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?
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.