I’ve heard a lot of people complaining that they are avoiding their gyms like the plague. Why? Because they have been usurped by an overwhelming number of people who are working out as a part of their New Years resolutions. I can’t blame them for not wanting to cram themselves into their gyms. I hate going when there are a lot of people there and you have to wait for machines. That’s why I just avoid the gym all together and workout in my home.
But, if you still want to hold on to that gym membership, but need a way to get your workout in without clawing your way to the elliptical – this is for you.
First, try going during the weekday or weekend evenings. These are the time frames where you’ll find the least amount of people. If you have a membership to a 24 hour gym, you can go late into the evening on weekdays as well. This isn’t necessarily convenient, but keep in mind it is only temporary. The mad rush will die down or smooth itself out.
Second, try taking a fitness class at your gym (or even a different gym). They’re fun and still allow you to get in your calorie burn. Plus, this allows you to get out of a workout rut and try something new that you may end up enjoying! If you’re nervous to show up to a class solo -invite a friend to join you! Otherwise, don’t sweat it too much because everyone is there just to get in shape and have a good time.
Finally, if all else fails buy a couple of workout dvds, go for a run, par-take in a winter activity like snowshoeing or take a yoga class at a private studio. There are many options to get you in shape without even stepping into a gym. YouTube even has workout videos if you don’t feel like paying money for a dvd.
You just have to make it work!
P.S. Also, don’t forget to not look on the new gym goers in a negative light. Sure you have to wait for the treadmill, but they are probably in need of support and a good gym buddy! So if you see someone at your gym who looks like they don’t know what they are doing, give them a hand and help them succeed with their fitness goals too!
See below for a sample workout from YouTube and links to more info!