Would you like to join a gym like our Greenville sports club — but you’re inexplicably nervous about it?

It’s completely normal to feel a little anxiety about starting a new activity that may be outside of your comfort zone. Gyms come with a lot of stigmas about the kind of atmosphere they offer and the kind of people who use them. But don’t worry, we’re not one of those pretentious fitness clubs with only model-sized people working out like graceful athletes. We have classes and activities for every preference and skill level, plus a staff that can walk you through getting started and answer any questions you have until you feel perfectly at ease at our Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym.

Here are a few of the most common concerns we hear from new and prospective members, as well as ways you can get past the intimidation:

  1. I need to look thin to go to the gym. A lot of people get the idea that everyone else at the gym will be in perfect shape and they’ll stand out. But fear not — even the sveltest athletes had to get started at some point. Our gym boasts every shape and size. No one is here to judge you. Our staff and members welcome and celebrate anyone who’s just starting out. Joining for the first time means you’re committed to a healthier lifestyle, and it’s one that every member shares and enjoys — so you all have something in common right from the start, no matter what level someone else is at right now. And remember, in a matter of time you will get to your best body, too!
  1. I’m not going to know anyone there. It is great when you have a buddy for the gym. But if you don’t have a friend, family member or co-worker who’s willing to sign up with you, don’t worry. You can easily make friends at the gym who shared the same workout schedule as you. The more you come, the more you’ll chat with new people and recognize some of the same faces. One great way to build your gym community is by joining weekly classes. It’s one of the most social aspects of Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym, and we have a wide variety!
  1. I won’t know how to work the equipment. When you walk into a gym for the first time, there might be a lot of machinery that isn’t familiar to you. But that’s no reason to turn around and walk back out. When you’re exploring our space and thinking about membership, it’s a great idea to ask someone on our friendly team to escort you. You can talk about the types of exercise you’d like to do and what your fitness goals are — and then your guide will introduce you to some of the equipment that fits. Over time, a personal trainer can teach you how to work out expertly and use the machines in the correct way to achieve those goals. Sooner than you might think, you’ll start to feel like an old pro.

Next week, we’ll offer a few more easy tips about how to come in and get started.

People often ask us how they can go about giving Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym membership to a loved one during the holidays. You don’t want to insult anyone by suggesting that they need to improve themselves, but you do want to make the gesture.

Here are a few things to consider that might help:

Yes, you can purchase a gym membership for someone other than yourself. But you may want to make sure that it’s something they’ll definitely enjoy and use before you do.

One way to help your loved one enjoy the gift of membership is to make it an activity you can do together. If you’re already a member, you can start by inviting your friend to visit the gym as your guest, so they can check it out for themselves. They can then sign up for their free 30-day trial gym membership. This allows both of you to see how that person will actually like the gift, and no purchase is necessary. Then, your friend will feel like the decision to join was something you helped with – but they ultimately chose for themselves.

When they’re ready to become a member, you can step in and help your friend buy the gift. Right now, he or she can currently take advantage of a complimentary personal training session, too. And if your loved one is a spouse, relation or co-worker, you might be able to take advantage of couples, family or corporate gym membership rates. We’re here to help you find the best options whenever you’re ready.

Because membership isn’t just something you can hand over in a bow-tied box, it requires some conversation between you and your friend. You definitely want to avoid suggesting that it’s something the other person “needs.” You can frame the membership as something you would enjoy giving to them or doing with them. Words like “fitness” and “well being” are optimal, while you may want to avoid suggesting someone isn’t healthy or needs to lose weight. We’re happy to talk to them about all the benefits if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.

Joining Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym has many perks. There are obvious ones, like toning up or slimming down. Working out can alleviate symptoms from a wide number of ailments – and even potentially lengthen a person’s lifespan. People often come just to relieve stress and gain self-confidence. It’s also a great place to make new friends and establish a sense of community. Any one of these is a great reason to make gym membership a gift this holiday season.