An open letter to the New Year’s resolution newbies at the gym

Hey lady, the one I’ve never seen before who was sweating away yesterday on my favorite treadmill at the gym, the one I like to use because the speaker works and it has the best view of the television where I can watch “Ellen” while I walk. I’ve got a message for you:

Rock on with your bad self, sister!

Don’t let gym curmudgeons giving you stink eye for taking “their spots” keep you from coming back to the gym. You paid your dues like everyone else and the equipment belongs to everyone, first come, first serve.

It gets pretty crowded this time of year in the fitness classes. And the classes can seem daunting for beginners. Don’t let that discourage you. Just do what you can do at your own pace and keep at it. I promise you it will get better.

Many of the gym regulars hate this time of year because of the resolutioners. If you overhear some selfish prick say something like, “I can’t wait until February when all these people give up and go away”, just use that as fuel to keep going.

Fuck them. Make your haters your motivators.

I was in the same place this time last year. I was huffing and puffing on the treadmill and feeling accomplished if I could finish a mile at just over 2 m.p.h. I felt out of place and unwanted.

There were times it was discouraging. There were times I wanted to say “screw this shit” about braving the cold weather and dragging my ass to the gym — where everyone seemed fitter and more confident than me. My warm, comfy home with its television and books sounded much more appealing.

But I stuck with it. And you can too.

I am cheering for all the fitness center newbies to still be here in the summer when the pool opens, and to still be here when the leaves fall, and still be here when the staff decks the halls for the holidays.

It’s one of the toughest things you can do, but it’s so worth it in the end. Don’t let any smug idiot with toned muscles make you feel unwelcome or like you are in his/her way. They forget they were new to this once, too.

Make your 2014 fitness goals your bitch. I promise you, you won’t regret it. And next year, you can cheer on the next generation of gym rats.

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2 Responses to “An open letter to the New Year’s resolution newbies at the gym”

  1. Yeah I know how that feels. Just starting out can be tough. My husband and I joined Green Ridge Center last March and we go 3 times a week. It’s amazing what you can do if you just keep at it. I’ve lost 27 lbs and was doing 4 miles on the tread mill until I had foot surgery 4 weeks ago. I’m having to start over, but it’s a little easier this time, just knowing I can do it. And if I can, anyone can.

    • Nona says:

      Barbara: Congratulations on the weight loss and the gym routine. Sorry about the foot. I think you will find it’s easier to recover since you have already made exercise a habit. I’ve never been to Green Ridge but would like to go. I belong to the Botetourt Athletic Club since it’s only a few miles from my house.

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