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.
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.
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.