Concentrate on your own exercise
One of the things that puts people off is the type of clientelle they find or expect to find at their gym. Although there may be some finely toned specimens in your gym of choice, they are often few and far between. Gyms are usually full of people of all shapes and sizes. Even if you’re carrying a few extra pounds or are not able to do as many sit-ups as the person next to you, don’t concern yourself with how well you compare to them. Instead, ignore what everyone else is doing and concentrate on yourself and your own training.
Get a personal trainer
One way to get yourself really motivated and in the mood for exercise is to work out with an experienced personal trainer. Try to select someone that has been recommended to you by a friend and remember, not all personal trainers have the same styles of instruction. If you used to have an instructor and the experience put you off, then perhaps you just had the wrong fitness instructor, so why not try someone different? Plus, of course, if you’ve booked a session with a trainer, you’ll be less likely to back out of going to the gym.
Take a friend with you to the gym
To avoid feeling out of place in the gym, take a friend. It doesn’t have to be all about working out and can be a social occasion too. Training with a partner may introduce a competitive element between the two of you, thereby pushing you further and encouraging you to go back to the gym. You could even hire a personal trainer between the two of you and do plenty of activities that can be done in pairs. Also, after your workout, you could enjoy a drink (non-alcoholic of course) together in the club bar.