It is that time of year again where the gym was not so crowded but once the New Years hit you notice that your local gym has a little more bodies then you are used to. I do not believe in New Years Resolutions but a lot of people out there believe a new year means a change and there is nothing wrong with that. I decided to write a blog post to help the newbies and oldbies on certain things I can not stand when I go to the gym. I am usually a laid back person but when I go to the gym certain things bother me. First, I would like to write something for the newbies.
Newbies, welcome to the gym life! Some of you may have never stepped into a gym or it has been years. I would like to applaud your effort to try and be active. I love you decided to make a change and do something about it. Here are a few things I want to remind you.
1.) No one is looking at you…and if they are who cares!? You came to this gym to change yourself and that is all that matters. If you catch someone looking at you then just ignore them because they are rude anyway. Some may look because they are actually approving you are making a change but guess what? No one is looking at you. I have been apart of a gym for almost two years now and no one was ever looking at me.
2.) Do not give up! Change will not happen over night. In order to make a habit work out you need to do it for a month. Also, results do not happen over night. It takes time. Also do not ruin your workout wit your eating habits!
3.) Do not get upset if someone tries to help you. This is something that took a long time for me. When someone came up to tell me this and not that I would get upset. I felt I was not doing something right and that I was a failure with my workouts. That is not the case! These people just wanted to help me. It is nice that people actually wanted to help me with working out.
4.) Try new things. Do not favor only one machine or one class. Explore your options. If you do the same thing over and over again your body will get bored and you will get used to the work out. Be creative and try something new.
5.) Never say, “I can’t do this!” or “I quit.” Leave those negative thoughts out when you enter the gym. Negative thoughts are so hard to break but if you go in with a positive attitude you will be surprised how much you can accomplish. Everyone is not perfect and no one gets it right on the first try. It is your workout and your experience. Do not compare to someones because they could have been doing this for years and you just started. Remember that!
Oldbies, I know new people slow down the gym slightly and make it crowded but be patient. Understand that these people are new and be friendly. You never know, you may make a friend due to this. Just be patient. You were once in their shoes. You should understand what they are going through.
Alright, now that I addressed the newbies and oldbies..EVERYONE..I have certain pet peeves that should be addressed. Granted, many of these things might be on other lists but I do not care. Some of my pet peeves need to be addressed and frankly they need to stop! lol! I know I am only one person but maybe if we band together then these little quirks can stop for good. I know, I am holding my breath. Anyway…these are my pet peeves about the gym.
1.) Stop talking on your cell phone or really loudly. I know this is strange because what do I care but it really distracts me. I feel like if you are able to hold a conversation then you are not having a good work out. Sometimes people do not listen to music. Sometimes people zone out but if you are speaking loudly on the phone or your buddy then you are killing it, bro. Take your phone call or conversation to the lobby or the locker room.
2.) WIPE DOWN your machine!! I mean..come on! If someone gave me $1 every time I see someone not wipe down their machine when they were done I would be rich. I thought it was just the young kids but it is every age. Granted, people do wipe them down but please wipe your germfested and sweat-ridden machine when you are done! I am not freaked out by germs but I know when I work out I sweat a lot and I think it is gross. Wipe it down! It only takes two seconds. Of course to be on the safe side I sometimes wipe the machine before using it but come on people..I really should not have to do this.
3.) Do not spend too much time on a machine. I feel for a cardio machine you should be on it no more then 30 minutes. Weight machines..I am not sure but do not be on it forever. Christmas eve at my gym their was a couple of females who was on a certain weight machine and people were complaining they were on it for a half hour. That is too long. Just be respectful. Make good judgement on how long is too long on a machine.
4.) No grunting or slamming down weights. Just no. The grunting is weird and the slamming down means it is too heavy for you and you can not properly place it down. This is mostly for men..so sorry..but you are trying to show off and it is just not working.
5.) Do not walk around the locker room naked. Enough said.
6.) Do not wear over powering body spray. This may be my personal pet peeve but I hate working out next to someone who smells like they are going to the local night club right after. It makes me gag. Sometimes these woman wear it so over powering that it is so intense. Ladies, we all sweat. Get used to it. We all stink. Take a show at the gym or at home when you are done. Please do not over power the people around you with your body spray.
7.) Be patient to the people around you. Everyone does not work on your speed and you should understand that. Do not hover or ask people when they will be done it is rude..unless they are on that machine for a long time.
8.) Do not be the know it all. It is one thing to help someone but to point out every little flaw is annoying. I took a aqua fitness class and every five seconds someone would point out to me what I was doing wrong. Mind you this was not the instructor. Let me work out and try it out myself. I do not mind a couple of pointers but never every flaw. Do not be this person. People will not like it.
9.) Wear the right clothing at the gym. This should be common sense but I still see people wearing the strangest things. Ladies, what is wrong with a t-shirt and active pants? I see so many skin tight tank tops and short short shorts. I also see tight pants where I see the thong line..or not underwear at all. It is gross. Also, what is with the rip up clothing? I do not understand it at all. Why wear anything? Oh yeah…you can not work out in the gym without clothing..but if my clothing is all in shreds it is okay. It is so strange! Wear the right thing. Do not get on that treadmill in jeans!
Also, ladies..why are we wearing make up and doing are hair?? I do not understand the make up at all. My make up would be running down my face so bad after my workouts if I did that. My theory is if you still look good then you did not work out hard enough. If you are trying to meet Mr. right at the gym, he will most likely be a sweaty mess. Don’t worry about the make up. It makes no sense.
10.) Finally, when taking a class be aware of your surroundings. Some people do not move fast or are in step with what is going on. Do not plow into them because they are moving too slow. You may not notice you are doing it but ease back slightly. Also, when taking a class do not all crowd in one spot. Spread out for the love of god. I am pretty short being 5’1. I am annoyed when people walk in five minutes late and stand right in front of me. Granted, I should move up closer but I was there on time and this is my spot thank you very much.
Well, that is my list. I hope all everyone keeps these thoughts and ideas in the back of their head when they go to the gym. Just be nice to each other and everything will be fine. To the newbies who joined, I hope you stick with it. It takes a while to see results but it will happen. I lost 80 lbs but it took over a year to do it. Results come but it takes time. Enjoy the gym, everyone!