Do You Really Need a Gym to Get Strong?

Thanks to fitness influencers who record every single squat and gym bros who hog the weights, it’s all too easy to feel a sense of “gymtimidation” while exercising in a public space, especially if you consider yourself a beginner. In fact, a 2019 survey discovered that half of the people who participated reported feeling intimidated while exercising around others in a gym setting.

One way you can get into the groove of exercising without feeling as though all eyes are on you? Keep your workout within the confines of your humble abode. By sticking to a judgment-free space such as your living room or garage, you’ll feel more comfortable trying new exercises, making mistakes, and getting sweaty — and this positive experience can increase the odds you keep up with your fitness routine, says Jayne Gomez, an NSCA-certified personal trainer with FYT Personal Training in Los Angeles.

To help kick off your own at-home fitness journey, Shape tapped trainers to break down the biggest points to keep in mind when getting fit sans gym. Plus, they’ve programmed at-home workouts for beginners that will leave your entire body shaking — in a good way, of course.

Excerpted from Shape

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