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anyone else dreading the influx of newbies at the gym

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ElizabethHoover Thu 01-Jan-15 10:02:40

i love them COMING -just hate the effects on classes.

Last year I reckon most of them give up by half term or March - what do you think?>

ilovepowerhoop Thu 01-Jan-15 10:09:22

They better not pinch my space!

GoodKingQuintless Thu 01-Jan-15 10:10:46

Great.

With attitudes like this, no wonder people are put off when they try to turn their lives around.

Maybe after a spell of bad health.

GoodKingQuintless Thu 01-Jan-15 10:12:47

I have been hoping to get back to the gym asap, after a bad spring with asthma, and respiratory infections, back in April. Not managed to get myself well enough, and it gets harder and harder every month.

Not least because I know what the fit and happy gang at the gym think about us chubby folk coming into pinch their space, puff and pant.

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ilovepowerhoop Thu 01-Jan-15 10:14:28

They always start with good intentions and then they drift away again. It takes hard work and self motivation to keep coming back (I only started going about 6 years ago in my mid 30s)

ilovepowerhoop Thu 01-Jan-15 10:15:26

and p.s. I am fat but am still a regular

GoodKingQuintless Thu 01-Jan-15 10:16:03

Well good on you then! hmm

ilovepowerhoop Thu 01-Jan-15 10:17:23

and it was a joke about pinching my space, you feeling a bit touchy?

Knottyknitter Thu 01-Jan-15 10:22:42

Only ever in terms of the sheer numbers all at once, pool, gym, classes and changing areas are all stuffed to the rafters in January.

I think if I'd joined at New year I'd have left pretty much straight away as it is an unpleasant atmosphere for everyone.

ElizabethHoover Thu 01-Jan-15 10:24:21

raw nerve there for Some posters

I alway book but even so there is a hoo ha with who has an hasnt. I am tbh surprised that the cliche of joining a gym still resonates - like buying an exercise bike to hang washing on, I suppose I did tell H

So - by March, back to normal?

ElizabethHoover Thu 01-Jan-15 10:25:30

good point Knotty
I am always keen to smile and say hi to new people as I remember what it was like, but there are so many in Jan.

yoursoulcannevergrowold Thu 01-Jan-15 10:29:38

No. When I see people at the gym who are clearly newbies or overweight I actually think "good on you"
OP if the number of people in the gym bothers you why not try another form of exercise such as running or cycling outside?

ElizabethHoover Thu 01-Jan-15 10:31:49

oh i love the class I go to. Its just pretty over full sometimes.
plus i have a new Dx of flippen arthritis in my back. IKR - well hacked off

FlorenceMattell Thu 01-Jan-15 10:33:54

Gosh you are a nice person.

ElizabethHoover Thu 01-Jan-15 10:34:40

meh - I just like the classes to be not so full. Hardly on a par with Stalin

GoodKingQuintless Thu 01-Jan-15 10:36:17

If it is any consolation, the amount of newbies that you cant wait to see the back off, in March, will most likely have taken out a monthly plan, that they will keep paying into for long after they have departed, in the hope they may come back.

This keeps your fees down, and you probably have nicer facilities thanks to the "supporting members" who pay for a space, and not show.

If it is so full, maybe you can talk to the management about curbing the intakes to ensure more space and access, and see if they want to increase prices for you all, to facilitate this.

meglet Thu 01-Jan-15 10:36:29

I remembered to book next weeks classes at the start of this week.

TBH I'm pretty flexible about what classes I go to, as long as it's not the screechy lady who 'teaches' combat. I've been going for long enough to remember to work around the new year rush.

quint 99% of gym goers only care about themselves (in a nice way). Some of those skinny fit people were once overweight so they won't bat an eyelid. One of my teachers was several stone overweight, 2 kids.... now she teaches hard classes and has won one of those bikini muscle competitions. But you wouldn't know her past, or previous body shape, to look at her. Hope you can get back to the gym soon.

Pagwatch Thu 01-Jan-15 10:37:18

Nah, YANBU - it's irritating as hell.

I see newbies at the gym all the time - I was one years ago. Good on them.
But bloody hundreds of people turn up in January, book all the classes and i can't get into some of my regular classes.
Two weeks in the classes are still showing as fully booked but half of them don't turn up. By mid fed it's back to the dozen of us regulars.

If you are going to commit to exercise then the first of jan seems rarely to do it. It's unlikely that people reach a real point of change in their life just because of a date on the calendar. Watching them arrive in their hoards on January 1st and then vanish in February makes it just an irritation.

ElizabethHoover Thu 01-Jan-15 10:37:30

we have a screechy one too - mike too loud and all. Yes you have to be ruthlessly efficient in booking this time of year

ilovepowerhoop Thu 01-Jan-15 10:37:58

I need some extras in some of mine. Went to a class on Monday (between xmas and new year) and it was just me and 1 other girl. The instructor still did the class so that was good (zumba)

ElizabethHoover Thu 01-Jan-15 10:38:04

this is not about weight

loads of heavy people in my classes who are amazingly fit

Pagwatch Thu 01-Jan-15 10:38:48

I'd love them all to stay. The excercise programme would probably improve if there were greater demand.

ivykaty44 Thu 01-Jan-15 10:39:22

December has been very quite at the gym. If the weather is not frosty I swap the gym for cycling in January and hit the pool and sanua later or sat\sunday evening as an alternative.

By February the numbers have usually fallen, which is sad really for whatever reason

ilovepowerhoop Thu 01-Jan-15 10:39:51

Should book some of mine I suppose

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