It’s already starting. The influx of New Years resolution noobs are starting to trickle into the gyms across the nation. Well, at least they are here in my gym in NYC. Even though it was a dreary Sunday afternoon and not many people were in there today working out there were more than enough newbies to keep me entertained. It just amazes me what I see, and after all these years going to the gym I am still shocked at some of the stupidity I observe. I know that after the holiday abuse we put our bodies through with all the bad eating and drinking that many look to the long cold doldrum days of winter to try and get back in shape for the Spring and Summer. The problem is many of these gym novices have no clue what they are doing, and get in the regular gym members’ way. That, and they also endanger themselves! Stay away from me noob!
So many people join health clubs and gyms across the nation with the whole intent on trying to get fit and in-shape. Yet, many will quit never to return after a few months. Those I feel sad for because they are just wasting their money. Then there are those who will stick it out and keep pushing on even though they don’t know what they are doing. These people befuddle me as they refuse to ask anyone for advice or help with a fitness plan or how to use the equipment. They never make any real gains or changes to their physiques. I have seen some strange things going on in my gym lately.
One thing that bothers me at my health club is that the personal trainers will see these members doing exercises totally wrong, or not properly using the equipment and weights, but will not offer any assistance. It drives me nuts. I think they feel that they will only help if that person is paying to train them. In my past life I was a personal trainer, and also a gym manager for a short time, and I always went out of my way to offer advice. In fact, in my old gym that was expected from our employees. Seems like many today won’t bother unless that person signs up for personal training sessions. There is nothing wrong with offering some quick advice on form or equipment, and I have been known to do it myself. Hey, we all know some people will listen and some won’t, but at least I feel good making an effort. I’d rather also not see anyone get injured. Including me as I am currently in training for a Tough Mudder on April 19th and running it for the Wounded Warrior Project! Read about it in this recent post – http://blog.theregularguynyc.com/?p=5226
Here, in jest, are some of my gym noob pet peeves. I ain’t mad bro! Just kind of annoyed, and humored at the same time. Also, you’re blocking my view in the mirror. Move along!
This has to be one that drives me crazy. Who are you? Stop talking to me while I am squatting!
Why are you yelling, screaming, and grunting? You are chest pressing with 25 pound dumbells! My 94 year old grandma lifts more!
Cell phone conversations while working out and I am waiting for that bench? Don’t be that guy known as the gym douche.
Um, let me guess, you were reading some lame BS magazine article on exercise? What the eff? NOOBS!
Hey dude, you know there are squat racks and leg workout equipment here too, right?
What is up with the old dudes that are always walking around naked in the men’s locker room! Cover up that nastiness already!
I guess it will never change as each year it’s all the same. It’s a vicious cycle when it comes to this country and New Year’s resolutions. I think many start out with noble thoughts but most just go back to their old vices. Hopefully, some will do well, and not get in our way!