Evey year without fail we see the same sad cycle.
The new year hits and average people decide now is the time to start working on their goals.
That’s when the Self-Help Hipsters pull out their megaphones and start whining about how crowded the gym is all of a sudden.
I understand where they’re coming from. It is annoying when the gym goes from a smaller group of people who see each other at the same time every day to a massive flood of newbies who can’t wait to try everything they’ve seen their favorite fitness YouTubers doing in their videos.
The regulars — we kind of know each other’s schedules and workout styles. We know how to time our workouts to keep from waiting in line on benches or machines. Plus, especially among the 5 am to 6 am crew, there’s a mutual respect you have for each other after months of seeing each other show up day in and day out.
Then, out of nowhere, the New Years Resolutioners show up and throw off the vibe.
I get it — but it’s still not a good enough reason to be a hater, or in this case, a Self-Help Hipster.
A Message to the Self-Help Hipsters
All year you tell people they should join a gym and start working out. You tell them how fun it is and how it’s had such a great impact on your life.
Despite your best efforts, most people don’t listen.
Then when some people finally get inspired to join the gym, you turn into a Self-Help Hipster and go full diva on them.
Never go full diva.
No one gives a fuck that you don’t need a new year’s resolution to go to the gym. The vast majority of gym goers don’t.
But we were all once the newbie in the gym. There was a time when the kiddy weights felt heavy, your form was terrible, and you made a fool of yourself. Give the newbies a break.
Of course, most of the New Year’s Resolutioners won’t stick around, but you should be encouraging to the ones who do.
A Message to the New Year’s Resolutioners
We’re glad you’ve decided to get in shape, and we hope you stick around. Now that you’re here, you should learn the basics of gym etiquette — you don’t want to be that guy.
Gym etiquette 101:
- Re-rack your weights
- Don’t talk to me mid-set
- You can look, but don’t stare
- Don’t leave a bench or seat covered in sweat
- Either leave the bench/machine or get off your phone
- If someone is using a machine you want to use, ask to work in or wait for them to finish
- If you’re using multiple machines at once, expect someone to ask to work in at some point
In general, just be mindful of others and don’t act like a jackass. Despite what you think, people aren’t going to judge you if you’re scrawny or obese. As long as you’re getting after it, 99% of gym goers will show you respect.
If you act like a jackass or do things that waste our time, that’s when we get annoyed.
As much as you’d like to believe you’re going to stick with your new year’s resolution — most people don’t. Have you stuck with them in the past?
Perhaps you need a different approach.
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