The next time you are at the gym TALK to someone!
Notice someone new in your step class? Say hello.
See someone you’ve been taking a class with for months? Introduce yourself.
I joined a new gym last summer and have been taking pretty much the same classes for about 3 months. Yet I still feel like a “newb.”
I see the same faces class after class. I’ve tried to say hello but no one seems interested in talking. It doesn’t help that a lot of people already know each other or come together. I’m a complete outsider and honestly, feel really lonely before and after class. I even tend to linger, hoping to hop in a conversation or chat with someone while we clean up.
I know this will change the longer I’m there. Some of the instructors seem to recognize me now and the girl at the counter says hello and asks me how I’m doing as if she remembers me.
I’m going to keep going and trying, of course. I love the classes but they’d be so much more fun if made a few friends in the process.
So fess up… Do you keep to yourself at the gym? Or are you chatty and welcoming to your fellow classmates?