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Gyms jam-packed now — luckily, not for long

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17.01.2020

I stopped by my gym the other day, just to confirm that we are still in the thick of New Year’s resolutions season.

We are.

In principle, I have nothing against the hordes that flood my gym, your gym, everyone’s gym during the month of January.

I make resolutions every year, too, even though mine are usually more of the moderately achievable “organize the hall closet” variety than the overly ambitious “lose 20 pounds” type. Besides, what kind of miserable person would pooh-pooh anyone’s attempt at self-improvement?

But, as a regular exerciser, I find the month of January to be a disheartening time. I know I’m not alone.

The New York Times is publishing articles with headlines that read, “How to Deal with January Crowds at the Gym.”

My Facebook news feed is full of complaints about newcomers hogging all the treadmills and screwing up the arrangement of the free weight racks.

My casual eavesdropping in the locker room has turned up nothing but bellyaching about oversubscribed group classes, waiting lists for the bike machines and crowded swim lanes (OK, so I might have been chiming in on that last........

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