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How to Be More Confident in the Weight Room, Dance Class, and More

Health Logo By Kristin Canning of Health | Slide 1 of 7: <p>From workout newbies to seasoned HIIT fiends, we’ve all experienced gym anxiety at some point. The downside: That self-consciousness can make it difficult to stray from go-to workouts and machines and ultimately limits results. “If people haven’t been able to do certain exercises in the past, they often talk themselves out of trying them again before they even have a chance to be successful,” says Michelle Lewis, LCSW, owner and director of Salt Lake Weight Counseling in Salt Lake City. “We go into self-sabotage mode,” like skipping weights because you dropped the barbell that one time or steering clear of the “dreadmill” because you once face-planted. Worry no more! Here, experts offer confidence-boosting tricks to nix your top gym fears.</p> <p><strong>RELATED: <a href="http://www.health.com/fitness/kardashian-weight-loss-wellness-diet">16 Weight Loss Secrets of the Kardashians</a></strong></p>

How to get over gym angst

From workout newbies to seasoned HIIT fiends, we’ve all experienced gym anxiety at some point. The downside: That self-consciousness can make it difficult to stray from go-to workouts and machines and ultimately limits results. “If people haven’t been able to do certain exercises in the past, they often talk themselves out of trying them again before they even have a chance to be successful,” says Michelle Lewis, LCSW, owner and director of Salt Lake Weight Counseling in Salt Lake City. “We go into self-sabotage mode,” like skipping weights because you dropped the barbell that one time or steering clear of the “dreadmill” because you once face-planted. Worry no more! Here, experts offer confidence-boosting tricks to nix your top gym fears.

RELATED: 16 Weight Loss Secrets of the Kardashians

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