It's as predictable as the Mets' collapse each September: New year's Day passes and suddenly my gym is packed.
Scores of people bound (bound?) by New year's resolutions come streaming into the gym. And take up MY elliptical machine. OK it's not mine, but it is annoying to have all these people crowding the place for the first three months of the year.
I hear you. Sure, it's great that people have committed themselves to a healthier lifestyle. The thing is, the gym has a worse retention rate than the Branch Dividians. Most of these newbies will be gone by St. Patrick's Day.
It's almost like training camp for a sports team and you're an established player. You know you've got your spot on the team. Now, all these rookies are taking up locker room space and you're curious who's actually going to be able to make the team.
You can spot all these people a mile away, too. New workout clothes (nicer than mine) that are going to be used heavily until they start taking a place in the back of the drawer by April.
Anyhow, we just expanded our gym and it's gorgeous. There's plenty of room for equipment in the "old" area of the gym. I think they should set aside the old area as the "rookie" area. You only get to come to the big-kid gym when you've earned it.
And that way I won't have to wait for a treadmill anymore.