6 Tips for Group Workout Anxiety

Does the thought of going to a group workout give you instant anxiety? But do you find it hard to get into the groove of working out at home? This was me… before I started kickboxing classes and it was me again… when trying to decide whether I was going to force myself to get into working out at home or try to find another group workout class.

My anxiety came from just staying at home working all day and night while having little adult interaction, which is why group workouts are beneficial to my life AND sanity. This may not be the case for your group anxiety workouts but the tips I’m giving out today can work for a variety of scenarios.

Let’s get started!

6 Tips for Group Workout Anxiety

Read Also: Preparing For Your First Kickboxing Class

Ask a Friend How They Feel at their Gym/Fitness Class

Most people who get anxious during a group workout won’t say anything. They don’t want to cause a fuss or feel childish because they feel nervous.

Take the first step and ask your friend or family member how they feel when they’re in class. Sometimes just talking about it can be enough to make you feel better.

When I used to do kickboxing classes I had folks ask all the time how I felt when I was in class. Out of all the group fitness classes I’ve done over the years kickboxing ranks number one because the environment is just so warm, inviting, and laid back. It’s truly the definition of a no-judgment zone and everyone lifts each other up.

In all honesty, I’ve even considered becoming a member again because of the environment, but other things hold me back like the location and trying to fit the class times into my life with work and the kid’s afterschool activities.

Go with a Friend to Their Gym/Fitness Class

The next step is to go with a friend. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to get fit, this could be the push you need to accomplish that goal.

Everyone feels more confident when they have someone they know and love around them. It will help you to take your mind away from how anxious you feel.

This worked for me when I did my first group fitness class, which happened to be Zumba. My cousin and I use to go together and it was nice working out with someone I knew, especially since Zumba is basically dancing and some of the moves were way above my dance knowledge.

Research the Exercises Performed and Then Watch YouTube Videos of the Exercises Expected

The most common cause of group workout anxiety is feeling like you’re not getting the exercises right and looking silly. You can ease this problem by looking up the exercises performed online and practicing them yourself at home.

You can also film yourself using your phone and watch the footage back so you’re sure that you’re getting it right.

This was a big one for me before kickboxing. Initially, I had signed up for the 3-class promo through Groupon and had no knowledge of kickboxing at all. Therefore, before going to the first class I did research to look up reviews and was all on their social media pages watching the videos from class, so I could know exactly what to expect.

BUT…Do you know what? All that anxiousness was for nothing because the instructors walked you through the moves and as I said before the environment is just so chill and laid back.

Purchase Workout Clothes That Make You Feel Good AND Look Good

Are you anxious about a group workout because you’re worried about how you’ll look?

Help yourself by buying suitable workout clothes. Don’t just think about how practical they are. Think about how they make you feel. The right exercise attire is the attire that makes you look and feel good.

In my case, I love working out in leggings (preferably VS Sport) and a tank top. I have a variety of cute workout leggings and a black tank top matches them all. I look nice, get complimented on my leggings, AND most important since they are stretchy, I can do virtually any workout in them.

Pick a Class/Gym That is Known for Being Low Key vs a “Meat Market”

You don’t want to feel like you’re trapped in a meat market, where all the guys are taking selfies of their abs and all the girls are pouting in front of a mirror.

Working out has become something totally out of control in some places where it seems like everyone is already fit and just there to take photos for “The Gram”.

That’s why I recommend group workouts such as  I Love Kickboxing.

Go to places that are lower key where everyone is there for the purpose of getting fit and healthy. Avoid places that are known for being snobbish or overly competitive and you’ll find that group workouts come with a bunch of benefits.

If You Still Have Group Workout Anxiety Start Off Working Out at Home Until You Build Up Your Confidence

Still not feeling good about going to a gym or fitness class? That’s okay because you shouldn’t force yourself to go.

One way to get used to working out is to start off at home. You can create a home gym and it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. You don’t need the latest equipment or a personal trainer to get started.

There are plenty of apps, such as OpenFit, YouTube videos, and even easy bodyweight exercises that you can use.

Final Thoughts – Group Workout Anxiety Is Real but You Can Conquer It

Group workout anxiety is a real thing, but it is something that you can conquer. Whether you’re trying to get back to your pre-baby body, just want to feel better in general, or are trying to replace a bad habit with a more positive one group workout sessions can help you reach your goals and in my experience make you look forward to working out.

Have you ever experienced group workout anxiety? If so, what did you do to conquer it?

6 Tips for Group Workout Anxiety


  1. great tips to conquer the anxiety of social-workouts for sure.. while it is fun for me to workout in a group, more recently, i prefer to do it at home..

  2. Lynndee says:

    I believe these are helpful tips to those who prefer or at least give group workout a try.

  3. I think everyone is probably nervous to go exercise with a group of strangers. But there is nothing wrong with showing up and giving it your best shot.

  4. I literally always buy new workout gear as my motivation, then after a week or two I start slacking off again. I really need to kick my butt into gear!

  5. i love the tips that I will keep in mind. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  6. Fareeha says:

    I prefer to workout alone. I am too shy to workout in front of anyone.

  7. Your article on managing group workout anxiety offers practical and reassuring tips for individuals who may feel anxious about exercising in a group setting. The suggestions to start small, find supportive communities, and focus on personal progress are empowering and can help alleviate anxiety. Great advice for anyone looking to overcome their workout worries.

  8. I never really thought about this, but I am self conscious when it comes to working out with others. These are good to keep in mind!

  9. Going with a friend and having some social support has always made workout anxiety more bearable for me.

  10. Catalina says:

    I am very nervous during group workout so I try to avoid it. Your tip will help me for sure!

  11. Susan m Quackenbush says:

    Thank you for the great tips. I love the idea of buying workout clothes that make you feel good.

  12. Monica says:

    I agree going with a friend is super helpful. I started group classes with a friend and soon after met more friends and joined a really great community.

  13. I so agree on wearing clothes that make you feel good. That is why I love buying workout clothes.

  14. Amber Myers says:

    It does make me a little anxious because I’m not always keen to be around a lot of people. I will keep your tips in mind!

  15. Thanks for the advice to look up videos on how to do the exercises that you will be doing with your group so you don’t get embarrassed by not knowing how to do them right. This could help so many people that are afraid of going to the gym. I hope that more people will follow your advice and use it to go to the gym more often without feeling embarrassed.

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