It’s that time of the year again – January.
Gyms around the world get busier than at any other point of the year as so called “resolutioners” try to get back in shape after the holiday season.
Many of the more “experienced” gym goers regard them as annoying, people who do not take their training seriously and will be gone after a couple of weeks anyways. They think because they’ve been working out for months or years consistently they have the right to be here and all these “New Year Resolutioners” don’t because they’re basically just taking up their space and their equipment.
I, myself have thought the same about those people for years. For me, fitness has been something like “Me Vs. The Rest Of The World”, I always wanted to be the best at everything I ever did and never wanted to settle for less.
So every time I found myself to be the “biggest” or the “strongest” or the “leanest” guy wherever I was I naturally was quite pleased with myself. And there’s nothing wrong with being proud of what you’ve achieved but in my case, and I believe the case of many others as well, it’s not just pride – it’s looking down at others because you simply think they’re not as big or as strong as you.
And just because you might be bigger or stronger than someone doesn’t mean that you’re better than them. They might be smarter, they might be more educated, they might be more talented, they might be an incredible musician, an artist or a mother of three wonderful kids. There are a lot of things people can be good or even great at and fitness is just one of them. And just because especially in the case of strength or physique athletes it’s quite easy to spot doesn’t mean that it’s better than any other talent or skill.
Just as the infamous Rich Piana said:”Just because you have more muscle than someone else, doesn’t mean that you’re better. We’re all the same, we’re all in this together.”
What a lot of these more experienced gym goers (like myself in the past) forget is that some of them had started out as just that: A New Years Resolutioner. And even if they didn’t – at some point in their life they had made that choice to better themselves physically (and maybe mentally as well) and go to the gym; they’ve just made that resolution at another point in their life and not necessarily at New Years.
Many who regard themselves as “strong-minded” or “alpha” individuals judge others for their resolutions made for the New Year and justify their judgement with statements like: “If they were really serious about it they wouldn’t have needed a special occasion to go after what they wanted.”
And to a degree I agree with that. But for some people that’s just how it works – they need that special occasion, or a special person, something that gives them a reason to change their life. Or at least to give it a try.
It is true that most of the people who join a gym in January won’t last too long but I believe that even just giving a shot is better than not trying at all. And maybe if more experienced gym goers would show them a little more support or inspire them to go further instead of looking down on them then maybe more would stick around and continue to work on their goals.
Many great minds in the fitness industry like Greg Plitt who said that the man who stepped up, tried and failed is better than the one who never went to the arena (metaphorically, in most cases at least) or Bradley Martyn with his slogan “Let’s get better together” stood and still stand for this idea of the fitness community as a big family who help each other out on their journeys to better themselves not only physically but mentally as well.
Saying that I want to encourage everyone to help someone out who just recently started their journey to better themselves for whatever reason that may be.
Obviously I do have my own resolutions as well, such as taking my training more seriously and taking my strength, my physique and my general fitness to the next level, but the reason why I’m in this industry is because it has helped me better myself in every aspect of my life and I want to give as many people as possible the chance to experience the same thing in their lives.
And this is going to be my resolution for this year. And I hope that some of you can relate to this and help make the world a better place by helping others bettering themselves.
Happy New Year everyone.