Working out in a gym after New Year's can be incredibly frustrating. It's overcrowded with people who typically have no idea what they're doing. They're well intentioned, but they lack the knowledge of gym regulars.
For those of you who frequent a gym, you're probably dreading the resolutions crowd. It can seriously screw up your workouts and make the whole experience less than enjoyable. When I was younger, I once walked into a gym and promptly walked back out after seeing a crowd that looked like a zombie herd from The Walking Dead.
You can't wait for the weeks to pass and the crowd to disperse, as it inevitably does when people lose focus on their goals. Only eight percent of people succeed at the resolutions.
Rather than letting newbies ruin your workout or prevent you from working out altogether, here are a few tips to consider.
Tip 1: Schedule the First Week of January as a Recovery Week
Your gym will be packed during the first week of January. It can be the most frustrating week since lots of new members generally sign up around this time.
Getting a good workout in can be next to impossible.
To avoid this mess, take week off from the gym with a scheduled recovery week. A recovery week gives your body a much needed break from lifting heavy or other intense workouts, setting you up for better workouts once you get back into the gym. Best of all, you can do recovery workouts in the comfort of your own home. Try yoga or any other bodyweight strength routine.
Really, it's a win, win.
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Tip 2: Hit the Gym on Off Hours