A message to those with Get Fit resolutions.

Get fit. Lose weight. Eat healthier. Those are all things that seem to be on the top of the list for New Year Resolutions. People buy their gym memberships, shop for their new exercise attire and head in for their first workout. Most people don't really know where to start and the most self explanatory item in a gym is the treadmill. They start there. As the week goes on they get a little more comfortable and move on to the resistance machines, or even using some free weights. Seasoned gym goers watch from afar as all the newbies take up their equipment and throw a wrench in their regular workout routines. It's not the newbies I have a problem with. It's those of us who have gotten so comfortable in our routine and our gym that we can't seem to make room for new people with new goals. I used to be one of those avid gym goers that would dread the New Year. January meant a packed gym full of uneducated people hogging my benches and spending too much time resting between sets. You can hear the meatheads saying things like give them a couple weeks and they will give up. Since when did the people who have actually had to opportunity to achieve their goals gain a monopoly on the gym? At what point does it become okay to judge someone just starting on their journey to health? We all started somewhere. We all have goals we have yet to reach.

So this is to you, the person just starting on your health and fitness journey. First off, congratulations for making such an important decision for yourself! When you go to the gym for the first time, I don't want you to feel unwelcomed or out of place. I want to say welcome to your new sanctuary! Yes, some of us are possibly irritated that you are here and counting the weeks until you disappear. Not all of us, though. I don't like seeing the population of the gym dwindle month after month. I want you to stick around! I want to see you reach your goals. I want to help you reach your goals. If you get discouraged, and at some point you probably will, I want to challenge you to ask someone for help. If you are intimidated by the weights, ask someone to show you a few moves. You will find we aren't all too preoccupied with ourselves and our workouts, some of us want to help you succeed. We are willing to take the time and show you some of the things we have learned. I hope the gym is just as busy next December as it will be this January. Stick around, 2016 is your year.