How Will You Deal with The Invasion of Newbies?

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    Dec 25, 2015 4:40 PM GMT
    The New Years resoluters are coming to a gym near you. How do you deal with this invasion?
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 25, 2015 6:34 PM GMT
    jimib saidThe New Years resoluters are coming to a gym near you. How do you deal with this invasion?

    Welcome them, be patient, understand they may not be intending to be unthoughtful, offer to spot for the hot ones...
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    Dec 25, 2015 8:09 PM GMT
    I use free weights and some cable machines that the newbies typically don't use.
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    Dec 26, 2015 12:59 AM GMT
    Not be the newbie who only knows how to work a muscle group with one piece of equipment!

    January = Creative month at the gym ;)
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    Dec 26, 2015 3:17 AM GMT
    I always end up with great, funny stories to tell. And, we usually make wagers on how long some will last that never ask for / seek help. icon_smile.gif


  • jrc2005

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    Dec 26, 2015 1:49 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidI use free weights and some cable machines that the newbies typically don't use.


    Exactly. And go when they're less likely to go -- before 5pm weekdays and later afternoon weekends, I think. Or, whenever the group classes are NOT being held, because the newbies typically can't exercise without people yelling at them icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 26, 2015 7:19 PM GMT
    Just think everyone on here was a newbie to the gym
    At one point or another and I'm sure You did everything perfect
    Your first trip

    Just another way to be perfectly rude and disrespectful
    Nice to see people would rather make fun of someone's failures
    And make bets on how long someone would keep going to the gym
    Before they quit

    And you all freaking scream and wave your flags for equal
    Rights when someone makes fun of you (gay )
    This crap pisses me off


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    Dec 26, 2015 7:38 PM GMT
    jimib saidThe New Years resoluters are coming to a gym near you. How do you deal with this invasion?


    Set up a franchise to sell magic powders and "premium" accessories icon_twisted.gif
  • jjguy05

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    Dec 27, 2015 1:05 AM GMT
    Be patient, don't let them get to me, even the rude/defense ones. And no, they don't want my help. And try not to let my head fill up with hot air, as I myself am a "newbie" to the bodybuilders.
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    Dec 27, 2015 1:33 AM GMT
    Let's be honest, we've all been the "newbies" at the gym at some point of our lives. With more members, gyms can have enough cash to invest in better equipment and possibly expansion if that is a viable option (much like what my gym has done in the last near-decade I've been a member there). As long as they are not leaving machines smeared with sweat, spitting phlegm on the water fountain, or hogging gym machines for excessively long time (like some regulars do), I have no problem with them.
  • leanandclean

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    Dec 27, 2015 2:24 AM GMT
    Inaudible grumbling maybe?
  • jjguy05

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    Dec 27, 2015 5:22 AM GMT
    Iron1970 saidJust think everyone on here was a newbie to the gym
    At one point or another and I'm sure You did everything perfect
    Your first trip


    In fairness, a lot of newbies act in away I never did when I was new.

    I walked into the gym humble, wore two layers of t-shirts because I was embarrassed to be skinny, and was intimidated by the free weights area. Nowadays, a lot of newbies think they can lift insane amounts from day one, and they ridiculously swing the weight, put on this jerky look on their face, and walk around with ILS like they're the shit.

    When I started venturing in the free weights area under the guidance of a friend that taught me the basics, I always re-racked weights. A lot of newbies don't.

    I worked out with myself or one friend. A lot of newbies go into the free weights area with a whole entourage of their skinny friends and they'll take up the power rack, bench, pec-dec, smith machine, cables, etc, for an hour.

    I had respect for guys that had better physiques than me. Nowadays, newbies are assholes to me (but they'll suck up to the biggest bodybuilder, because they think that if they can be "friends" [i.e. on gym talking terms] with him, then they'll magically become like him).

    So, there are a lot of legitimate complaints against newbies. The good ones that mind their own business tend to stick to the cardio machines and pin-loaded machines. I will bend over backwards to make those folks feel welcome and at ease in the gym. The asshole ones venture into the free weights area with an oversized ego.
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    Dec 27, 2015 7:44 AM GMT
    In all fairness to the noobs, I don't mind and have nothing against the ones that are in the gym to actually get a serious workout in, whether they ask for help or not. Just don't have a "social hour" or "manhood moments", getting the way or distracting so many. No matter what time of the year nor who it is. As long as you're seriously training, showing respect and can receive constructive criticism from someone that actually knows his or her stuff, you're cool with me! Everyone else, find another gym. icon_cool.gif

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    Dec 27, 2015 9:24 AM GMT
    I don't complain. They're excellent gif material.

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    Dec 27, 2015 1:43 PM GMT
    AaronH20P saidI don't complain. They're excellent gif material.

    Z0f8FdD.gif


    That needs to be seen twice.

    Hilarious!
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    Dec 27, 2015 4:03 PM GMT
    Oh man ..... I cant explain but that is freaking
    Disturbing
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    Dec 27, 2015 4:13 PM GMT
    Not the gym, but I'm going to start seeing all the New Year's Runners on the streets and park trails.

    Brand spankin' new running shoes, and way WAY too much overstuffed under armour....

    But I remember when I started running and when my shoes were new and my compression gear was kinda tight... and I try to offer encouragement to folks that are putting in the effort.

    Just a "Lookin' good" as I pass them... or even just a "Good Morning" greeting... a little bit of kindness goes a long way.
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    Dec 27, 2015 4:14 PM GMT
    freedomisntfree said
    AaronH20P saidI don't complain. They're excellent gif material.

    Z0f8FdD.gif


    That needs to be seen twice.

    Hilarious!

    New machine... the Twerkmaster 3000!
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    Dec 27, 2015 7:25 PM GMT
    jimib saidThe New Years resoluters are coming to a gym near you. How do you deal with this invasion?

    Wait a couple weeks and the problem goes away.

  • jrc2005

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    Dec 27, 2015 8:48 PM GMT
    Iron1970 saidJust think everyone on here was a newbie to the gym
    At one point or another and I'm sure You did everything perfect
    Your first trip

    Just another way to be perfectly rude and disrespectful
    Nice to see people would rather make fun of someone's failures
    And make bets on how long someone would keep going to the gym
    Before they quit

    And you all freaking scream and wave your flags for equal
    Rights when someone makes fun of you (gay )
    This crap pisses me off




    Jeez, taking it a little far IMO. We all know that the gym population swells around New Years (and, later, near spring break or start of summer), of people who are well-meaning but the majority of them will fall off the wagon and stop coming after a few weeks or a couple months. They are serial resolutioners who lack motivation and, though we wish them well and want them to stick to it, they're really just in the way.
  • Hugh_Jass

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    Dec 27, 2015 11:46 PM GMT
    If they doing the same exercise I'm doing then I ask can I get in. But if I'm using it and I got heavy ass weight, I tell them it going to be a min bruh
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    Dec 28, 2015 11:09 PM GMT
    Started already. Today I saw a guy riding the Gravitron like it was Seabiscuit icon_rolleyes.gif
  • jjguy05

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    Dec 28, 2015 11:51 PM GMT
    JDuderrr saidStarted already. Today I saw a guy riding the Gravitron like it was Seabiscuit icon_rolleyes.gif


    That's early. The crowds usually start about a week or two into the new year, depending on the gym.
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    Dec 28, 2015 11:58 PM GMT
    My main problem is with the squat rack. They would lift but then rest for like 15 minutes between sets or perform circuit.
  • MarkPhoenix

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    Dec 29, 2015 12:33 AM GMT
    Mean mug, invasively ask them how many sets they have left - basically, affirm all of their concerns about joining a gym in the first place so they go away again