Hey Chris I was wondering how you battled gym dysphoria before you got top surgery? I'm going to start working out at a public gym soon and I can't wear my binder while working out and wearing a sports bra makes me all kinds of anxious :(
my biggest recommendation for dealing with gym dysphoria is going to the gym during less crowded hours. I go to planet fitness and they’re open 24 hours so I used to go to the gym at like midnight because an empty gym is a great gym and there’s no one to make you feel weird or anything.
besides that, honestly, no one is gonna be looking at you. it’s hard to believe that, but most people are there to focus on themselves and they’re too busy putting in work to be concerned with people around them.
also also bodies come in all shapes and sizes! so if you’re wearing a sports bra and not so flat that’s okay!