• HndsmKansan

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    Jan 02, 2008 2:59 PM GMT
    Well here we are... the start of the new year and you know what your gym is going to be like.....

    New Years Resolutioners, god love em, that group of people to decide to change their lifestyle in one fell swoop by coming into the gym and to get fit. The gym director at my YMCA branch said that over 40% of all new memberships comes at this time of year and that the majority of them vanish by mid February.

    Now let me be clear, I think anyone who wants to get fit should be encouraged and assisted in a gym or anywhere else. I don't mind getting a few questions by someone new to the gym or giving input if asked. Its just that you know the parking lot will be jammed, lockers in the locker room will be scarce and machines occupied. I will endevour not to go to the gym on a Monday night anytime for the next 6 weeks.

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    Jan 02, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    I hate hate hate hate this time of the year at my gym- parking there is already bad, this time of the year makes it unbearable. I've already seen the trainers walking bunches of new people around giving them the tour, and I'll probably change my workout time so I won't be annoyed at waiting for machines.
  • BlackJock79

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    Jan 02, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    Yep. This time of year sucks every year. It's amazing how the gym fills up and then empties out by March. LOL
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    Jan 02, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    My gym is in a mall and it was just unbelievable over Christmas to find parking...sometimes took me 15 minutes just to find a parking spot. Now we'll see how quickly the place fills good thing is that the new folks don't usually stay on one piece of equipment very I'll try and exercise the patience that I don't have....hopefully better than I did in the parking lot.
  • jockdreams

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    Jan 02, 2008 4:46 PM GMT
    I have to go early in the morning (5:00 am) to avoid the crowds -- fortunately i should be able to return to normal hours in about a month
  • art_smass

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    Jan 02, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    I don't mind the new faces. I have a lot of flexibility in my schedule, so I try to hit the cardio area at about 4:00 in the afternoon when it's not so busy. Otherwise, I'm at the gym to teach classes three days a week, so I just try to fit in weights around my classes. I teach a Sunday class, too, and afterward you could shoot a cannon through the gym. I spend a couple of hours in the weight room while everyone else is eating brunch.
  • auryn

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    Jan 02, 2008 5:04 PM GMT
    I've never really paid attention to the trend of the new swarms of people. My only question is, should I look out for new hotties? As long as all of the guys in the locker room are good looking, I'll manage to get through the over-crowding.
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    Jan 02, 2008 5:35 PM GMT
    This time of year is insane! The 24 Hr here in LV was packed yesterday morning at 8:30am.... I enjoy the new people, just not as many of them =)
  • olden

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    Jan 02, 2008 6:40 PM GMT
    I must have lucked out. I went into 24HR in Irvine at 8 this morning and seem to have gotten in between the business men who need to be at work at 8 and the mothers who have to get their kid to school by 9. Two thirds of the stationary bikes were free and 90% of the weight benches were open. I have to admit that the machines were at 50%-60% occupancy, but a lot of the free-weighters who filled the benches this last week must have been home nursing post-game hangovers.

    Happy New Year to all RJers.
  • fitnfunmich

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    Jan 02, 2008 8:18 PM GMT
    I totally get it, Hndsm. This was so frustrating to me that I actually changed gyms over it. I workout at prime-time (after work) and after driving around and around tring to find a place to park my car, then waiting and waiting for some free weights, I switched entirely to a brand-new, smaller gym. Couldn't be happier. So far... icon_smile.gif

    I know lots of guys who change their workout times this time of year too, but that doesn't work for me cuz I own a biz and can't do the early morning thing.

    How does everybody else handle this issue??
  • justinlee86

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    Jan 02, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    yeah I must admit that i hate the beginning of the year. It wouldnt be so bad if people would just come and work out...but no, a lot of them (besides the usual socialitse at the gym) just hang out with their friends and it kills me ahhhh...

    I dont mind if people ask me questions but i tend to avoid them with the IPOD on.

    Happy new years everyone!!!!

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    Jan 02, 2008 9:26 PM GMT
    LOL, there's never a crush in the laundry room.

    There is a crucial link in my bike route (the only feasible way across a mountain pass, other than the interstate) that's a popular tourist hike/bike path. It gets rather annoyingly congested from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Too icy in the winter.

    A relatively large number of timid and/or out of shape people drive to the plateau where my farm is, to run, walk, or bike on relatively flat ground. TThey park on the turnouts on my property and sometimes block my driveway. There are a few more of them this week, but the weather seems to be keeping most away.

    One time, between heart attacks, my Dad got on a fitness kick and decided to start jogging. I actually got phone calls from people up and down the road, "Is that YOUR DAD out running in the road????!!!!" LOL! It didn't last long.
  • Artesin

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    Jan 02, 2008 9:48 PM GMT
    Ahaha I pity you lot who have gym memberships. I on the other hand am protected within the sanctuary of a military base away from all the new years revolutioners icon_twisted.gif
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    Jan 02, 2008 9:54 PM GMT
    Because of the iPod I'm using, no one ask me anything unless they want to use a machine I'm on. I'm not asked also, because there's a lot of really built guys that I assume would be asked way before me. Of course, although I think I'm approachable, I may be inadvertently giving off a 'leave me alone' attitude unintentionally.

    As to the time of year. New Year's Eve, the gym was packed. Early this morning, however, it was far more empty than normal. At my gym, it seems most crowded when the outside temperature hit's above 70 (it's 30 today) and everybody starts to think about swimwear.
  • irishboxers

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    Jan 02, 2008 10:41 PM GMT
    Good for them for making the change, but I think it's up to us as more experienced gym-goers to be flexible and not discourage them. As long as we're flexible with our workouts and gently nudge them in the right direction (for example, remind them that if they're not doing the circuit workout, they shouldn't be hanging out on the machines), there should be a minimum of conflict.

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  • mtnsky

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    Jan 02, 2008 11:22 PM GMT
    I hate this time of the year in the gym.
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    Jan 02, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    How can you not love the first week of January? All that enthusiasm. It's like people just discovered electricity. After a visit or two to the disco of the new millenium, they go "Oh, yeah, I forgot. Disco sucks!".
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    Jan 03, 2008 1:52 AM GMT
    Great point McGay! It's why I have my iPod. Even in my predominantly straight gym, I don't want to hear 'It's raining men' again.
  • atxclimber

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    Jan 03, 2008 3:02 AM GMT
    Wow. I was thinking just the other day, "I should take advantage of our cheap 24hr memberships and see if I can bulk up a bit just for fun to see how much muscle I could put on in a month." And it never occurred to me that it was a New Year's Resolution thing. But now that you mention it, I think I'll steer clear.

    Fortunately, not a lot of New Year's Resolutioners swarm the climbing gym or yoga studios I frequent.

    I guess I'll wait until February.
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    Jan 06, 2008 10:33 AM GMT
    I don't know about in the US, but in Europe and Oceania all of those people are tied in for at least 12 months and help keep the fees down for the rest of us even after they've gotten bored and don't come no more. So I don't mind the January rush so much in that light ;-).
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    Jan 12, 2008 4:07 AM GMT
    oh goodness its a nightmare trying to work out at a reasonable time any 6-8pm the cardio center in my gym is packed with suburban housewives doing their casual jaunts for 30-45 minutes on every single treadmill in sight. I'm a runner at heart I guess so I'm giving them all evil eyes while my legs are yelling at me like "what in god's name are those bitches doing? WE NEED TO GET GOING!"

  • SkyMiles

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    Jan 12, 2008 4:32 AM GMT
    I'm right there with ya, HK. Parking? Try the BACK of the lot. Lockers? Open up about 20 before you find one that's free? Got a set routine? Not anymore! Whatever you want to do is occupied!
    It is tremendously frustrating ;(

    I guess the bright side is that most of them will be gone soon, and their memberships will pay for the gym to stay open the whole rest of the year! icon_twisted.gif