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Welcome Back to the Gym New Year’s Resolutioners… Or Not

21 Jan

For those of us who actually go to the gym on a year-round basis, we have officially entered the most dreaded time of the year — New Year’s Resolutioner Season. This is time of year when everyone on the planet magically decides to start following a healthy diet and get a gym membership. And then gives up on it two weeks later…

During the last few weeks of December, all is well, your gym is at normal capacity, and you’re in and out in no time. Then January 2nd rolls around and magically you’re standing in lines equivalent to those at Disneyworld to get a chance to run on your gym’s half broken treadmill.

Raise your cyber hand if you’ve stepped into your gym locker room this week (and the past two) only to find a large older nude woman flopping around. Yuck. Yes, it’s a locker room, but no it’s not a nude ranch. You won’t see too many seasoned gym members parading around like they’re the star of a live porno.

There's signs like this all over the cardio area of my  gym now, due to "overpopulation."

There’s signs like this all over the cardio area of my gym now, due to “overpopulation.”

Why Regular Gym-Goers Should Get Priority

It seems unfair to me that there isn’t there some type of VIP line for us dedicated “regulars” who’ve spend the last 365 days putting in our time to zoom up to the front of the line? This is why I think our gym membership should be upgraded during this time of year:

  • We were there first.
  • We will still be customers in March.
  • We know what we’re doing, so we don’t get the treadmill stuck in “emergency mode.” (Yes, before I could use a treadmill a couple weeks ago, I had to get it out of that mode, which I previously did not know existed).

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great when people decide to get a gym membership and start following a healthy diet. For those of you who made one of your New Year’s Resolutions to get healthy this year, I applaud you. Now stick with it! If you’re still using your gym membership and eating salads in June, you have officially worked off your stereotypical title of “New Year’s Resolutioner.”

For those of you who are already planning your exit strategy from your new healthy lifestyle — shame on you! If you’re seriously giving up this easy though, do it now, as it’s really cramping my style to have to wait 15 minutes to get on the half broken treadmill.

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Setting Goals to Get Fit in 2013

31 Dec

Happy New Year’s Eve! Tomorrow is the first day of 2013, so if you haven’t yet set any fitness goals for the new year, there’s no time like the present. If you lived 2012 like a big fat slob, now is your chance to reinvent yourself as a svelte motivated stud!

How to Make Workout Plans for the New Year… and Actually Stick to Them

1.) Be Specific: Simply making a goal of losing ten pounds is about as useless to your diet as laying on the couch all day with a Big Gulp and a bag of Doritos. Come up with a plan of how you’re going to get in shape, so you don’t get overwhelmed and give up. Setting goals is a great way to figure out what you hope to achieve with your workout plans.

2.) Take Action: There’s nothing holding you back, so no excuses buddy. Devise your workout plans immediately then get to work! Putting off joining the gym* or going for a run until next week isn’t going to get you anywhere but a first class ticket into a pair of BIGGER pants. No one wants that. *On a side note New Year’s Resolutioners, please don’t join my gym if you plan on working out on weekend mornings and between 5-7pm on weekdays. It’s already about 500 people past capacity :).

3.) Set Realistic Goals: Face it, you’re not going to lose five, ten, or twenty pounds during the course of one workout or one week. It takes time and dedication to see results. It can be really difficult to have patience when you’re putting a lot of extra effort into eating healthy and maintaining your workout plans, but you’ve gotta do just that. Instead of getting discouraged, channel your frustration into an even greater motivation to look and feel better than you ever have before!

4.) Plan to Strut Your Stuff: You’ve made it through the process of setting goals and accomplishing your workout plans, so now it’s time to celebrate! Reward yourself for being diligent with your healthy diet and workouts by allowing yourself to buy some new clothes after you’ve reached a certain weight, finally wearing that bikini you’ve been too embarrassed to put on for years, or even taking a tropical beach vacation to strut your fabulous stuff!

Santa Monica

Prancing around the Santa Monica Pier in a bikini is a great way to celebrate your weight loss & reward yourself for all your hard work!

Changing an established routine is never easy, but there’s no better time than the start of a new year to ditch old unhealthy habits and work on getting fit and healthy!

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…