G’s Guide to “The Gym”
The other day I couldn’t help but Google “exercises for gay men” and fortunately on the first page of results, I stumbled upon an article from About.com titled “Gym Tips for Gay Men.” The article wasn’t the answer I was looking for, but it got me thinking: First, there really aren’t specific exercises for “gay men” and I had no idea why I even thought of writing on such a topic. Second, I could write about gay sex as a form of exercise, but at the moment, not the time and place. And lastly, seeing that it was an About.com article, I didn’t think it was relevant and personal whatsoever.
I’d like for you to know that this article is not targeted to our community, but rather any individual who is taking that giant step to make a change for their mental and physical health. The following are just “tid-bits” of information and advice on how to overcome the fear of the gym and to get you thinking.
- Make it about you. The reason why you want to join a gym or workout group is because you want to achieve a physical fitness goal or improve your mental and physical appearance. Don’t let the brand of the gym or hot eye candy around totally affect your decision. Think about “you” and if you see yourself succeeding where you’ll ultimately drop the signup and subscription fees.
- Get to know the gym and its staff. Always take a tour of the fitness facility and familiarize yourself with its staff and current members. Don’t spend just 10 minutes on a self-guided tour, but a solid 30-minute guided tour with a knowledgeable staff member that will show you all the bells and whistles the gym has to offer including the equipment, rules, hidden amenities, classes, and special events. Don’t be afraid to ask questions including peak times at the gym, education on mental health and nutrition, and access to personal training. In addition, get to know the types of people that work at the fitness facility and its members including their membership retention. Collectively, these factors will affect / determine your decision.
- Price. We know price affects the buyers decision therefore never fail to read between the lines and ensure that the gym’s sales rep. determines the right package that will suit you and your wallet. Most gyms will give you a free guest pass to experience the gym — the “try it before you buy it” method. Why not go for it? Take advantage of their offer so you can familiarize yourself with the facility, atmosphere, equipment, and people around you. Experience another gym after the trial expires. And a third option and so forth, if applicable and necessary. It’s great to have options and weigh the pros and cons. If you sign up as an individual, expect to pay an average between $25 and $50 per month on a two-year contract, higher rates for couples and families.
- Talk to family and friends. Consult with the people that know you best — your family and friends. Ask your peers where they workout and any questions that will help determine your decision. You might discover common interests in exercises and the hidden opportunity of a workout buddy. There are always safety in numbers in any situation and believe it that more than 80% of buyers decisions derive from peer-to-peer.
- Step out of your comfort zone. Be prepared to keep an open mind and be able to step out of your comfort zones in certain situations such as working with a personal trainer and attending an exercise class. Don’t let the exercise machines and people around you intimidate you and affect your confidence. It’s essential to have an open mind and be able to bounce off positive vibes the minute we walk into the gym, endure the workout, and once you leave the facilities.
Overall, the gym is an oasis that should bring people together for the positive outlook for fitness and health. Knowing that you belong to a gym where there is positivity all around, you will feel good and you will keep coming back.
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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