The Resolutioners - 2012 edition

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    Dec 31, 2011 7:49 PM GMT
    It's that time of year again - the beginning of a new year and the massive influx of new people will soon be flooding your local gym. Anyone have a special game plan for not having their normal routine disrupted by clueless newbs? Are you normally helpful to resolutioners or do you ignore them?

    I normally workout around 5:00am so I shouldn't have too much of problem with new members. icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 31, 2011 8:08 PM GMT
    mightymanlet saidIt's that time of year again - the beginning of a new year and the massive influx of new people will soon be flooding your local gym. Anyone have a special game plan for not having their normal routine disrupted by clueless newbs? Are you normally helpful to resolutioners or do you ignore them?

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    Yep - its definitely that time of year again, and with New Years day being a Sunday, you can bet "Monday at the Gym" will be jam-packed with people in various states of recovery, denial, misguided hope, or a combo of all 3.

    So here's my plan:
    1: I'm not changing my routine - but I will accomodate the estimated 30% increase in bodies occupying 'my space' for the next few weeks.

    2: I will be helpful. If someone asks for help, or if someone's form on a machine or free weight is so bad that they're going to injure themselves or others, I'll step in to make things right, without getting pissy or self-righteous.

    3: While it does seem that nearly all 'resolutioners' drop out of their fitness quest fairly early, there will be the occassional person that discovers that to be fit does actually require a life-style change, and they make it. I was one of those guys myself in January of 1997, and I've never looked back. I wont forget that moment of change, nor will I forget the people that were there in that gym that DID step up and help me, both with form, and with encouragement.
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    Dec 31, 2011 8:37 PM GMT
    I have my plan of attack ready and it begins once I move in with my friends on Monday. I will have a job by the end of the month.
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    Dec 31, 2011 8:47 PM GMT
    mightymanlet saidIt's that time of year again - the beginning of a new year and the massive influx of new people will soon be flooding your local gym. Anyone have a special game plan for not having their normal routine disrupted by clueless newbs? Are you normally helpful to resolutioners or do you ignore them?

    I normally workout around 5:00am so I shouldn't have too much of problem with new members. icon_cool.gif


    Ah, that's right, the Resolutioners. Another perk to being in a private gym. icon_lol.gif

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    Dec 31, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    With my new hours (at least in January) at work, I will just go earlier at night since I will be getting off at 6pm. Eat a light dinner, head to the gym about 8:30 or so.
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    Jan 01, 2012 2:29 AM GMT
    I will be a newbie cluelessly trying to do a balanced work out and probably will give up by week 2.icon_confused.gif
  • LJay

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    Jan 01, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    Hell, if I seriously start walking around the block I'll be pleased.

    I honestly hate gyms. Probably based on my school days. If it can't be done at home or outside, it ain't gonna happen.

    Those of you who are plagued by newbies who will soon be looking miserable should stand around and gossip loudly about how a good walk is the best beginner's exercise ever.
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:07 PM GMT
    I generally take a two-week break this time of year for recovery... and to avoid all those people. Typically that's all it takes for them to give up on their resolutions and clear out of the gym so there's more room for the serious people.
  • C_Dezi

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    Jan 01, 2012 4:16 PM GMT
    way to encourage people. bravo. douche
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    Jan 01, 2012 4:18 PM GMT
    I guess those of you who complain about resolutioners were born perfect, never failed at anything and never gave up on anything. I assume you also knew how to work out from day one and never needed any help, correct?

    If not, please quit the self righteous attitude. You don't own the gym (unless of course, you do have your own gym). People that are going to the gym actually made that step, it's a positive thing. It shows they want to be healthy and lose/maintain weight. Why do you have to be so negative?

    The world is a crowded place and it will keep getting crowded (until all the polar bears die out of course, then it's all downhill from there) so you better start learning how to share.
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    Jan 02, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
    introjock saidI guess those of you who complain about resolutioners were born perfect, never failed at anything and never gave up on anything. I assume you also knew how to work out from day one and never needed any help, correct?

    If not, please quit the self righteous attitude. You don't own the gym (unless of course, you do have your own gym). People that are going to the gym actually made that step, it's a positive thing. It shows they want to be healthy and lose/maintain weight. Why do you have to be so negative?

    The world is a crowded place and it will keep getting crowded (until all the polar bears die out of course, then it's all downhill from there) so you better start learning how to share.


    Please, let's spare the attitude lectures. No one here is on a high horse. No one here is criticizing the existence of resolutioners themselves. Everyone knows that they themselves were, at one point, clueless newbs too.

    But this thread wasn't meant to be a bitch-and-moan fest about resolutioners. It's simply a practical discussion for handling a gym phenomenon that occurs every year. The fact that such a discussion exists shows that some people are willing to accommodate new members in their workout space.
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:01 PM GMT
    I'm one of those "resolutioners" but with a twist...

    A few years ago, I did a low-carb program and exercised regularly (5-6 days at the gym per week, alternating cardio and full-body weight workouts). I lost 45+ lbs. of fat (my scale weight dropped 45 lbs. and my waist size dropped 6 inches, while I gained strength).

    Unfortunately, "life happened" and I'm right back where I started (regained the 45 lbs.). This time I'm looking to really finish the job (lose ~65 lbs of fat, going from 215 to 150 on a 5'8" frame) and stick to a workout program.

    I started back at the gym a week ago, doing only cardio. This week, I'll be adding weight training back in, starting with full-body machine circuit workouts.

    If the gym is crowded, it adds time to complete a weight training workout, so I will have to allow extra time on lifting days (probably 90 min. instead of 75). For cardio, I'll plan to go a little bit later in the evening so I don't hit the 5PM rush.
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    Jan 02, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    Well this is the first year I am going to be a gym regular on Jan. 1st!!!

    It was closed to non-members yesterday so it was peaceful and quiet when I did my hour of cardio and abs set.

    Today I meet with my trainer and who knows how crowded it will be.

    I'm more concerned with maintaining my progress. I don't get paid until Jan 16th, and training is expensive, so we have cut our sessions to 30 minutes for the next couple of weeks to help facilitate my budget constraints. I am hoping that will at least help me to maintain my progress until I get my steady paycheck flowing in again. :-(