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New survey finds 1-in-2 women avoid the gym due to fear of wearing Lycra

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The gender exercise gap is a real – and concerning – thing. But while a lot of women have to sacrifice regular workouts due to caring responsibilities, new research by The Gym Group has found that ‘Gymtimidation’ is stopping a lot of women from finding and doing a sport or activity that they love.

The Gym Group’s OnePoll survey was taken by 3000 UK non-gym going adults aged 18-60, and the findings revealed that reasons for not gymming are myriad.

The stats revealed that 1 in 3 Brits (33%) fear feeling out of place in the gym and over half of women (53%) are put off signing up due to the pressure they feel to wear lycra whilst working out. A similar number (52%) answered that they would wear makeup to the gym to work out. Nearly 1 in 3 women (32%) described ‘intimidation in the gym’ as the biggest barrier to joining.

The research revealed that nearly half (43%) would be self conscious of their stomachs in the gym and over a quarter felt too unfit to consider signing up for a membership.

Other findings from the survey highlighted that nearly a quarter of respondents said not knowing where to start in the gym put them off, with 29% being made to feel uncomfortable for not knowing how to use the machines.

Master Trainer Jenny Tardiff from The Gym Group has shared her top tips for beating Gymtimidation:

  1. Find a quiet area of ​​the gym at first and get comfortable
  2. Take a deep breath, own your workout and get comfortable taking up space!
  3. Work with your trainers and gym staff on a training plan that feels challenging but also realistic. Consistency is key when building a gym routine!
  4. Join a group exercise class, consider a training buddy when working out and don’t be afraid to say hello to others on the floor. We’re in it together and fitness can unite us all.
  5. Listen to your favorite music to keep motivation high!