Eight in 10 adults think gyms are 'too intimidating' – due to fears they’ll be judged by others

Monday, 25th October 2021, 10:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th October 2021, 9:32 am

Researchers who polled 2,000 gym goers found 52 per cent of those who’ve been daunted by their fitness facility have worried they’d be judged by seasoned gym goers.

While 35 per cent have felt anxious they were not in good enough shape to be using their chosen exercise club.

And 56 per cent admitted getting their heads around all the elaborate exercise equipment has them filled with trepidation.

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Furthermore, 30 per cent have felt so intimidated they have cancelled a gym membership as a direct result.

Free of gymtimidation

The study was commissioned by Samsung, which has teamed-up with mental health advocate Katie Piper to celebrate the new Galaxy Watch 4 by opening a pop-up gym which is free of ‘gymtimidation’.

Author and broadcaster, Katie Piper, has herself felt anxious about going to the gym - so much so she changed her fitness regime entirely.

She said: “For me, dancing has always been a passion, so I’ve swapped the gym in favour of more uplifting exercises like yoga and aerobics.”

“It totally transforms your fitness and confidence levels.”

Intimidated when waiting

Half of those polled have also been intimidated when other gym users have stood there actively waiting to use the machine or equipment they were using.

While 47 per cent find the weights area to be daunting prospect too.

On this note, the study also identified what would make gyms more welcoming and less intimidating.

These included classes with a greater focus on having fun, rather than being too serious and intense (58 per cent).

Mental health and wellbeing classes

The Samsung study carried out through OnePoll found 52 per cent would also like to see more mental health and wellbeing classes – namely holistic pursuits like yoga, pilates and meditation.

Furthermore, 37 per cent said they consider yoga to be the ‘most fun’ form of holistic exercise.

And as such they would be more inclined to have a session of the posture-based exercise after a long at work than the likes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts and running.

Katie Piper, who will be running sessions at the pop-up Galaxy Life Gym, added: “The UK has been through a complete wellness transformation the past twelve months.

“Above all else, it is so important to be kind to yourself and do what’s best for your mind, body and soul.”

For further information about the Galaxy Life Gym pop-up which takes place in London on October 30th and 31st October and in Manchester on November 5th and 6th click here.