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The January Gym Overload

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I haven't owned a gym membership since the early 1980's (anybody else remember European Health Spas? Shag carpet + working out = ewwww!) Anyway, now that the kids are older and there's a teeny bit of extra money in the coffers, I bought a membership to my local gym. I use the treadmill, the elliptical (only occasionally because I suck at it!) and take group classes. I haven't yet ventured into the free-weight area, but got The New Rules of Lifting for Women www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_
for Christmas, and I have my lifting gloves, so it's one of my goals for the year. Anyway, long story short, I've read before on other people's blogs about the glut of New Year's Resolutionaries who clog the gyms in January. I believed it, but had never experienced it first-hand. Yesterday, when I went to my Wednesday RIPPED class, there were more people than usual, including one woman who took over the space I'd staked out for myself with weights & yoga mat and then proceeded to spill over into the next area I moved to. Aggravating, to say the least. Don't get me wrong, I am ALL FOR people working on improving their health. There is a polite way to work in groups, is all I'm sayin'. Apparently the rest of the gym filled up during my class time (4 to 5pm - prime after-work gym window) so there were 3 people queued up to fill my parking space once I figured out how to back out without hitting any of them :-(

It'll just take some getting used to, I guess, and I'm up to the task. Although, from what I've also read on other people's blogs, by the time I've adjusted to it, most of them will have given that whole healthy-living thing up until next January!
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    Hang in there. They will be gone before the month ends, maybe even sooner than that. Too bad the owner can't talk to these people about gym etiquette.
    1864 days ago
    Yeah, they don't last long! (hahah Resolutionaries -- funny!). And I just bought the book today too, Yoovie convinced me. Definitely ready for something new! Will look forward to hearing how it goes for you!

    1865 days ago
    99% of them will be gone by the third week in January. Sad but true.
    1865 days ago
    I know that for the first week of the year at my gym, the after-work crowd was bigger than normal, but it has definitely thinned, especially in the cardio machine area.

    Fortunately, I do the exercise bikes when I do cardio machines, so it's never an issue, and the early morning crowd is pretty much the same (not a lot of Resolution folks wanting to go to the gym at 5AM), so I make sure to get my strength training in the morning on those days when I need to do it, and then get my biking on in the afternoons those days.
    1865 days ago
    Hi there - how are you doing?

    I had a YMCA membership a few years ago.

    Exactly like that... the resolution makers show up in January and things return to pre-holidays situation by February when they've mostly abandoned their resolutions.

    I suspect gyms make most of their money of off folks who pay all that money and then never darken the door of the gym more than a few times.

    Make it a great day!
    1865 days ago
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