I’ve been a member at the local fitness center for over 10 years.
I head to the gym after work various days per week.
On Saturdays, I often take a group class & get in an early-morning workout. I prefer having access to a wide array of state-of-the-art equipment & amenities. Every January, the fitness center runs a promotion & offers a discount on membership fees. A lot of people sign up as part of their New Year’s resolution to get in shape. They show up at the gym in brand new clothing & sneakers however aren’t prepared to put in the long-term time, dedication & effort it takes to get fit & active. For a couple of weeks, the gym is packed. The machines are always full. The lockers are stuffed. It’s upsetting. These modern members don’t seem to understand gym etiquette. They fail to wipe down the machines when they’re finished with them. They don’t put the dumbbells, resistance bands, kettlebells & other gear away after using them. They don’t respectfully warm up their muscles before hopping onto a treadmill. They talk on their phones while they pedal the stationary bikes. While I realize that the gym needs new members to stay in business, I’m always excited for things to go back to normal. The majority of the modern members stop showing up at the gym after only a few weeks. When they don’t see results after working out for a couple of minutes, they get discouraged; Losing weight, toning muscles & increasing stamina takes taxing work. Most people aren’t willing to put in the time & work. They don’t want to get covered in sweat & sore.