Judgments at the Gym

Other People’s Opinions Don’t Matter

Martha Lueck
2 min readJan 5, 2022
If you’re afraid of being judged at the gym, imagine that you’re the only one there. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Have you ever gone to the gym and done something completely unrelated to fitness? Or have you compared yourself to the person working out next to you?

This has happened to me many times. This morning, I missed breakfast. So I bought a protein bar and sat down in the gym lobby. Without intending to, I spent an entire hour sitting on my ass, jotting down several writing prompts on my phone.

My first thought before I actually stepped on the elliptical was…I only have half an hour to work out now! That’s half the amount of time I just spent sitting on my ass. People are going to notice and think I’m lazy!

Luckily, I did eventually complete my workout goal. But still, it’s so weird how I sometimes wonder if the guests or gym staff are judging me.

One time, when I worked as a porter at the gym, I was physically and emotionally exhausted. So during my break, I bought food from the bar next door. (There would be a bar next door. Go figure…). Then I brought my food into the gym and started stuffing my face in the middle of the lobby! (Sue me! I only had five minutes to eat a huge order of chicken tenders!) I felt so bad because all these people at the gym were trying really hard to get fit! Here I was, aggressively working out my jaw muscles. Hey, it was…



Martha Lueck

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