We all know the term January Joiner, someone who joins the gym at the beginning of the year as a way to follow through with their resolutions and in turn our gyms get flooded with new people. Then in March suddenly our gyms are ours again.
I think the term has a bad rap, and I think sometimes people at gyms is what makes a January joiner become a statistic.
We were all once a “January Joiner”. Whether you joined in January at July, the first time anyone joined a gym it’s likely you didn’t know everything about every piece of equipment, what weight you should be using, or how to properly execute the exercise to make sure you were doing it correctly.
All over facebook and twitter are complaints about how people can’t wait until the January joiners leave. Personally, I think it’s terrible and sad.
People stay on treadmills because while it may take you 30 mins to run a 5k, it may take someone new 30 mins to walk/run a mile.
People loiter around the weights, not because they are lazy, but because maybe they aren’t sure what they are supposed to do.
I know I am not perfect when it comes to the gym, and some days, I took longer than I should have with the treadmill, I have used the wrong weights, I have done an exercise incorrectly, and I have used weights longer than I should because someone was waiting for me to be done.
Here’s the thing, we should be ecstatic that these people are changing their lives, for the better, not putting them down and glaring at them while they use “our” equipment.
As a nation we are fat and unhealthy, if that unhealthy person joins a gym, it wouldn’t kill you to be nice but it could kill them if you intimidate them enough that they are scared to come to the gym.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and people don’t know everything in a gym after a day. Give a smile instead of glare, and maybe you’ll feel better too.
How do you feel about the term January Joiners?