Remember that new year’s resolution you made last year to become the best physical version of yourself that you could possible be? Now you’re here, a year later, and you’ve achieved all your goals, but do you remember how hard it was in those early days when you first set out? Do you remember when you didn’t have anyone there to help you? All you had was the occasional fellow gym-goer helping you to do your reps, or giving you a bit of advice on how best to work a specific muscle. You never had too much assistance, and mainly had a lot of sideways looks or people laughing at you for even attempting to change your life around.
Your physique is now in a position where it is a role model for all those people that have swarmed into your gym — and with great power, comes great responsibility! Because of this, you should first and foremost watch your form. Make sure you are not only working hard, but working cleverly: this means working on the correct muscles, taking the correct supplements and most importantly not pushing yourself too much — leading by example is the perfect way to motivate those who have entered your gym since the turn of the year. If you do that, you’ll be well on your way to one day having enough expertise in not only the field of fitness, but in teaching, to be able to take a look at a potential personal trainer course.
Now, you may be a physical specimen, but are you a nice person? Instead of being like all the people that refused to help you or even laughed at you when you first embarked on your gym-going adventure, take a look here and see how you help those who you think may need it. Your first goal should be making sure that anybody in your gym, or in fact anyone that you know, who has set the goal of maximising their body’s potential this year make it past the all important February threshold where the motivation brought about by the new year will be all but gone. Although you can’t read people’s minds, you can spot the all-important signs when someone’s motivation is starting to wane, including: shorter gym sessions, more time spent talking to others or on their phones, and less visits to the gym altogether. Secondly, you should talk openly with everybody you possibly can about not only their goals, but yours also. Once people start to realise that you are just like them in the sense that you still have fitness aspirations, they’ll be much more comfortable in allowing you to help them. Thirdly, for anybody that you see is struggling a lot of the time, be helpful enough to offer advice on what exercises to do, and with your extensive knowledge you should be able to help even if they’re not the gym type.
Instead of being one of those gym regulars who slam the rookies for poor etiquette, teach them. Tell them what is and what isn’t expected in regards to wiping machines down, time spent on machines and volume control. They didn’t judge you when you are your gym buddies swarmed their bars and pubs over Christmas time, did they?