Ever since I decided to take my health seriously again, the gym has been a part of my routine.

Then the clock struck midnight on January 1.

Oh boy, the gym went from being somewhat slow at night to a packed house full of folks who made getting healthy a New Years Resolution.

The majority will follow their resolutions for the next couple of months, then the gyms will never see them again.


It happens every year. Lubbock folk resolve to get in shape, eat better, etc. And most fall flat on their face in the first couple of months. (That is why I waited until the latter half of the year to get started.)

Muscle and Fitness magazine describe my frustration to a T:

“If you train at peak hours — in the mornings before work or in the evenings after work — there are going to be more people, so you can go in and be rigid and get frustrated...”

So how do you handle the temporary rush of the resolution seekers?

Figure out the best times to go. I go after 9 pm at night, generally, it is less packed than 7 in the morning or 7 at night. But even now it is getting more and more crowded, even at 9 pm.

If you belong to a 24-hour establishment, try going REALLY early or REALLY late. That has worked for me in the past.

If your gym offers a 30-minute circuit/workout, do that for a few months. You usually get a well-rounded work out in less time than it would take otherwise.

Don't get annoyed with people who are taking too long because they don't know what they are doing. Offer assistance if you feel comfortable doing so, it will speed things up.

And remember, the crowds at the gym are only temporary. By mid-March, it will be back to normal. (At least we hope!)