Have you ever realized how often people complain? In the fitness world complaining seems to have become somewhat of a sport on its own! In the spirit of irony, I am going to complain about complaints. Here are my top 4 complaints about complaints:
• “I can’t believe she’s wearing that.”
If you want to get in a nice crisp matching ensemble for the gym, go for it! Look and feel confident. If someone looks like a parrot exploded on them (i.e. me), how does that affect you, really? It’s the effort taking place under the clothes that matters. Matching or not, I hope your clothes are sweaty and gross when you’re done.
• “The New Year’s Resolutionists are taking up all the space in my gym!”
News flash: it’s most likely not “your” gym. They’re not invading your space. It doesn’t matter if you’re there 365 days a year, the gym isn’t any more yours than theirs! They pay dues – and that influx of membership every January keeps your gym fees lower the rest of the year! Try encouraging some of the newbies to keep at it, make a friend, change a life! Isn’t that better than complaining about them?
• “Stop curling in the squat rack bro!”
The squat rack is not just for squats despite the name. I do glute presses on the assisted pull-up machine. Have you ever tried doing shoulder presses with a stand calf-raise machine? They’re great! So maybe you have to wait a few extra minutes to get your squats in because someone is curling in the squat rack. Branch out and try something new instead of waiting and sulking!
• “He’s so fat, why is he even here?
This is the complaint that makes the least amount of sense to me. You don’t approve of overweight people in the gym? How on earth are they supposed to change? They’re there, making an effort. They have every right to be there. What are you going to accomplish by making fun of them with your buddies? Nothing. You know what accomplishes a lot? Giving them a compliment. “That looked like a tough workout, great job!” “Hey, I really like those shoes!” Check the judgment at the door, give them a sense of belonging instead.
The fact of the matter is, attitude really is everything. The mind – body – spirit connection is a powerful thing. A positive mind can lead to some very positive changes in your life, and that includes your time in the gym. So let’s check those complaints at the door and focus on a great workout!
Fitmark Ambassador 2013