The resolutioners that is. The population at the local gym has once again exploded with people I haven't seen since last February. Now, I'm not knocking resolutioners, they are a huge benefit to the gym buying year long memberships that only get used for a couple of months, thus bringing in a lot of money for equipment and services. But this is also the time of year that I want to get myself an indoor trainer to avoid the crowd of leisurely exercisers who sit on the spin bikes while checking their Facebook account on their iPads or tweeting on their smart phones.
This isn't a rant and I do have a question: Our gym offers, but does not require, orientation for new members. I live in a small rural town that has a really pretty decent gym but as with most small facilities, it is often understaffed and offers limited training for newcomers. I have to bite my tongue as middle-age men swing way too heavy of weights with bad form and women "tone" by bouncing with very light weights on the Nautlius equipment. What bothers me the most is the teenagers who come in who obviously have no idea what they are doing but grand ideas of losing 50 pounds in 90 days or packing on 20 pounds of muscle in six weeks, fueled by bad advertising in weight loss and muscle magazines or online.
When you see someone who is obviously at risk of hurting themselves at the gym, do you speak up and try to offer advice, or just look the other way? I've tried both with mixed results.