New Year’s fitness mavens have been given a bad reputation, often being viewed as a nuisance by the regular workout warriors.
But surprisingly, SAIT students seem to be welcoming and supportive of their peers’ decisions to become more active in 2017.
“It’s a pretty friendly environment [at the gym],” says Zach Weber, a first-year architectural technologies student.
“Everybody’s there to work on themselves, so there’s not really any judging.”
Weber and his roommate Luke Dennis, a second-year professional cooking student, started utilizing SAIT’s weight room before the winter 2017 semester began and have been going almost every day since.
“Everyone is very welcoming,” said Dennis, explaining that he joined the gym with the desire to better himself and his lifestyle, and that the other gym attendees, whether new or old, are there with similar intentions.
Matthew Rose, a second-year information technology student, has been using the weight room at SAIT for a year, frequenting the facility about three times per week.
Rose said he has noticed a definite increase in traffic since the beginning of January.
“[The increase in traffic] may just be because people are trying to get back in shape after doing nothing for three weeks over the break, or people are attempting to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions and trying to improve themselves,” said Rose.
Although Rose said he isn’t thrilled about the busier gym, he is happy to see his fellow students making an effort to get in shape.
“We have all fallen victim to a New Year’s resolution that doesn’t pan out,” Rose said.
“I’m sure that many of the people who I see at the gym right now I won’t see in a month, but the fact that they are trying their best and showed up in the first place makes me proud of them for giving it a shot.”
Taylor Doud, a second-year information technology student who has been frequenting SAIT’s weight room about four times a week since the first year of his program, agreed that he’s happy to see the increased use of the facility.
“I see the gym as more of a community than a place to exercise, and that’s because I enjoy the activity so much,” said Doud.
“I want to see people find the same excitement and exhilaration that I have found in physical exercise and if I must sacrifice a bit of my space to do it, I would gladly do so.”
It’s a pretty friendly environment [at the gym]. – Zach Weber
Doud said he views the New Year’s get-fit folks as being brave because, in his opinion, taking the initiative to first join a gym is harder than maintaining a regular workout schedule.
“Those first steps of entering the doors to the iron temple can be daunting,” said Doud.
“The gym has attained an infamous and inaccurate reputation for being a hostile and unfriendly environment, but I believe that if someone is willing to see through these falsities and try the gym for the first time only to find that it’s not for them, they should be applauded and not shunned.”