Pretty much all of January…
The gym is pushing memberships like crazy. They’re offering free trials, fee waivers, personal training sessions, and damn, even t-shirts. They know the New Year’s Resolutioners are coming. Unfortunately for the rest of us, this means a crowded gym and a hard time getting in a workout.
Before getting in too deep, let me preface this by saying: I am all for people making an effort to improve their health by whatever means. But real talk: January at the gym sucks.
The existing members start going more often and there is an influx of newbies. So, at any given time there are twice as many people in the gym. I don't know if I can handle that amount of’ sweat and intrusively loud earbuds.
On the very first day the gym was open after New Year’s, I had my first encounter. There was a man who insisted on using every single leg machine, regardless of what leg muscle it targeted (at this gym there are three different hamstring curl machines...he did them all). The worst part was that he would do a single set, rapidly without weight, and then move on to the next machine. I happen to also be working legs that day. He was frustrated that I was doing three whole sets on the leg press. So, like any logical human being he decided to hover behind me, not asking to work in or how many sets I had left, just hovering. When I got up he asked if I was done. I told him “yes”; then he watch and tapped his foot as I took off each plate. Literally tapping his damn foot! Arms crossed, frowny face, and all!
Luckily I had made a New Year's Resolution of my own: to start varying my exercise and spend less time in the gym. The goal of this is to use my muscles in different ways,make exercise more social, and have fitness goals that are performance based rather than aesthetic based. One of my downfalls is that I get overly attached to routine. Even though this habit helps me adhere to a wholesome diet and workout plan, too much rigor is not healthy for the brain. I will continue going to the gym regularly, but honestly, I could use the fresh air.