Combating the New Year’s Resolutioner Parade at Your Gym

5 Jan

If you’re a regular gym-goer, you’ve been dreading this time of year since last February. That’s right, the holiday season is officially over, so it’s time for the annual herd of new year’s resolutioner to sign up for a gym membership, consequently making working out a nightmare for the next two months. Those of us on the standard twelve month workout schedule understand that 20 minutes of walking on the treadmill will not negate that donut that you ate for breakfast.

Never fear, although the average new year’s resolutioner starts off super excited about getting in shape with their new gym membership, the honeymoon will soon be over. By the end of February, most will surrender their dreams of quick weight loss and plant themselves back on the couch where they belong.

Spotting a New Year’s Resolutioner

It’s easy to spot a doe-eyed new year’s resolutioner testing out their new gym membership because:

  • They’re covered head-to-toe in polished, pristine, brand-new workout apparel.
  • They travel in packs, because getting in shape obviously requires a group effort.
  • They’re confused by their new gym experience and consequently cannot figure out how to use any of the machines or follow proper locker room etiquette.
  • They think people should actually follow the posted time limits on the cardio machines. As if, rookie.
  • After 20 minutes of slowly peddling the exercise bike, they head to the locker room pleased that their super hard workout is done for the day.

Serious About Getting in Shape

Some people making getting in shape a new year resolution and actually follow through with it. They understand that there’s no such thing as healthy, quick weight loss, and are willing to work for it. If you fall into this category, congratulations! Although you started getting in shape as a new year resolution, you are most certainly not an annoying new year’s resolutioner.

New year’s resolutioners, read these tips on proper workout etiquette before putting that new gym membership to work. Actually, even many gym regulars could benefit from reading this to brush up on their manners…


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