A long, long time ago I used to dread Thursday nights at the gym.
Because that was Boring Couples night.
The protagonists would dress up in gym gear (so far so good) – and sometimes they’d even use the equipment! But most of the time they’d just sit on it chatting.
The whole impression was that of a Cocktail Hour in Lycra.
Had any one of these wretched single units that comprised the whole entity of the Thursday night invasion at any one point thought for itself and formulated the dreaded New Year Resolution?
I’ll never know. But I’m pretty sure that now, yes right now* – years later at the very start of 2017 – gyms, keep-fit classes and the like across the UK will be simply bulging with the predictable influx of people who simply wouldn’t be interested at any other time.
I am fully expecting to be struck down in the most Karma-like way imaginable for what I’m about to say next.
But in January my aim is always to avoid these New Year Resolution types if at all possible – if only to protect my sanity.
Anyone who reads this blog knows fitness is one of my coping strategies, a way of controlling the bits of my body I’m no so keen on.
And those wobbly bits need tackling 365 days a year – they don’t just suddenly appear on New Year’s Day like a late delivery from Santa!Imagine then, what it’s like to suddenly have to compete for time/space in what’s often a very personal fight.
So let’s say you do normally do an evening class and you rock up as usual….
Welllll, in January suddenly you can’t because it’s full – OR you’ve wised-up to the fact that too many sets of flailing arms in a limited space where you’re all holding hand-weights is just a tad dangerous.
(Trust me I have experience of both – and I hope the latter stays back in the nineties!)
As already said, I expect to be sent blazing to Hell for my arguably uncharitable opinions regarding what almost feels like a fight for territory but if YOU exercise regularly here are some tips to handle the New Year Resolution brigade:
10 New Year’s Resolution-ers To Avoid At The Gym including “Smart phone dummies”, “wannabe fitness models”, my pet-hate “the couples” and the inevitable “temps” (though hopefully all these characters will be temporary!)
And then there’s Men’s Health’s Crowded Gym Survival Guide – maybe a bit more brutal than I’d be but then hey, I’m not a body-builder…
I have no problems with anyone wanting to get fit (and I’m pretty sure the vast majority are not stereotypical pains-in-the-backside) but, when it’s a significant amount of people at the same time, then – well, I’m just going to have to shut up, aren’t I?!
Remember that, for most, the keep fit good intentions are as seasonal – and as short-lived, as the Festive Period itself
Plan around it – go to the earlier, less popular classes. Do more solo running
Be philosophical – it’s not that bad
Remember the reason I started this blog in the first place – I broke my foot. It’s mended!
For any people trying to avoid the gym hoards in the Bronx, NY, there’s GoJimgo on Twitter – which states: “Know before you go. We tell you how many machines are available at your gym. In real time.”
I’d love to know if this can work in practice – or in the UK!
*”Now”? Yes now! There are gyms that open 24/7!