Today I was discharged from the knee consultant I have been seeing, so I am going to be living in the gym to try and regain some semblance of fitness before the looming shoulder surgery. My re-emergence into the training world has spurred me on to address an issue that I have a real problem with: Gym ego. This issue is destructive for both new and old gym users, and I believe the small minority of people who parade their gym ego about account for a large proportion of the gym avoiding culture we have.
For the experienced gym user, the main problem seems to be that people forget the fact that they were ever beginners like everybody else. So many people are guilty of it. Making snide comments about curling in the squat rack, laughing at or worse, taking videos of people who obviously have no idea what they’re doing in the gym rather than trying to help them. It’s an easy trap to fall into, but you have to try and remember that you have no idea who this person is, or what they’ve gone through to get to this point in the gym. Just by putting on your trainers and leaving the house with good intentions, you have made the conscious decision to try and improve your health. It’s a hard enough journey to make without being scared of what other people will be thinking of you. We should be building a community to lift people up and push them to be their very best, not trying to tear them down for the sake of your own ego.
For the in experienced gym user, it is up to you not to be put off by the negative minority. It’s too easy not to exercise for fear of looking silly, or avoiding the weights room or certain machines because they’re intimidating or you don’t understand them. All anybody cares about, or should care about, is how hard you’re trying. Nobody knows it all, and as long as you’re willing to work hard there is always hope for you. Being the smallest guy in the weights room means nothing. Everyone has to start somewhere, even the monster in the corner who looks like he’s in danger of crushing his water bottle. Hopefully, if my last paragraph was emotive and moving enough, you won’t even have to ask for help. Most people will be happy to give you a nudge in the right direction, and building these relationships early can automatically set you up with an invaluable support network. Just always keep in mind that good form is more impressive than heavy weight and you’ll be fine.
I am fully aware that it is a small percentage of the gym population ruining it for everybody, but that still doesn’t make it acceptable. Be aware that your actions might affect other people so make sure they’re positive.
Thanks for reading and as always, feel free to get in touch!
George Studd Fitness Training
Oh by the way, check out the video of my first workout back here: