The new year’s coming up soon, that means it’s resolution time! Personally, I hate new year’s resolutions. I think if it’s a good idea to change something about myself, there’s no need to wait until January 1 to implement it.
The gym is going to be more crowded. People will be starting up new training programs. Many will be total novices. If you’ve been lifting weights for a while it can be hard to remember what that was like.
Think back and try to recall what it was like to be completely lost in the gym. It was loud and intimidating. Tons of equipment and complicated-looking machines. Feeling totally self-conscious. Everyone there looked like they’re in far better shape than you. At least that was my experience. Maybe it’s familiar to you as well.
Wouldn’t it have been nice if someone there had taken notice and maybe helped you out a little?
Well if you’re an experienced lifter, you can be that person. I’m not saying you have to drop everything you’re doing and hand-hold someone through their entire workout. Just don’t be a jerk. If you see someone staring at a piece of equipment like it’s a piece of alien technology, help them out a little. They’re not dumb, they’re lost.
It can be as simple as, “Hey, I’m Jason. Can I show you how to use that?” Then demonstrate how. About a minute or two of your time to help someone be more at ease. (Fellas, this is not the time to flex and hit on the pretty new woman at the gym. Don’t be that dude.)
If you’re the new person at the gym, keep in mind that everyone was the new person once. No one was born knowledgeable. You don’t come into the world knowing how to drive, play the piano or do long division. Someone had to teach you and you had to learn. Learning is asking questions. Some people start when they’re teens, others in their 40s or 50s. If you don’t know how to use the equipment, ask someone. Hopefully your gym has helpful trainers working there. If not,
find another gym ask someone who looks like they know what they’re doing.
Listen to the person, but don’t necessarily take their word as gospel. They’re probably right but maybe not. You’ll have to do your own research and learn on your own (the same way you have to when you’re building any new skill). As you learn your confidence will grow.
Whether you’ve been training for decades or brand new, we’re there for the same reason: self-improvement. It takes time, dedication, and occasionally some help to make that happen.