The Brock Gym – A Tale of Facing One’s Fears

This week I finally did it.  It was nerve wracking, intimidating and exciting all in one. I. Went. To. The. Gym.

Now you may be wondering why this is such a big deal. I am a fairly active person.  I walk 10-15 minutes to and from the bus everyday, walk around campus, give two tours a week. It was not the exercise that scared me. It was the actual gym itself.

In my past years at Brock, I got out of going to the gym by not purchasing a gym pass, (even though it was very reasonable) but now that an unlimited pass to Brock’s gym, which is called the Zone, is included in my tuition, I decided to try it out.

First of all, while the machines have a few more bells and whistles, they are mostly all basic fitness machines like treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes.  I had used a treadmill before so I was comfortable there but I was unfamiliar with much of the other equipment.  Then I saw a sign that said that there is a free, half-hour orientation offered through the Zone where a trainer will walk you through how to use each piece of equipment safely.

I came back to the Zone this morning for my orientation and any fears I once had of using equipment wrong were long gone.  My trainer was very kind and

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taught me which setting to use with each machine and how many reps to do.  She also gave me a written fitness plan that I could continue to follow over the next couple months.  When I went back again, I found it a totally reasonable workout.

Now I don’t think I will become some kind of bodybuilder overnight, but a little bit of exercise in my week helps me reduce stress and feel good about myself.  The trainers are very helpful and I have found the environment to be very friendly and non-judgmental towards people who are new to the gym.

If you are like I was, and avoided people named Jim out of sheer fear of the gym, just give it a try.  Sign up for an orientation and who knows, you might even learn something!


About Victoria

Hi everyone! My name is Victoria and I am a fourth year student at Brock. I am in Concurrent Education focusing in English, history and math for grades 4-10. I currently live off campus but I loved my first-year experience in residence. My friends describe me as a fun-loving kid at heart and I love discovering new things in the Niagara area. My interests include technology, Broadway musicals, working with kids and everything to do with Brock University! Feel free to leave me a comment or ask any questions you have about Brock as I am happy to help!

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