This can apply to all facets of life, but is often particularly true of training. You’re at the gym and you just know that everybody is looking at you, and sniggering because you’re obviously a beginner with no idea what you’re doing. I mean, just look at those weeny weights you’re lifting, and your hesitancy must be a dead giveaway too. You’re all decked out in your fancy brand-name workout clothes and shoes, but you so don’t belong…you just feel like a big, fat faker!
Well, I’ve got news for you: Most people feel like fakers for quite a while when they start something new, and training is no exception.
I remember when I first joined the gym, I had no confidence and was sure everyone must be laughing at me. After all, I was fat, in my 40s and had no idea what I was doing. I tried to fade into the background as much as possible.
After a while my workouts became habit and I just focused on what I needed to do while I was at the gym. Months down the track I still felt like a faker though – I’d steal surreptitious looks at the fit and toned women who were confidently moving from one piece of equipment to the next and wonder if I’d ever be like them.
Eventually I stopped thinking about how I looked to others, and concentrated on my training and the results I was getting. Occasionally I’d chat to one of the trainers, but mostly I kept to myself. I read everything I could get my hands on about weight training, cardio, nutrition and used all my new knowledge to make my program work better for me.
Then one day I realised that people were looking at me. But it wasn’t because they’d found me out and realised I was a faker….far from it. These were admiring glances from people who were actually impressed by me – me, the faker!
Somehow I’d become what I’d been pretending to be all along – a confident, competent weight trainer who gets results. So, I say just fake it till you make it!