Be Aware of Your Surroundings (a.k.a. SERIOUSLY???)

Since it happened several times tonight in the gym, I wanted to bring up a topic that you probably don’t really think of all that often: being aware of your surroundings. Most gyms are crowded during “prime time” (usually 4-7 p.m.) regardless of the time of year, meaning that if this is your workout time – as this is mine – you may have to do a little hunting for space. So yes, go ahead, get excited when you find a free spot. But make sure you know what’s going on around you.

I’ll admit to being somewhat tunnel-visioned as I’m tearing through the gym, trying to get my workout in. It sometimes takes everything in my power to pay enough time not to plow someone over in my quest to find the weight I’m looking for, or to climb onto a “good” (as in, under a fan) treadmill. But tonight, I felt like no matter where I went on the weight floor, I ended up with someone paying no attention, and blocking my view completely. At one point, not only did I have the guy who decided to park himself about two feet directly in front of me (and the mirror I was using to check my form), but the guy who decided to block HIM from the mirror.

Here’s the thing – I know some people are weird about the fact that gyms are typically covered in ceiling to floor mirrors. Personally, I love it. And it’s not because I’m a girl who can’t walk past a mirror to see how she looks (because, yes, I am terribly guilty of that one) – it’s because as I wrote about last week, I am a stickler for form. I like to see that my arms and legs and anything in between are where they are supposed to be. And yeah, I kinda like the look of my muscles flexing and relaxing as I lift, too. I can’t help it, I work hard!

Bottom line: while you can never completely avoid getting in someone’s way when the evening rush is well underway, do make an effort to take a look around before you park yourself in your workout space. Others will appreciate your courtesy!