Operation Skinny Jeans: My take on the whole "resolutioners swamping the gym" issue

Monday, January 6, 2014

My take on the whole "resolutioners swamping the gym" issue

I think this probably comes up every year, but this year I am particularly sensitive to it.

There is a lot of negative buzz about new gym members swarming gyms, making it more crowded, and therefore less efficient to work out in. For example:







This shit literally makes me sick. 

I was once a new gym go-er. It is TERRIFYING! You are surrounded by people who are a lot fitter than you are, you aren't quite sure what to do, and you probably don't know proper etiquette. Whether it's January 1st or not, new gym members should be welcomed with open arms! They are there to change their lives, and they are taking the first, and really the hardest step, into the gym. 

Being met with this kind of negativity just perpetuates the stereotype that all gym rats and ass hole meat heads. 

In my experience, that stereotype has been 100% wrong. I have met amazing people at the gym, that are super helpful and supportive. When I did Crossfit for the first time, it was one of the most uplifting experiences of my life. When I had a gym membership, I felt like I could ask for help without fear of judgment. 

Apparently I live in Pleasentville. 

Apparently real mean mean people like these people are out there to greet you at the gym. 

ugh. 

So I guess my point is this. If you just got a shiny new gym membership and this kind of negativity is freaking you out, or worse, you are being met with it in person, ignore it. I know that's never really the right answer, but don't let idiots like these mean people stop you from changing your life! YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY AND HEALTHY AND DON'T LET THESE MEAN KIDS STOP YOU!

And also know that it will probably pass. You can't fix asshole, but if you see the situation from their perspective, I can see how a change can be jarring. I guess. Maybe. 

They are still jerks. 

ugh.

What is your side of this debate? Have you experienced this negativity first hand? Tell me what gym you go to and I will throat punch the asshole that made you feel like that. 

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24 comments :

  1. I think it's funny because it's the people who are posting these kind of tweets that are the insecure ones because they need to stake their claim. Last time I checked, your name wasn't on the front door so I'm pretty sure this is EVERYONE'S GYM. I'm so happy that you've had positive experiences and continue to encourage everyone to get out there :D

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  2. I joined Planet Fitness last year and the people there have been amazing. The staff is great and a lot of the members can be very helpful.

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  3. I am lucky and go to the gym at off times so the whole surge of resolutioners doesn't effect me. I do agree every one deserves to be fit and honestly it is the gym staffs responsibility to teach folks proper etiquette! So if some one isn't wiping down a machine or something I blame the staff not the newbie!

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  4. What assholes. Don't they all remember their first day at the gym? They probably had people saying the same thing about them. Everyone at the gym should be worried about the same thing... themselves and no one else. Everyone's trying to make a change for the better so let them.

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  5. I never understand why normal gym-goers act like this. I understand the crowded thing, but c'mon, there's plenty of machines to go around. Everybody deserves a turn! And I think it's SO AWESOME to have newbies there - we've all gotta start somewhere! Plus, it brings more positivity to the table and I am so game for that! The more, the merrier! So right on to anybody out there who's new to the gym!

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  6. I used to be a member of 24 Hour Fitness and they were asshole meat heads. Most of the other members were unnecessarily mean and the staff was sarcastic and not helpful. In October, I switched to Chuze (they are only located in CA and AZ) and I've had such a positive experience. I'm so glad I left and found another gym.

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  7. Ugh. Those comments are disgusting and royally PISS. ME. OFF. What assholes!

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  8. One of my favorite quotes: "Don't listen to the nay-sayers."

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  9. Those comments piss me off too. Luckily, I go to a gym where everyone is really friendly. I still feel insecure at times, but that is my problem -- not because anyone has been rude. The only thing I have experienced is a guy laughing at the face I was making while doing leg presses. Screw you buddy, it hurt! I was feeling the damn burn! LOL ;)

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  10. Lol Love the 'fuck em label lol :) I don't get why gym goers feel like they need to be assholes. Everyones gotta start somewheres and they are no better than anyone else.

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  11. This kind of shit is exactly what kept me from setting foot in a weight room for years. EVERYONE starts somewhere. I haven't ran into any of this personally, thank goodness!

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  12. It really makes me sad too. You know, everyone had to start sometime! I think the better option would be to start encouraging the newbies instead of making them afraid that they may be bullied right on out of the gym. Those attitudes make me sick.

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  13. So I have been running and exercising for the past 9 or so months, I've lost a total of 60lbs so far, but you know what? I am a new gym goer...I just can't run in -40 degree weather, so while I might not be around in the gym come March doesn't make me a resolutioner, or a newb, or anything other than trying to get my run on with out getting frost bite...I wish I twittered (is that something?? lol), I'd have few words to say to some of these people.

    So.damn.judgey.

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  14. I just started following your blog, and when i saw the title i was afraid it was going to be another resolution bashing post.. I completely agree with you. Im still super intimidated by the gym, and stuff like that makes me crazy!

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  15. I agree with you. I'll joke about it, but in all reality it's admirable. Some people need a new year, or month or whatever to be their inspiration to even start. When I first started at my gym I was nervous as can be, and it was middle of the year on a random day. But, once I went my first visit I realized that no one really cares that you're there (not in a bad way) but they are just so focused on them, as they should be. So, I suppose like you, I live in a nicer place too. Even the ones who looked like they would say something, didn't. I mean of course there are glances and such at you, but you just kind have to ignore that. Of course, I'm quite a bitch, so there's no telling what I would have said had someone approached me like that. Even though I only went a handful of times, it was nice & I'd consider it again. I just prefer doing it at home & I actually have most of the equipment I need here anyway, so it's more of a convenience and comfort thing. But, people who like working out should encourage others.

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  16. I have been going to my gym for a while now, but I remember going sometime after the New Years last year and hearing a girl complain about parking and how by February there won't be such a problem and she continued on and on about it. I was beside myself, hoping know one was new to the gym, because like you said, I once was the new girl and hearing someone who doesn't know me make a comment that I am going to fail before I started would of hit my soul. I think if people have problem with the people of good intentions - take a week or two off from the gym, change up what you are doing, in two weeks people have made it a habit or they haven't and you can get use to the new people. What happen to uplifting each other.

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  17. It is annoying when you can't get on the machine that you want to get on or use the treadmill that you came to the gym to use because there is a foot of snow on the ground, but people need to take a chill pill. Posting this stuff on FB or twitter isn't going to change the fact. And honestly the more people in your gym the BETTER, it means that your gym is succeeding and will make the appropriate changes. So ENCOURAGE the new people to stay and who knows what awesome things your gym will get. Who knows, that crappy treadmill might get upgraded to a new fancy one or an awesome new class might be added to your gym's schedule. Who knows, but in the end everyone wins when everyone continues to stay at the gym. AND PLEASE DON'T LET THESE NEGATIVE COMMENTS KEEP YOU AWAY FROM THE GYM, THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE PEOPLE WHO GO TO THE GYM. Most people are very polite and nice, we just don't twit about it every other day! LOL

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  18. This is why I go early early early in the morning. Newbies tend to stick to certain times if the day. I've found that in my gym the regulars all go in the am before dawn and we do occasionally get a few new am folks a few times a year because they are ususally finally making the decision to have no excuses!

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  19. Ugh, those tweets are AWFUL! I have been the newbie at the gym at various times of the year, and in my home state of Michigan I never felt uncomfortable. We live on a military base and it is pretty much like those tweets, with a little less encouragement. ( not. kidding. )

    So people suck. A lot.

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  20. I just ignore it. Or if someone actually had the balls to say something to me, I would call them out on it as I don't back down from idiots like this. I personally waited until now to join a gym because I couldn't afford the membership until the January deals started.

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  21. Since I moved I've been meaning to get a gym membership but I've just been procrastinating. Now that it's the new year I just feel awkward about going and getting a membership now since it's the beginning of January. WHICH IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. Typing that out I realize how dumb that is and that I shouldn't care...but I still do. I feel like the best thing to do is to get it and show up consistently and prove everyone wrong...we'll see if I do it though!

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  22. SO hurtful! Its beyond intimidating to enter into the gym without this negativity on top of it all. People are jerks.

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  23. I hate to say it but I was an asshole for a minute this year about the gym thing. I think I probably should have transferred my annoyance on the fact that our gym needs a bigger parking lot instead of it being crowded. I realized I was being a jerk though when I saw an IG post from someone about welcoming new people to the gym because they are making a positive change in their life. I think there are enough options in the gym even if some of your favorite machines are taken. I will say, all the old ladies at our gym get pissed when all the treadmills are taken. Luckily they are usually there before me so I only see their annoyance on the weekends, lol

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  24. I can't believe how hurtful people can be. Isn't the fitness world supposed to be a great big family with everyone helping each other? I don't go to a gym. I'm in a small town and we only have 1 and it's a long story but....if I did and I heard these things, I'm pretty sure it'd only fuel my fire and make my drive to succeed just that much stronger. I follow quite a few fitness related IGs and I've seen both sides posted. I think it's best to be thankful these people have chosen to try a different lifestyle. Will it stick for everyone? No. But at least they tried. I wonder if they would say this to someone starting in say April? Does it matter when you start or just that you start? Come on!

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