Monday, January 23, 2012

Gymuary

We are past the mid-point of Gymuary. The newness of going to the gym has worn off and this week begins the tipping-point where it’s easy to teeter on dedication. The gym shoes may be forgotten in the trunk/boot of the car and instead of coming to the gym, something “more important” maybe thought up as an excuse to not put these new cross trainers on and hit the gym’s rubberized floor.


For the last three weeks the gym has be filled to the breaking point with new members. Whole new waves of preferred members start to stagger in right after January first. This group made New Year’s resolutions to dedicated their time to the gym and pump some iron. This is always done in the effort to start anew on a workout routine and finally get their bodies in shape. The gym calls these folks “preferred members” because they pay the joining fees, then after thirty days never come back to use the facilities. No surprise, the gym prefers it this way.

For three weeks dedication ran high. When a gentleman unracked one side of a bar throwing the bar and its remaining contents onto my foot, I commended his dedication. When pausing between sets on the Preacher Curl Bench and a guy stepped in front of me to toss an empty bar onto the very bench I was using, I applauded his commitment to showing up and swearing his allegiance to the gym. Everyone makes mistakes when starting on a new path, never let it sidetrack resolve.

This will be the week to test the metal. With loyalty wavering, will the gym shoes be left in the trunk of the car? Will Gymuary end and February find these devotees have moved to Preferred Membership, or will they join us? The few, the proud, the Dudes at the gym. I for one, implore you to pull the shoes out of the trunk, strap them on and hit the weights. Before you know it, the excuses will fade and your half-hearted New Year’s resolution will simply be a way of life.



7 comments:

cb said...

I call the newly influxed members "Rezzies". And since I go to the Y, it has already tapered off to manageable pre holiday levels.

Wonder Man said...

I hate those people

Jim said...

My gym doesn't have an many "newbies" as in past years... I wonder why? Are the masses deciding to stay, er... well, a mass of fat?

BosGuy said...

I'm still working out. Fortunately, since I work from home, I can sneak away during off-peak hours. However, I'm thinking I need to shake-up my routine.

Blobby said...

It's odd, more people are at the gym at 05:30, but few new faces. And my normal shower with 2 other guys is converging where every shower head is taken at 7:10.

Luckily for me, today it was quite the sausage fest. Two of the hottest gym guys were in the shower with me. Three if you count me. ...and nobody is.

Scooter said...

i usually take the first week or two of January any way - but since I threw my back out the beginning of December it's taken me this long to let it heal ... today will be my first day back & hopefully all i'll have to deal with are the cute LOP doing the Silver Sneakers classes ...

Erik Rubright said...

What's a "gym"? ;-)