Here at New Generation Fitness, I am all about us being a voice for the new generation of weightlifters. With this in mind, I think that it is important that we address some things. I am seeing the gym being treated as a place where everyone goes to do their own thing. I do understand that everyone needs their own way to release stress and that working out is a great way to do it. However, I think that this attitude has alienated some people that might be thinking about starting their own way to the gym. I don’t think that everyone needs to be in a big circle singing and holding hands but I think that we forget the camaraderie that a group of people hitting the gym should have.
It seems like these days, everyone is so wrapped up in our own lives and what we have to do, that we sometimes forget about helping out others. At my most recent gym outing, I noticed something that really stuck out to me and made me want to write something up about it. I was heading to Rick’s Gym (my local spot) for a nice weightlifting session. The time that I went was in the early evening hours, so the place was pretty packed by the time that I got there. I started right into my normal workout routine and it seemed to be just another day until something caught my eye.
I was hitting my triceps pretty hard with some extensions, when I saw a younger guy standing by a machine. I wasn’t sure if he was resting in between sets or not, but it looked like he hadn’t broken a sweat. I went right back to lifting and started to really get into the zone. I had all but forgotten about the young guy when I was looking around and trying to catch my breath and I saw him again. The odd thing was that he was still standing in the same exact spot I saw him in no more than fifteen minutes ago! i was kind of getting concerned but I told myself that I would give it three more minutes before I went over to see if he needed anything.
Sure enough, those minutes came and went and he was still there, kind of awkwardly checking his phone. As someone who still struggles with being so introverted, I knew that this might of been a sign that he was waiting for someone to come up to him to see if he needed anything. I couldn’t wait anymore and I knew that I had to go at least ask if he needed anything. I thought this guy might have not such a nice response for me, but I had to give it a shot. I swallowed my pride, walked over to him, and asked if he needing any help. My words had not quite came out the right way that I wanted him too but the man was still nice in his response. He was actually quite in need of some assistance and didn’t know who to ask.
Apparently, this poor guy had actually tried to get a staff member to come over and offer him assistance, but no one ever did. The time that I talked to his man only lasted about 30 seconds (long enough for me to show him how to work the machine) but you would have thought that I gave him the world. I shook hands with the guy and went right back with what I was doing. Just one act of niceness saved this guy from 30 more minutes of having a really bad day!