I mentioned to a friend this evening that it feels like the newbies have already thinned out. There are less and less people there. His theory is that the economy is bad so those that aren't working, aren't spending money on a gym membership, and those that are working are over-working and working longer hours. Whatever it is, I'm glad that there aren't so many people in my way anymore.
Don't get me wrong... I would like for more people to start exercising and be in better shape. I encourage them to go, but that brings something else to mind. Some people seem like they don't know what they're doing. If they're not working out with a trainer or reading fitness magazines, I suppose one can feel lost in a gym. What is a good workout routine?
I motivated myself to workout. I had a boyfriend in Baltimore that taught me a lot. I also read a lot of fitness books and magazines for tips. I also had no problem approaching someone to ask what would be a good way to workout a particular muscle group. Of course I asked the big good-looking ones, they were the one's with the big muscles anyway. And they were always willing to give me pointers.
A few of the machines have a small picture on them that gives instructions and show the muscle that is being worked. But the free-weights; what do you do? How often? What's the correct form? What is a good weight to lift? How many sets and how long do you rest between? It can be intimidating!
I've had a few friends want to workout with me and I have enjoyed showing them what to do and how to focus on the correct form. But I have told them right up front, especially if they haven't been working out very much before, that they cannot try to keep up with me (I've been doing this for 10 years now). If they do their muscles will be very sore and they won't feel like coming back.
So when I see a newbie and see them doing something wrong or they try to lift too heavy... I consider mentioning something to them, give them a pointer or two. But I don't think anyone wants uninvited help. I think it would come across... weird or something. I was talking about this with some women at the office and apparently women don't have a problem taking tips from a stranger. But we agree that men probably would. Men have this ego thing. Well, some men do anyway....
So let me ask all my readers this; if you were a newbie to a gym and didn't have a personal trainer, would you mind a random stranger giving you a tip or suggestion?