Reader’s Pick

January 31, 2011

Find these posts here:
Just Say No to Resolutions!
The Language of the Weight Room
Fashion Forward
The Name Game
You Define Success

In last week’s post, Just Say No to Resolutions, I mentioned the increase in the number of gym goers in January of each year. It is noteworthy to say the least. Regular gym goers are suddenly battling for their chance at the treadmill and waiting their turn for use of the yoga mat. But the number of people in the gym isn’t the only thing that changes.

Have you ever noticed the language of the weight room? If you are one of those folks who stays in the fitness room with the cardio equipment, you may not have noticed, but if you join the testosterone-filled weight room, you know what I’m talking about. Grunts and sighs fill the air and provide a sense of camaraderie in the weight room.

And that is all the language weight room users need. The words they use to communicate are more sounds than words, but they speak of pain, of triumph, of strength, and even of defeat at times. Gym goers use these sounds to speak to themselves, to those that support them, to those they support, and to those they do not know. They communicate encouragement, dedication, and perseverance.

And with the increase in the number of people who use the gym, there is also an increase in the volume of the language of the weight room. So, while you are fighting for your time on the treadmill, think of those who rather than fighting, use sounds to unite with others and show their commitment to their new (or old) workout routines.

Word of the Week: Perseverance
Word to the Wise: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”  James 1:12

Disclaimer: The author of this blog considered providing examples of the language of the weight room but was unsure how to spell the grunts and sighs typically uttered by weight room users. If you care to give it a try, feel free to do so.