Gyms can be pretty intimidating. Between the bodybuilders and the marathon runners, it’s easy to feel out of place, which is the last thing you want to deal with when you’re exercising. But if you’re new, it’s kind of inevitable. Finding a gym that’s inclusive and body-positive takes a bit of work, but once you find it, it’s amazing. Here’s how to find one you can feel comfortable at.
Check Social Media
Hashtags are one of the easiest ways to see if gyms are inclusive and body-positive. Also, look at the photos on gyms’ Instagram pages to see what types of people work out there.
Check Google, Mindbody, and Yelp for reviews to get an idea of what’s happening at the gyms. You’ll get an honest look at what they’re like.
Listen to Your First Impressions
As soon as you walk into a gym or studio, you’ll get the vibe of the place. Trust your initial impression as it’s most likely accurate.
Pay Attention to the Language
Take a look at what’s written on the walls. Is it inclusive or are they promoting diet culture? Not everyone goes to the gym, trying to lose weight, so if the trainers are pushing that, it may be time to find a different place. A good trainer will ask you what your goals are without assuming them.