We know this is a crazy question in Vancouver but…Do you stress about the leg press or run scared from the biceps bar whenever a gym session is due?
You’re not alone, according to a new study by public opinion research company Ipsos.
It found 51% of British Columbians – more than any other region in Canada and more than the average across the country – were intimidated to go to the gym to work out.
Overall, the poll found 40% of Canadians are intimidated to go to the gym.
The gender breakdown there is stark: while 28% of men say they are intimidated by going to the gym to work out, a full 50% of women said the same.
Of the Canadians feeling intimidated, 38% said they’re afraid other people will watch them while 33% said they were worried they don’t know what they’re doing.
When broken down by gender, those figures were markedly higher for women than men.
Bizarrely, in a province where half the population live in health conscious Metro Vancouver, 23% of British Columbians just said people like them don’t go to gyms.
When asked what would help make the gym less intimidating, more than half of Canadians said going with a friend, while three in ten said getting to know other gym-goers.
Others said learning how to use the equipment (28%), having a personal trainer (22%), or going to a class (17%) would help.
Three in ten Canadian women said going to a women-only gym would be less intimidating. (No figures were given for men-only gyms.)
And in our province – perhaps surprisingly – 21% of British Columbians said nothing would make the gym less intimidating.