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How to be a Boss Bitch in the Gym

Written by Athena Landy

August 30, 2018

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Many times I have been told by women that walking into the gym can be intimidating. Those that do venture into the gym primarily stick to the cardio floor and machines. I personally would walk into the gym, swipe my card, and head right upstairs to the elliptical. These days I would rather spend my time with the barbells and gym bros. This change didn't happen over night over the years I found ways to feel confident on the gym floor and I wanted to share those with you. 

These are the rules I follow to be a boss bitch in the gym. 

Have a plan

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A failure to plan is a plan to fail. My dad loved telling me this and I agree. When you walk into the gym you should have a plan of what you want to accomplish that day. If you are new to lifting I suggest checking out our Beginner Program.  By having a plan you will no longer aimlessly walk around looking to the equipment for inspiration. Say goodbye to that "I have no clue what I am doing here" feeling.

Be Consistent 

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It's hard to feel at home anywhere when you only go once or twice a month. Everyone should participate in a minimum of 3 days of strength training per week. Create a schedule for yourself and stick to it. After a few weeks of consistent training you won't event think twice about it. The gym will be your second home. 

Own the weight floor

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That area with all the heavy things and bros grunting it's your territory too. While I suggest you always follow basic gym etiquette don't be afraid to take up the space you need to make gains. If you see a piece of equipment you need being used like a dumbbell or cable machine wait until they are finished with their set and ask to work-in. I promise a lot of the people you meet on the floor are actually really nice. 

Set the mood

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This seems cliche but music can make the difference when it comes to your workout. Personally I like to listen to something that strikes the right balance between upbeat and badass bitch that will kick your door in. When I throw my headphones on I tune out the world and I tune into my body. Be so focused on your training you don't give insecurities a second thought. You could always go the Andrew route and listen to Enya.

Ask for help when you need it

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If you're unsure about how to use a piece of equipment don't hesitate to ask a staff member. When it comes to exercise form there are plenty of resources available online. If you are still unsure of how to do it or even how to start I recommend working with a trainer. Learning from a professional was the biggest reason I could walk into the gym confident that I knew what I was doing. Besides that, there's actually several ways a professional can enhance your experience in the gym. Don't be afraid to ask for help to make sure you're on the right track.