general rant...
I know pretty much everyone here is comfortable in their gym, but this is something geared towards those who may be new to lifting and worry about what others think in the gym.
When I first signed up for my local gym, I must admit, I was terrified to go lift freeweights. Guys were lifting ridiculous amounts of weight and yelling and I was just too overwhelmed to go into the freeweight section of the gym. Instead, I stayed at the machines, far away from the "those guys." But over time I realized something, size and appearance do not matter in the gym. Not everyone we see there started out at a solid 240lbs and benching 315 pounds, and I had to realize that. Eventually, I just said forget it, I don't care what anyone thinks, and started to lift in the freeweight section.
I have a bunch of friends who still have this same type of mentality today and I kind of think its sad. No one should be intimidated so much that they don't go to the gym or attempt to lift freeweights! Everyone started off small..except for a small number of lucky people..and people need to keep that in mind. I guess the point of writing this small article is just to tell anyone who may be new to the gym or have friends who are timid when it comes to going, get up and lift! Don't worry about the other people in the gym, you're in their solely to benefit yourself!
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