How crowded is your gym now?

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    Jan 06, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
    Lord-amercy! My gym has been packed since New Year's. I was astounded when I walked into the locker room and could hardly find room to change. Last night the gym floor was just buzzing with folks. And yet, my favorite machine, the cross cable machine, was available. I was like "thank you, lord" I guess this will go on until the end of January or so.

    How crowded is your gym now?
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    Jan 06, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    The annual New Year Gym Pilgrimage. Give it until the first week in February and it will pass. I never understood why people fall by the wayside so quick.

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    Jan 06, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    Same here... and the amateurs are sitting on the machines and benches and chatting on the cell phone...mostly telling people where they are to impress them.

    There was an article on Reajock as to why people fail.. evidently the ones that give up have an unrealistic notion that a few days at the gym and you'll be ripped

    http://www.realjock.com/article/1568/

  • WILDCARD73

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    Jan 06, 2010 2:59 PM GMT
    my gym is constantly busy...
    the crowd that goes there is a steady crowd, almost like a family now, they have been there forever, u get to see new faces every now and then appearing
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    Jan 06, 2010 2:59 PM GMT
    That brings back memories, not good ones! My ex-gym used to be crowded all the time, even worse this time of year. Now, it's just me and my bf no matter what time or day we go. icon_smile.gif And sometimes our buddy in the condo above ours jumps on the treadmill or elliptical.

    Home gyms aren't for everybody, but it's been the best investment I've made. I hated the crowds, the attitudes, the girls in makeup and jewelry holding up machines forever, plugging along at a snail's pace, no sweat, yapping on cellphones. Welcome so Gold's in South Boston. Good Riddance!

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    Jan 06, 2010 3:00 PM GMT
    Yes, this time every year…have to change up the routine to off-peak times.

    It is the same at University the first of the Semester—no parking.

    Yes, within 6 weeks it’s all back to normal.
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:03 PM GMT
    The weight rooms are just as crowded as ever. The cardio room and the bull shit classes (six pack abs through crocheting) are packed, however.

    It will be clear again in a few weeks. But there always are a couple of fatties who stick with it, so I don't mind.
  • jon92027

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    Jan 06, 2010 3:07 PM GMT
    it has been busier, but not so busy that I can find what I want. I go the smaller of the 24 hour fitnesses in the city I live so I think most of the "amateurs" may be going to big one with the basketball courts and the pool and jacuzzi and steam room. Which is fine with me
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:10 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidThe weight rooms are just as crowded as ever. The cardio room and the bull shit classes (six pack abs through crocheting) are packed, however.

    It will be clear again in a few weeks. But there always are a couple of fatties who stick with it, so I don't mind.


    where can I take this class? I'd love six pack abs and an afgan.
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    Not that long ago - I was one of those resolutioners hitting the gym for the first time... but I stuck with it!!
  • speedoguy53

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    Jan 06, 2010 3:12 PM GMT
    The "Y" in Sarasota claims they get 1,000 new memberships in January....but about 80% of those stop after a month or so.....had trouble getting a locker the last couple of days......nice to see some new faces tho!
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:13 PM GMT
    My power yoga class was so packed on Monday night, that I got kicked in the head several times during some of the poses.

    And the new people who were there, left before the 1 1/2 hr class ended. I guess they must have thought the class was going to be easy.icon_lol.gif
  • justinlee86

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    Jan 06, 2010 3:21 PM GMT
    it was awful how packed the gym was....I was rather shocked though...I did not have to wait very long for any of the machines. I was out in about an hour and fifteen. They will start dropping once their tired little bodies get to sore to function...unfortunately the talkers are the ones that dont drop till later in the year icon_evil.gif
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:22 PM GMT
    I predict 5 weeks and all is back to normal. Last year it recovered before the end of January! I am convinced it is because these couch potatoes come in and over-lift - get really sore - then wait for the pain to go away before doing it one more time - then saying ENOUGH!

    I always like to welcome them - saying out loud to know one in particular when I enter the packed locker room "Ah yes, the New Year's resolution crowd is back - thanks for subsidizing our gym!" The regulars laugh - the newbees all have puzzled looks on their faces.
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:30 PM GMT
    The resolutionaries have packed my gym. I usually go to my gym around 3:30 in the afternoon where it is dead and I am having trouble doing them the way I normally do. I know that there is a high level of annoyance from the regulars about the novices.

    It can be agitating when you want to use a machine and it is being occupied by someone who is using it incorrectly when you know you'd be getting much more out of being there than they would. The general consensus is that most of them will give up and be out of the gym by February but it is my hope that as many people as possible make a serious life change like I did in 2006. We are better as a whole if everyone maintains an active lifestyle.
  • Hunter9

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    Jan 06, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    fortunately, my gym is a shit hole... so it never really gets TOO crowded
  • Sebastian18

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    Jan 06, 2010 3:50 PM GMT
    My gym, while already one of the busier ones in my area, was pretty much jam-packed the other night when I went. While typically pretty slow during the morning hours when I'm wont to go, my second job now means I have to go in the evening when everyone (except for the septuagenarian grandmothers I adore) decides to come in. icon_cry.gif
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    Jan 06, 2010 3:50 PM GMT
    Bigsmiles saidSame here... and the amateurs are sitting on the machines and benches and chatting on the cell phone...mostly telling people where they are to impress them.

    There was an article on Reajock as to why people fail.. evidently the ones that give up have an unrealistic notion that a few days at the gym and you'll be ripped

    http://www.realjock.com/article/1568/



    Hold on. If someone pays for gym membership then they are entiltled to be there if they have paid. Dont presume you are better than anybody because you have more muscle. Buy your own equipement if the gym gets packed or move to a less packed gym.
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:00 PM GMT
    Very and I hate it. I'm thinking of stop going until around February or so. Hopefully the crowd would have left
  • Run4Life83

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    Jan 06, 2010 4:17 PM GMT
    The gym is definitely packed now, it's encouraging to see, and makes me remember when I began my training regimen and was part of that new crowd of faces. I do my best to encourage them by offering to spot, or just chatting to them while they're on the treadmill so that they can see that the gym is a family and that we're all there for the same goals. Hopefully more than just a few will stick around.

    Invariably though after February 14 the place thins out for a week, but then picks up going into Spring Break. (Ah the joys of working on a college campus :-D)
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:30 PM GMT
    I was just talking to a friend about this last night!
    I was dawdling in my apartment (probably on RJ) and got to cardio kickboxing late. I take spin, boxing, blah, blah, blah and like to be teachers pet so I always am in the front of the class. I got there and there were about 30 people (not the biggest room) and it was packed except for a little room front and center that the regulars saved for me. I got a hairy eyeball or two when I got there because class had already started but the class thinned out to about 15 by the end... mostly the hairy eyeballs. I always forget about the "lose weight" NY resolutions. It makes me smile to think people are trying, but it will probably last a month max for most.
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    Jan 06, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    I hate the time between New Year and March when the gym is the busiest ever. The interest seems to die down in March....
  • Aquanerd

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    Jan 06, 2010 4:43 PM GMT
    I find @ 5am it's always easy to get a machine or bench or lane. Only the serious show up then.
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    Jan 06, 2010 5:06 PM GMT
    LakeviewJames saidThe resolutionaries have packed my gym. I usually go to my gym around 3:30 in the afternoon where it is dead and I am having trouble doing them the way I normally do. I know that there is a high level of annoyance from the regulars about the novices.

    It can be agitating when you want to use a machine and it is being occupied by someone who is using it incorrectly when you know you'd be getting much more out of being there than they would. The general consensus is that most of them will give up and be out of the gym by February but it is my hope that as many people as possible make a serious life change like I did in 2006. We are better as a whole if everyone maintains an active lifestyle.


    resolutionaries .. hahaha. , that's a keeper.

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    i haven't noticed an influx of newcomers but since i always go late, around 9pm i think i just miss them. yay.

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    Jan 06, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    It seems obvious that the business model for a lot of these gyms depends on having a large number of paying members who don't actually use the facilities. Could it be that the ephemeral january fatties are actually subsidizing the workouts of the dedicated gym rats?