My first fitness love is running, but in the last few months I have fallen in love with my Body Pump class. I love that in just one hour I can do strength training for my whole body. On average there are 12-15 people in the class until this week…when there were 30! As I was waiting for class to begin I overhead a couple of the regulars quietly wondering how long the class was going to stay this full. And that’s when it hit me…that was entirely the wrong response! And so I wrote this letter to my fitness community to address our gyms suddenly teeming with “New Year’s Resolution-ers”
If your gym is anything like mine it has been more crowded than usual the last week or so. While you might usually be able to find a treadmill when you stop by the gym after work it may have been more difficult than usual the last few days. In years past this has really annoyed me and I’ve often thought, “Don’t come and take up space at my gym for a weeks at the beginning of every year!” As I scrambled to try and find the equipment I wanted to use I would just remind myself that I would only need to put up with this busyness for a weeks…a couple months at most. By the time my birthday rolled around in March they gym would be back to its usual level of busyness.
But this year I realized something…
What if we were more welcoming?
It takes a lot of courage to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new and I can’t imagine how it feels to try something new only to then be met with glares and stares. If you have limited experience at the gym it can be confusing and overwhelming to figure out how to work some of the machines, how much weight to use and understanding gym etiquette.
So instead of muttering under our breath about how crowded the gym is this time of year and remarking about how long we think these new people will stick it out, let’s smile and help them feel welcomed to our fitness community!
Here’s to having a gym still filled with people in April!