Are you tired of it yet? The constant ads about getting in shape, meeting your fitness goals, starting out your New Year right, yada yada? My e-mail box is full of great deals from retailers who want to get you in shape by offering new apps, new equipment, new this, new that, all for a new YOU! And we pretty much fall for it. Heck yeah, I went out and bought some more workout clothes and yoga pants. I’m wearing them now…the yoga pants.
My gym which shall remain, umm, numberless, had this similar ad (my design for this blog image) taped to the restroom stalls. As if sitting in the gym’s restroom stall reading this will change my mind. Most of these ads are there to get you to join a class or hire a trainer, which is fine.
So what is my problem? I guess the hype. This was the first morning I went back to my gym since I came down with this head cold. Now that I am retired, I can go later in morning instead of 6:30am. I went at 9:30am with my Kindle in tow intending to get a 30 minute cardio workout at a nice easy pace. I was amazed at how full the parking lot was at that time of morning. Who was there but a large group of retirees! Good for them, I mean us!
Media hype aside, my next rant came about unexpectedly. In my gym, we have some young, new personal trainers. A couple of them have been there since when I started there over 7 years ago, and I have great respect for their work, and have even hired them.
Today, while I spent a few minutes at the TRX station, one of the male trainers was getting his workout in, lifting some small weights. Another young female trainer, who was working with an older female client, kept watching the male trainer. I have seen their interactions before. They either have a relationship or she is CLEARLY obsessed with him! So much so, that instead of paying attention to her client who was doing some planks and push-ups on the floor, she was watching his every move. The client was chattering away, oblivious to her trainer’s inattention. If I was paying that young woman $50 an hour and I caught her watching her fellow trainer instead of focusing on me (to make sure I’m correctly performing the task), I would have fired her arse right there and loudly, too. C’mon, chica, engage a little, here!
I almost complained to the management. Instead, I got some great blog material.
Don’t get caught up in the New Year’s fitness hype. If you do sign up with a gym (read more in my last post), make sure your motivations are your own. Set your own goals for yourself, whether it is to get in better physical shape, take a yoga class, or hire a personal trainer.