How to Beat Gym Culture and Kill Your Next Workout

So, you’ve set a goal for 2020 and you’re ready to start working towards it. You get a gym membership, new sneakers and cute activewear and you head in for your first workout. When you arrive at the gym you start to feel a little insecure about all the people you see. Everyone “looks” to be in better shape and they are “killing” it. You feel as if everyone can tell you’re new around here. Slowly but surely you begin to feel intimidated and overwhelmed and before you know it you’re back at home.

Gym culture. The wrong glance, the snatch of a towel or a not so friendly “Hey, I got next on this machine” can send even the most regular gym goer into a bad place. How will you ever get started if the people are being people all wrong?

Here’s how to beat gym culture and kill your next workout…

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  1. Know you belong
  2. Ask for a tour or help
  3. Get a Gym Buddy
  4. Start with classes – Take advantage of the classes held at your gym!
  5. Work your way to the floor – Go out to the floor after attending a class for a few minutes. Lengthen your time with each visit until you’re comfortable.
  6. It’s all about you – Don’t let strangers keep you from doing what’s best for you. Keep your goals and desired results at the forefront of your mind.

Remember that feeling like the new girl at the gym is very temporary. If you keep going you’ll become a regular. Don’t forget what we’ve discussed here.

Now that you’re a regular…

Make space in the sauna when you see a new face and always offer a helpful tip or smile to the new woman you see trying out something for the first time. Your generosity could be the reason she keeps trying and doesn’t give up.

Here’s to 2020, seeing past gym culture and focusing on what you came to the gym to do!

20 Rest Day Activities

Rest days should be a part of every fitness regimen. Muscles need time to recover and rest from all the workouts we’re doing. Rest days are actually where all the magic happens. It’s during your time of rest that your glow up is actually loading.


I believe in one to two rest days a week depending on my goal or the workouts I’ve done during the week. As a fitness instructor, I’ve learned that skipping my rest days are like skipping workouts. It’s on the list of things we’re not about to do.

So, what do I do on rest days? Here are 20 of my favorite ways to get a little R&R…



Rest days aren’t all about staying put. The goal is is to listen to your body by taking your activity level down a notch. I love going for a nice stroll on my rest days. Sometimes I’ll pick a trail or park that I haven’t been to before. You can call it self-care if you want but I also really enjoy slowly running my errands on rest days too.


Take a bath, soak those muscles in a lavender infused bubble bath. Catch up on a novel you’ve been meaning to finish. If you’re a Mom like me (or an equally as tired human being) consider taking a 30 minute nap.

Do anything that puts your mind and body at rest. I hope you’ll try some of the suggestions listed here.

What’s your favorite way to spend a rest day?

10 Tips for staying Healthy in 2020

Want to know how I stay healthy all year long? Staying on track with our goals is a goal that many of us have. This will be the year that we lose the weight, kick bad eating habits to the curb and really figure out what works for us. We can all stay on track by implementing a few healthy practices into our routines.

Long term success is essential for a lifestyle change. I’m sharing 10 tips on how to stay healthy on YouTube this weekend. Check it out!