How to Find the Motivation to Start Going to the Gym Alone?

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Going to the gym on your own is no easy task. Starting off as a beginner is difficult as it is. Stepping into the gym might feel like stepping into uncharted territory, which can be quite a nerve-wracking experience. Or perhaps you and your gym buddies don’t go to the same gym anymore, and now you must start independently. 

Either way, we understand your hesitation, but fear not! Going to the gym will always end up as a rewarding experience you will thank yourself for at the end of the day. In this article, learn how you can find the motivation to start going to the gym alone, even on the days when you don’t feel 100%.

How to Start Going to the Gym Alone?

If you’ve never gone to the gym before or returning after a long hiatus, it will take some time for your body to get used to exercising again, but don’t let this discourage you! The key is to start with a strong mindset that you will remain consistent no matter what! Now, let’s get started then, shall we? 

Take Before and After Measurements

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The first step to building a consistent habit of going to the gym alone starts with taking before and after measurements. You should begin your journey by measuring your weight and height, and you can even take pictures of your body. This will help you calculate your body mass index (BMI) and also help you see progress every time you recheck these measurements after a hard day’s work. 

You can start stretching and taking supplements such as protein shakes to get a head start. You can also consider getting some essential gym gear if you don’t have any already. As for after the gym, supplements are available to help speed up the recovery process so that you feel strong and energized for your next gym session.

Consider Attending Classes

One of the most discouraging aspects of the gym for beginners is that they aren’t familiar with the procedures and what they should do to progress toward their goals. However, as gyms take in many newcomers all the time, they often also have classes and routines prepared for those needing some assistance.

Additionally, if you’re trying to achieve new heights but don’t know how to reach them, then you can try the more advanced classes and choose one more in line with your goals. These classes are also a great way to get to know people and make new friends at the gym. Such classes include yoga, HIIT, pilates, etc. Remember that these classes may require an additional fee to join. We get it; gym memberships are expensive as is, but the benefits of attending classes, at least for beginners, will surely outweigh the price.

Plan Your Workouts in Advance

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The foundation of finding success at the gym and achieving your dream physique lies in creating a well-thought-out gym plan or routine. This is essential for those starting to go to the gym alone. Often, beginners find themselves in the middle of the gym, thinking of which exercise they should do and whether it would target the muscles they wish to train. Doing this may confuse and demotivate you from coming back the next day.

In the past, developing a proper plan was difficult due to the lack of guidance. Luckily for you, with how much information is on the internet, creating a gym plan tethered to your goals is no longer a hassle! Gone are the days of incomplete knowledge regarding most aspects of the gym. Thanks to the vast availability of resources, you can build confidence knowing you are on the right track.

Master the Machines

One common concern of going to the gym alone is not knowing how to use the gym machines. This point directly compliments creating a workout plan; you must master the machines to implement those workouts into your routine. Researching how to perfect exercises is crucial because if not, you may do more harm to your body instead of improving it at the gym.

This is why most people go to the gym with a partner to check their form and help when required. That being said, perfecting gym workouts on your own is not impossible. As mentioned before, there is a vast amount of media on the internet to help you out. You can also hire a personal trainer or ask the general gym instructor for some pointers on your most important exercises.

Go When the Gym is Quiet

There are days when the gym is extremely crowded, especially at certain hours of the day. This is when people usually drop into the gym on their way back from work. The gym could be full at any time of day, but there will be hours when the gym is quiet.

We recommend heading to the gym at these hours so you can experiment and work out without feeling nervous. What makes it even better is that you will have all the machines to yourself! You can check on the internet when your gym is the busiest and when it is quiet.

Ask For Help

Last but not least, when you start going to the gym alone, know that it is always okay to ask for help. Whether you are failing a rep or don’t know if your form is perfect, asking anyone more experienced than you will help you with any issue you have. The gym serves as a community for its members, so don’t worry about being turned down by anyone!


Going to the gym is bound to be a rewarding experience, even when you start going alone. Sure, starting the gym with a buddy or two is bound to be more enjoyable, but the benefits of forming a healthy habit, even if you are on your own, are still very much present! 

We hope this article has helped you find the motivation to start going to the gym alone, and we wish you good luck in achieving your dream physique!