New Years Resolutioners....

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    Jan 06, 2009 4:29 PM GMT
    I HATE YOU I HATE YOU I HATE YOU!!!!!!

    You use the beginning of a new year to start something that you should have started when you 1st had the concept of working out in your brain! But you wait, then you show up at the gym along with all the other newbies wandering around, not knowing what you're doing, where you're going, taking up space and wasting the rest of our time. You fill up classes, like Spin, when after 20 minutes you leave because you can't hang, yet there's someone who regularly goes did not get in because the newbies took over. You walk around the gym floor in socks! You take LONG rest breaks in between your sets after doing a set of 10 with 15lb weights, COME ON!!!!
    Now, a good percentage of you will stay focused and committed, and you REALLY want to learn and get in there and become a "regular", to those of you I LOVE you and GOOD for you, because I'm sure quite a few people that are now regulars started out as New Years Resolutioners as well. Yet for the rest of you, don't waste you time, your money and PLEASE DO NOT GET in my way and waste my time!!!!

    Went to the gym last night and it was HELL!!!!!! PURE hell!!!! All these newbies walking around, standing around with dumb-founded looks on their faces and we all know that come March, it will have calmed down and people have been weeded out yet in the meantime us "regulars" will have to "maneuver" around you!!!

    Just a rant!!!!
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    Jan 06, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    You're sexy.

    Just... you know... thought I'd throw that out there. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 06, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
    LOL - wow - great rant! icon_twisted.gif

    Luckily, I haven't encountered too many newbies at the gym.

    I've been more pissed off by the hoverers. I was at the gym the other day doing super-sets and wasn't on any equipment for a lengthy period of time. However, the guy next to me spent most of his time talking or texting, and only did one set when I did three. He left and didn't put away his equipment. Of course, three meatheads come up to me and ask me how many sets I had left. I said one and they gave me a dirty look and hovered. Then they tried to take over the equipment some woman was using - then hovered around both of us. Grrrr. Why not hover around the guy talking on his phone?

    A bit later I was using the rope pulldown and another guy started hovering. Once again, I did my sets very quickly while the guy on the exact same equipment read the newspaper. The hoverer then started doing pullups while I was working out, even though newspaper guy's equipment wasn't being used.

    The other thing that's really pissing me off is people spreading their crap all over the benches in the locker room (including the three meatheads who hovered around me).

    There, I feel better now.

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    Jan 06, 2009 6:05 PM GMT
    perhaps we should all take a moment, breathe deeply, grasp hands a sing a chorus of kumbayah

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    Jan 06, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
    BodyWork4 saidperhaps we should all take a moment, breathe deeply, grasp hands a sing a chorus of kumbayah

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    Naked??? That would make me feel SO much better!!!!
  • Timbales

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    Jan 06, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
    Depending on what kind of gym you belong to, these newbies are people that help keep the doors open.
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    Jan 06, 2009 6:28 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidDepending on what kind of gym you belong to, these newbies are people that help keep the doors open.


    I agree! It seems to be the more popular chains like Gold's and 24Hr
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    Jan 06, 2009 6:48 PM GMT
    well I´m kinda guilty of some of the "what does this machine do" stuff as it seems that every gym here prides itself on using a different type of machine. After 5 different gyms, all of which have different makes of equipment, some of which only have evil machines, I am getting rather good at going "Oh, THAT´s the leg press". And the catches are different and stuff. So maybe the clueless guy is just not used to your stuff. I have now worked out my routines in lb and not kg, which means I do a bit less of the gormless hovering.


    Oh, I started working out one May, not Jan 5th. If something is worth doing, do it. Don´t wait til some random date.
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    Jan 06, 2009 6:50 PM GMT
    a1972guy said
    Timberoo saidDepending on what kind of gym you belong to, these newbies are people that help keep the doors open.


    I agree! It seems to be the more popular chains like Gold's and 24Hr


    I belong to a small, private gym and if it weren't for the newbies, he'd have to close his doors.
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    Jan 06, 2009 6:53 PM GMT
    Lostboy76 said

    Oh, I started working out one May, not Jan 5th. If something is worth doing, do it. Don´t wait til some random date.


    EXACTLY!!!!! My point, long-winded and ranty, but my point!
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    Jan 06, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    It's great to see so many people making a commitment to getting in shape. The deer-in-the-headlights resolutioners are way less annoying than the regulars who should know better than to drop dumbbells from shoulder height, leave plates on the bar, and just generally act like jackasses.

    But you're right, a1972guy... it would make more sense to start at another point in the year. I'd guess that a new gym goer would have a higher chance of succeeding if they kicked off their plan at a less-busy time.
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    Jan 06, 2009 7:11 PM GMT
    There's a huge difference between new people needing help and those who act like they own the place. I don't mind someone asking questions or needing help, vs. those people who think they know everything.

    I actually had someone recommend taking the month of January off - which isn't a bad idea.

    Part of the problem is the chain gyms with their aggressive sales techniques and squeezing multi-year contracts out of new members. The gyms make more money off of the people who stop going after one month but still pay for a three-year membership. I'm sure they lose money on those of us who go 4 or more days a week.
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    Jan 06, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    lissenup said

    I actually had someone recommend taking the month of January off - which isn't a bad idea.


    Really sounds like a good idea to me as well!!!!
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    Jan 06, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    if you can, try going during the middle of the day or other off-peak hours. I almost never see newbies. It's phenomenal.
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    Jan 06, 2009 10:11 PM GMT
    Anyone who questions the need for or the basic courtesy of simply asking "How many sets do you have left?" or "Are you still using this?" clearly needs to read this thread.
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    Jan 06, 2009 10:13 PM GMT
    genqb saidif you can, try going during the middle of the day or other off-peak hours. I almost never see newbies. It's phenomenal.


    IF ONLY I could get away from my job-site for a couple of hours mid-day!!!
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    Jan 06, 2009 10:13 PM GMT
    I agree...I went to the gym last night and it was INSANE. Yesterday was a cardio only day for me, and I just needed a treadmill for about 40 minutes. Never have had to wait, but there was A LINE. And in addition to there being a line, 90% of the people on the treadmills were walking while watching TV. And there were bags everywhere, people hanging their coats on the sides of the machines, people talking on cellphones while WALKING (and did I mention watching TV?) and one woman who "saved" a treadmill by draping her earphones over the front while she went to do some stretches. I've been going to this branch of my gym for the past few years and I love it. For some reason though, this January seems worse than in the past. Or maybe I'm just more obsessive about my own workouts and am having a hard time adjusting?

    I agree--more power to the folks who will stick and get in shape. I applaud them. I smoked for 20 years and was so out of shape it was pathetic until I hauled my sorry ass to the gym and had to start from ground zero. It's the bad behavior I can't stand, along with the obvious laziness and the people who are there but are not actually working out, the couples who will only work out next to each other, the women who do horizontal leg stretches on the mat when there's limited space and they've already taken up extra room with their bag and coat that should be in the damn locker anyway. I wish I could fast-forward the gym to March when most of them will realize that their TVs at home get more channels and they can just watch TV there.

    Guess I needed to vent too. Phew!
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    Jan 06, 2009 10:55 PM GMT
    Here's the thing about resolutions. I think that they're a great opportunity to re-orient yourself. Myself for example. I don't generally do a set of resolutions in the sense of "I'm going to do A, B, & C." I dedicate the year to an aspect of my life that I want to focus myself and work on. 2007 was the year of finances. I took some good hard looks at how I made money, how I spent money, and figured out how I could better manage my money. While I'm certainly not completely stable, I am out of all debt and finally beginning to have a bit of excess money. 2008 was the year of friendships. I wanted to broaden my circle of friends, go on more dates, and just generally socialize and be more open to people. I think I've made a lot of progress on that scope. This year is dedicated to fitness. While I've not lead a horribly awful lifestyle, it's not where I want to be. So I'm evaluating my lifestyle, trying to cut back on my drinking, really adjusting my eating habits, and yes of course, get back to the gym a lot more regularly and consistently.

    So yes, of course, the newbies in the gyms are annoying, but be encouraging. We all have had to start somewhere!
  • Rookz

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    Jan 06, 2009 11:08 PM GMT
    I just came back my vacation (love Montreal) and my gym is crazy packed. icon_eek.gif

    I feel you in the insanity in which people bring to the gym. I'm all for people who are down for a healthy and fit change, but their not doing themselves a favor by coming in at a congested time. They get turned off, regulars hate them, it just back-fires on what their hoping to happen.

    It would be great if there was a How-To guide for newbies on equipment use, times best to go to the gym, etiquette, etc. Wait! Newbies should have been asking the gym staff these questions!

    If they'd only do themselves a favor.
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    Jan 07, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    I can't stand New Years Resolutioners who get on a piece of equipment and then stay there for 30 minutes or those who get on the cardio and hold on for dear lift for a couple of hours.

    I think that New Years Resolutioners should be sent through training on how to use the gym before they can actually workout.

    My gym was packed last night, can't wait until they give up.
  • docbailey2005

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    Jan 07, 2009 1:52 AM GMT
    AMEN!!!! Heck i give it til Feb for most. But i guess have to give many credit for having the balls to come in and at least try. I go to 24 hour and damn it's mega packed. Hope i don't have to perform CPR
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    Jan 07, 2009 1:56 AM GMT
    This happens every year. They wander around taking up space. Getting in my way. I just want to push them aside and tell them to take up space on the other side of the gym. By the end of February its back to normal again. By this time most of the people have thrown out their new years resolutions...the others now know what they are doing move through the weights like everyone else.