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It’s that time of year where everyone starts feeling the pressure to get their summer body on point…including myself (ughhhhhhh…). So, cue the process of dragging your feet back into the gym, re-activating that gym membership, and trying to juice more fruits and vegetables for breakfast than you consumed all winter combined.

But you’re not alone. TRUST ME.

So in the spirit—and pain—of trying to get back into the gym, here’s “19 Stages Everyone Goes Through When Joining The Gym”

1. You’ve been thinking about joining the gym for months, but never quite got around to it.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

2. And then one day you bite the bullet and do it. It can’t be THAT bad, right?

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

3. Before you know it, you’ve signed on the dotted line for a brand new you.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

4. But then there’s a wave of regret when you realize you just made a financial commitment to REGULAR EXERCISE.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

5. You’re in total denial that you could ever be a gym person.

6. And the regret hits you so damn hard when you try and get up early for a morning workout.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

7. You forget your towel on the first day. Obviously.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

8. And spend the next hour being totally baffled by the array of machines.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

9. In fact, the treadmill is the only thing in the whole room that looks even vaguely familiar…

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

10. …but then this happens.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

11. You sit on a machine for a while and hope nobody notices you’re not actually doing anything.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

12. Then you lift 5kg and are so. Fucking. Happy.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

13. But then ten seconds later, you look to your left and see a buff dude lifting 50kg like it’s NBD.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

14. Not to mention all the other super-fit people.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

15. WHO ALL HAVE REALLY NICE GYM CLOTHES.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

16. You feel like an outcast for the next few weeks…

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

17. …but start to actually understand how some of the machines work.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

18. And then you can lift a little bit more, and run for a little bit longer, and even last an entire Zumba class without collapsing.

19 Stages Everyone Goes Through Joining The Gym

19. And before you know it, you’re a gym junkie doling out death stares to newbies who forget their towels.

 

 

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