OK, so ‘post-COVID’ might be jumping the gun a little, but nonetheless gyms have finally re-opened! (Blessed be). I’d been trying my best to maintain at least a modicum of my usual fitness routine. But with no squat rack or bench in sight, it proved difficult. With space the size of a yoga mat to train in, and spending my time working from home, I’ve basically spent the past few months body-weight squatting and doing core workouts, which while amazing for my quads, glutes and core, it’s seen my overall fitness level plummet and within the last few weeks my motivation to workout has fallen off a cliff. Needless to say, I’ve been very excited to get back to the gym. So I was surprised to realise that my reaction was overwhelming one of nerves and anxiety. Over 15 years on from my first workout in a gym, I was suffering from a severe case of gym fear. I needed to figure out how to start working out again.