I’ve been saying this for years, but you know they say you have to repeat things at least 3 times for them to sink in so I figured why not put it out there once again!
I LOVE the New Year’s rush at the gym.
Not everyone agrees with me, in fact, some of you have whole heartedly said you HATE my philosophy.
And I get that!
I remember the New Year’s slam at the gym and feeling frustrated because suddenly my quiet 5AM workout was filled with people who looked lost, confused and were often not actually working out.
So what changed?
A New Mindset
Why do I now embrace the crush every year? I realized it was an opportunity…
Favorite machine in use? Great reason to test out a brand new workout and build your strength.
Favorite class filled up? You’ve been saying you’d cross train for ages, now you can.
Feeling unmotivated? Helping someone get started on their journey is a fast way to renew your interest.
Cold weather weenie? Been sliding on to the treadmill more than you care to admit because of the weather, well the full treadmills might be the final push to get you back outside enjoying what winter running has to offer.
Of course not everyone will stay.
BUT what if a few more people stick around because instead of feeling intimidated they felt welcomed?
You Were Once New Too
Maybe I also still remember being the newbie..it’s hard in any situation, but the gym can be intimidating on many levels from feeling out of the social loop to not know what to do, to judging yourself against those who look so insanely fit.
In fact, I wrote a whole post on why we should ALL continue to embrace being a beginner!
All of that being said, I’m not a wacko! I’m busy and have stuff to get done, which simply means being smart.
I avoid going at peak times.
I look for what I can do outside the gym, if I know that I’m not in the spirit to embrace everyone.
I remember it’s a chance to cross train a little more.
I make friends.
I smile because it’s impossible to be upset when smiling.
How do you feel about the New Year’s gym crowds?
How do you help new people feel more comfortable?