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Afraid You'll Be The Fattest/Unfittest Person At The Gym?
Do you find gyms intimidating? Do you worry you'll be the fattest or unfittest person there? A new breed of fitness centre means you don't have to be afraid any more...
By: SF Fitness Personal Fitness Centre
Mum, 67, proceeded to stand on a chair to show me she’s put on some muscle mass on her thighs lately, which she’s delighted about."
Anna Aparicio is Director of SF Fitness Centre in Dublin. She tells me that in her family, everyone works out.
"We’ve always considered working out a natural part of life and of our daily routine. For us it’s not an effort, it’s just something you do… just like taking your daily shower, or brushing your teeth. But I get that not everyone grew up in a crazy sporty family like mine."
According to Anna, when people come to her fitness centre for their first assessment/strategy session, they come with doubts and fears.
Will I be the fattest person there?
Will I be the unfittest person?
What if I’m not able to do any of the exercises? What if I hurt myself? What if I embarrass myself?
"These are perfectly normal worries" says Anna.
Some people also come with preconceptions about what being a member of a gym is like. But according to Anna, these preconceptions are often based on personal experiences acquired in old style commercial gyms.
There, you often got the big muscle guys pumping iron, grunting, checking themselves out in the mirror and drinking protein.
You got the skinny minnies hogging the cross trainer for an hour straight, with a face full of make up and the latest issue of U Mag.
Or, you got the super fit girl walking around in a tiny top and hot pants, making you feel all inadequate and out of place.
And there you are, wearing the baggiest pants you could get your hands on, too afraid to go into the weights area, and too afraid to ask the girl in the cross trainer to get off.
"In our place, you don't have to worry about any of that" Anna assures me "when you join us, you become part of our family. No need for doubts or fears any more. No need to feel embarrassed or intimidated anymore. Here you can be you and do you."
Anna insists that in SF Fitness everyone respects each other, works with each other, and supports each other.
"We've worked hard to create an atmosphere where our members feel at home; safe, supported and like they can just be themselves" says Anna "some of our members used to hate working out, but now they they really look forward to this part of their day!"
SF Fitness seems to be part of a new breed of fitness centres run by top fitness professionals who understand how to make people fit, healthy and happy.
For more information visit http://www.sffitness.ie
Don’t believe me yet? Book your strategy session with us and see for yourself…