Setting out on a new fitness regime can be daunting, but there’s no time like the present… Here’s how to address those confidence issues 

Words: Ian Male

Most people would love to lose some weight and get in better shape. But what stops them from actually taking action and getting started? The answer is almost always the same – confidence. Or put another way – fear of what other people might think.

‘I don’t know what I’m doing.’
‘I feel fat in my running gear.’
‘Everyone is looking at me.’

Any of those sound familiar? Chances are you’ve thought something similar at one time or another, and let it derail your good intentions. Well I can tell you that 95% of people aren’t looking – they couldn’t care less about you, but not for the reasons you think, it’s because they’re too preoccupied worrying about the exact same thing as you – themselves!

The guy watching you run past at the bus stop? He’s not looking at your stomach, he’s feeling guilty because he promised himself he’d start running again and hasn’t gotten round to it yet. The person sneaking glances your way in the gym? They’re not analysing your technique, but checking you’re not watching them.



The 5% who are watching? They are not worth your energy. If you’ve spent any time in a gym then you’ll know that these are the same people who are way too wrapped up checking how their arms look in the mirror half the time anyway. You don’t know them and hopefully never will, so blank them out, focus on you and imagine yourself a month from now. While they’re busy judging, you’re getting closer to where you want to be.

Making the decision to get up off the sofa and get started is tough. So the last thing you need once you have is to worry about whether your top is riding up or whether you’re doing the right exercise.

Don’t waste your energy on things and people that don’t matter. Figure out what matters to you, remember why you’re doing this, get your head down and focus on your goals – on keeping up with your kids in the garden, or fitting into those jeans. You know the ones.

The guy watching you run past the bus stop? He’s not looking at your stomach, he’s feeling guilty because he should be running

If you’re still reading this then you know exactly what I’m talking about. So make today the day you start. You don’t need to be breaking any world records, just set a simple, achievable goal, and get started. Don’t put it off, don’t overthink it, just start. I guarantee that if you do, when you go to bed tonight you’ll feel a damn sight better for it.

If you feel like you need some extra support and help getting started, then we are offering the chance to attend a Transformation Session with one of our Personal Training team – completely free. We will sit down with you and discuss your goals, then help you put together an action plan and tell you exactly what you need to do. And if you do it, I can tell you exactly where it will get you – where you want to be.

Ian Male runs Greenwich Training. For further information or to book a session, call 07966844057 or see greenwichtraining.comFor more motivational tips, check out Ian’s blog