I love going to the gym and I’ve developed some nice friendships there over the years. Walking in is almost as familiar and comfortable as walking through my own front door. I know everybody. Not because I chat all the time but just because I’m there so often. It’s a great feeling.
That’s why I make it a point to at least smile and say hello to new people when I see them. I remember well when I first started lifting and how intimidated I felt in such unfamiliar surroundings. These days, when I visit new gyms or workout in new places, I feel just fine. I might not know anyone there but I do at least know how to use the equipment and how to improvise if I can’t find the exact things I’m looking for. When I first started out, I didn’t know anything. I didn’t know if I was doing the exercises properly or even what exercises I should be doing.
It’s easy to forget those first days. Some people look out of the corner of their eyes at newbies who show up but it’s important to remember that we were once just starting out too. A welcoming gesture or kind word might be the tiny bit of encouragement that someone needs to have the confidence to return. Wouldn’t it be wonderful be the person who helped set someone else on the road to good health and fitness?