I hate going to the gym. It's crowded. It reeks because one-too-many members forgot to put on deodorant. I can't get onto a machine to save my life without waiting for at least 10 minutes while awkwardly staring at my sports watch. The locker room is full of women chatting about their son or daughter's upcoming school dance, and the water fountain has a five minute wait.
Can you tell I'm annoyed?
I haven't always felt this way. I used to adore the gym. I owned that place. The people behind the desk know my name, and I have "gym friends" who high five me when they walk past my treadmill. These angry feelings, they're a recent change.
Want to know whose fault it is? The New Year's resolution-ers.
You know who I'm talking about, don't you? Those people who pledge to drop 30 pounds now that it's 2012 and are convinced that simply walking through the gym doors and snagging themselves a membership will do the trick. News flash: It won't.
It's not that I am not happy there are loads (Read: Legitimately hundreds) of people who are taking the reigns of their own life and attempting to get physically fit. I'm happy for you. Bravo! However, that just doesn't change that now that the whole flock of 'em are at my gym taking up my space, and they're annoying the hell out of me.
Let's face it: A few weeks from now, most of the resolution-ers will have given up. The truth is that they're not actually enjoying themselves at the gym. Meanwhile, there are gym-goers like me, the kind that have been going to the gym all year long, who love it. Before, machines everywhere were available. Now? Not so much.
Here the resolution newbie comes, thinking they own the place. They walk at a 3 mph speed on the treadmill, don't break a sweat, and call it a day. I'll tell you something: It's not doing them, or me, any good.
To the New Year's resolution-ers, let me offer you a bit of advice. If you want to get fit, do it in a way that you enjoy. Don't go to the gym because it's what you feel like you should be doing. Do you like walking? How about shopping? Then walk laps around the mall to get in that cardio instead of taking up a treadmill. Are you the sort of person that needs to be "entertained" while you workout? Then try a yoga class or shake your booty at zumba.
If you're a New Year's resolution-er and really do want to be at the gym, then do your research. Splurge on a session with a personal trainer who can show you what moves to get your desired results. Whether you're looking to tone or drop a few pounds, work on customizing some sort of routine that works for you. Ask someone to show you how to lift the weight the right way, instead of putting your muscles at risk with the wrong technique.
I want the resolution-ers to succeed, I really do. However, there's a right way and a wrong way to go about it all. Best of luck on that fit goal, my fellow sweataholics. Trust me, I'll be watching you. Oh and please, don't forget the deodorant next time, OK?
Are you a New Year's resolution-er? Do you have them at your gym, too?
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