"New Year's Resolution" Crowd at the Gym...?

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    Jan 02, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    We all know, the first Monday between 5-7pm after the first day of the year, is always the most crowded with amateurs who have a New Year's Resolution to "get in shape". And the crowd dwindles after time.

    My question is, when do most of you notice these crowds usually dwindle to an acceptable level?
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    Jan 02, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
    From my observations, the New Years crowd tend to go away between February and March.

    I just came back from the gym a little while ago and it was dead. Well, not totally dead. There were a few pieces of eye candy there, but that's a topic for a different thread. icon_lol.gif

    On Monday, I'm anticipating a huge crowd, so I'll probably head in later than usual.
  • JohnDallas

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    Jan 02, 2009 4:07 AM GMT
    They usually begin to leave after 3 to 4 weeks after seeing no results from performing all the wrong exercises in all the wrong ways. Meanwhile we all have to deal with them getting in our way and doing as little as possible if anything at all. Not re racking their weights and going from machine to machine that we are trying to use.
    Sorry guys needed to vent a little. I had to deal with this yesterday at the gym. I guess there are some early starters this year. It was 2pm in the afternoon and the gym was crazy busy with these people. There was this one guy that would litterly go from machine to machine and perform one set incorrectly leave his weights on the machine and move to the next one. It never failed that it was a machine I needed to use and as I tried to rearrange my workout he continued messing it up as I cleaned up after him and kept getting madder and madder as I kept seeing him do every exercise wrong.
    Hopefully it will be over soon. Its even more infuriating seeing this from a trainers point of view. First year I have had to do that. It's hard to not go up to them and start correcting their every move.
  • camofchris

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    Jan 02, 2009 4:18 AM GMT
    I'm with John. Seems like 2009 new years resolutioners got started early this go round. New Years Eve was slam-packed with folks dressed for the part using the machines and benches as a resting place.

    Sadly, seems there's about a 90% drop rate (maybe higher) year over year based on membership utilizations I've seen.

    Regardless, I hope most stick to it. It pays dividends to us all if they do.

    All the best for 2009, fellas.

    Cam
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    Jan 02, 2009 4:23 AM GMT
    JohnDallas saidThey usually begin to leave after 3 to 4 weeks after seeing no results from performing all the wrong exercises in all the wrong ways. Meanwhile we all have to deal with them getting in our way and doing as little as possible if anything at all.

    My favorite is the women who use a bench as a shelf for their towel, water, and cell-phone. Then, act like a (unt when you politely ask to use the bench.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Jan 02, 2009 4:27 AM GMT
    I wonder if the current status of the economy will cut into it this year. I am sure that some folks will decide they cannot afford a gym membership.
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    Jan 02, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    cowboyathlete saidI wonder if the current status of the economy will cut into it this year. I am sure that some folks will decide they cannot afford a gym membership.

    We can only hope. We can only hope.

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    Jan 02, 2009 4:51 AM GMT
    Most gyms don't make money on old members because we get discounted renewal rates. They need the New Year's people to keep going.

    Don't worry, they'll be gone by March at the latest, when they've realized a couple of 30-minute workouts a week haven't transformed them.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Jan 02, 2009 2:44 PM GMT
    And anger like this is why I'm forking out the bread for a personal trainer.

    And FYI, I start on Tuesday, NOT Monday. icon_razz.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 02, 2009 3:16 PM GMT
    Its always the same story.... you walk into the YMCA (or any gym) after the first of the year. I always say, who are all these people.. its like the whole place has been turned upside down. Next week will be the worst since everyone will be back to the "normal" routine.

    I think everyone should be encouraged to get into physical fitness and we
    regulars need to always be helpful and show some encouragement and
    consideration.....but it can tax your patience. Usually by mid February the
    "resolutioners" are long gone.
  • sandiegovince

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    Jan 02, 2009 3:37 PM GMT
    I just came back from the gym and I can tell you not even those with the most sincerest of resolutions were at the gym at 4:30 am. My YMCA opens that early and only a handful of the most hardcore people were there working out. I love working out early because I can get in and use the equipment with no waiting and get the hell outta there before everyone else arrives at 7:30. I also split my time between the Y and a local gym, so if for some reason either one gets too crowded I have a back up.

    --Vince
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    Jan 02, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
    At my location, the "New Year's Resolution Members" dwindle down by end of mid Feb. to late March - soon before the 'Need to look good in a Swimsuit Crowd.' As a rule of thumb, 99% of the time, Monday's are my rest days anyway, since it's always packed between 5-7pm all year around.
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    Jan 02, 2009 3:53 PM GMT
    As soon as the weather turns and stays warm or right after Easter, which ever comes first...
    It's sort-of a slow withrawal after valentines day that the crowd diminishes back to a norm over a four to six week period.

    and if your club is like mine, they cut or have extended no "initiation fee" periods of time - so no such luck to keep the "new member" down due to economic woes...

    Happy New Year!!
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    Jan 02, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    only goes to show that New year´s resolutions don´t work. I just start doing something if I think it´s worth doing. I started lifting in May one year. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 02, 2009 8:55 PM GMT
    I just started to go to the gym this week. One of the most off putting things I have experienced so far is having a large man glare at me while I was on a machine. As soon as I got up he let out a huge sigh plopped himself down and moved that little weight selector bar WAY down and started pumping.
    For the love of “Bob” people! I know I am not a gym bunny and though I try not to think about it, I know there is a chance that after March I wont see the inside of that gym again. But I am trying. I know the throngs of people who are just going to stop after a month or two are displacing the regulars but I really want to become a regular and this elitism really isn’t boosting my enthusiasm.

    Ok most of that wasn’t directed at you guys, but that guy the other day ticked me off.

    My 2 cents is thus; if you see some one doing an exercise wrong give him (or her) a pointer or two. It might be what keeps him (or her) coming back after March. If I make a gym friend I am way more likely to keep going when my body aches and I have to skip DnD (with my level 12 Wizard-o-bad ass) to make sure I keep up my gym schedule.

    Thank you, I will let you get back to your thread now.
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    Jan 02, 2009 9:10 PM GMT
    i agree.

    it sucks for a lot of people who really do want to get in shape but get discouraged when they go to the gym and are met with nothing but nasty looks or unfriendly people...

    i'll probably be one of those new years resolution people at the gym, but i hope it will turn into a lifestyle not just a fad. i hope someone will correct me if im doing something wrong, it sure would help to keep me motivated
  • DuggerPDX

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    Jan 02, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    We all just need to remember that we had to walk through that door for the first time as well.

    But there were a bunch of newbies messing up my routine today!
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jan 02, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
    I've noticed that for the past few years, my gym has been insanely busy from January through May. A new year and new semester brings a whole bunch of people in, either from resolutions or to look good for spring break. And then after spring break there's another surge as people either got jealous of the people they saw on spring break, or want to gear up for summer. Things thin out drastically over the summer, and the fall semester surge lasts for only about 2 weeks.

    So, this year, during the bad surge, I'll be going to the gym solely for the cardio equipment and/or pool, and thus only have to stand in line once, and using the p90X DVDs at home for my strength training. That should lead to me being less annoyed, and thus in a better mood when I am at the gym.
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    Jan 02, 2009 9:35 PM GMT
    HermitIX said[...]
    My 2 cents is thus; if you see some one doing an exercise wrong give him (or her) a pointer or two. It might be what keeps him (or her) coming back after March. If I make a gym friend I am way more likely to keep going when my body aches and I have to skip DnD (with my level 12 Wizard-o-bad ass) to make sure I keep up my gym schedule.

    Thank you, I will let you get back to your thread now.

    I have to disagree with you here. Newbies pretty much walk in to the gym with a certain level of intimidation. That intimidation rises when someone comes up to them and tells them they're doing something wrong. No matter how nicely you tell them, they get offended. Or they get scared off and never return.

    I never offer pointers or advice unless someone asks me. And even then, I keep it brief and recommend that they hire a trainer until they get comfortable working out on their own.
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    Jan 02, 2009 9:40 PM GMT
    After using the pool at MSU in the winter time, I used to have nightmares about being a single cheerio at the bottom of a very big bowl-full. Of course, they probably have new facilities by now.

    I seem to remember that there was a fairly decent place to go xc skiing about 15 minutes from campus. That was my winter time sweat. No crowds.

    Good grief... the snow is going past my window utterly sideways. Good thing I have my own facilities now. I've been ducking downstairs for sets of deadlifts, between reports. No crowds, no waiting.

    The cat is being a bit of a nuisance, however.
  • JayneCobb

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    Jan 02, 2009 9:53 PM GMT
    Ah, January Joiners.. Yeah, there was always a huge crowd at my old gym.

    Had to park furthest away from the door as possible sense all the spots were taken, locker room stuffed to the breaking point, no machines ever available.

    Then there gone by February / March. icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Jan 02, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    By spring break was my experience. There is a lot to be said about condo living and having a gym on the ground floor! I went this morning at 6:15 AM and there was a crowd of zilch there.
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    Jan 02, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    UGH - let me tell you - as someone who's at that damn gym every day no matter if its a hot July morning or today, getting through January - mid March SUCKS. All i have been doing is just doing everything in one swoop - I usually break up cardio before and after weights. Right now - I get it all done first because I don't know if any machines will be open by the time I'm done in the weight room. I deal with it every year and yea, by March or April it's over. Just gotta get through it.
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    Jan 02, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    The other thing is, because the Fitness Center is attached to the SMDC Health System (Duluth's main hospital) we get the Blue Cross/Medica/etc people who have their insurance pay for their memberships, so we have this huge number of people who are here now cuz their insurance pays for it but they don't really do anything but sit around.
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    Jan 02, 2009 10:51 PM GMT
    We had a few at the UNL Rec today, but it always gets worse the weeks before Spring Break and Summer Break.

    HermitIX - If you don't know how to do something at the gym, ever, please ask someone that does. Most gym staff members should know what they're taking about. Or just ask on here. Pulling a muscle because you used bad form is NOT fun!

    xrichx saidI never offer pointers or advice unless someone asks me. And even then, I keep it brief and recommend that they hire a trainer until they get comfortable working out on their own.


    I offer advice if I see someone doing something that's clearly going to injure themselves or, worse yet, the people around them. Doing bicep curls and swinging forward? Doing lat pull downs behind your head? I'm going to save you some time, tell and show you how to do it the *right* way, and then ignore you if you keep acting stupid.