Leave Your Ego at the Door
There are many reasons why people join a gym – to regain health and fitness, or maybe they have a special event in 6 months whether its a festival or a bodybuilding show. I think it’s great that guys want to get lean and grow some muscle, it’s about time we take our health and bodies seriously as we only have one, but please leave your ego at the door.
I get that when we start to gain some quality muscle, or just leaning down to reveal our hard work, that we gain a little (or a lot) of confidence. It’s what drives us to work harder for our goals. But for some, it leads to over-confidence. Like you have something to prove. Walking around with your chest puffed up and arms flared out like you’re carrying barrels is not a good look.
I’ve had many clients over the years doing this without being aware of it. They’re good natured guys, so I calmly walk up and push their arms down and remind them they look like a fool. So unless your lats are so massive that you can’t keep your arms down, then try to just be your natural self.
But what is unacceptable is when over-confidence turns to arrogance and leading to disrespecting the gym and the other members. It’s pretty sad that gyms have to put signs up asking not throw the weights or to put the weights back. Your mum is not going to come and clean up after you and the 45kg girl who wants to use the leg press after you, should not have to take 400kg or more off the machine before she even starts her set – and no, it’s not the job of the staff to walk around and do this for you either.
The gym is somewhere people of all walks of life should be able to enjoy. It’s not just for bodybuilders. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘Treat people the same way you’d like to be treated’. So take check the next time you’re in the gym and humble yourselves. Train hard and be respectful.