Do You Even Lift, Bro?

With the New Year come New Year’s Resolutions — chiefly gym-related ones made by those hoping to have a healthier year.

Following closely behind these are current gym enthusiasts bemoaning the jam-packed Wallman Wellness Center and the amateur newcomers. Of these two groups, the latter is easily more annoying.

As a person who works out at the Wellness year-round, I have seen the influx of exercisers first hand. I agree that it is a bummer to get to the gym and find no open treadmills.

But what I find even more disheartening is how unwelcoming students who exercise often can be toward fitness novices.

Yes, you come here every day and you know proper gym etiquette.

Yes, you are accustomed to whipping through your workout and not waiting for a rack or machine to open up.

But these facts do not entitle you to an empty gym or any sort of preference.

We all pay exactly the same wellness fees. Without the subsidies from every other student at this university, you would be paying premium prices for the nice facilities and equipment you enjoy in relative peace throughout the rest of the year.

So, good for you, if you are an avid gym-goer, generally this means that you have lower stress levels, better physical and mental health, and a more positive self-image. Shame on you if you do not want those benefits for everyone though, especially if they are willing to earn them.

For some reason we can all easily agree that obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure are problems; yet, when people decide to do something about them and it requires us to exercise a little patience, we no longer see their working out as beneficial. How dismaying.

If what it takes is the start of a new year for people to find the motivation to go to the gym, then so be it.

Even if just one person sticks to the routine and improves his or her health, that should be worth the slight annoyance that a busy Wellness Center causes.

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