The Gym Subculture

The Gym Subculture


The gym is more than just a place that you feel obligated to go to after you’ve set your New Year’s resolutions. There is a subculture involving going to the gym. But what is a subculture? A subculture in sociology is a smaller group within society that has cultural patterns set apart from the mainstream. Let’s see what gym goers have to say about their subculture. To achieve a goal; lifestyle change, weight change, enjoyment, emotional stress relief. I enjoy seeing my body change every time I go, whether it be like increasing my weight when I’m lifting, seeing like all the hard work I put into going to the gym, eating healthy, and seeing the results. I work out to stay healthy and be active to achieve a healthier lifestyle The gym membership is included in my tuition so I just wanted to take advantage of that. You feel good about yourself. Stay in shape and lose a lot of body fat because I am pretty chubby. A typical gym day would always start off in my kitchen where I make my first meal of the day, measure exactly how much carbs and then I head over to the gym to weigh myself and after I weigh myself, I start stretching and warm-up so I run for like five to ten minutes, and then I get to work. I do cardio first or I run on the treadmill or get on the elliptical and then I start doing some free weights Lift. Either biceps and back or triceps and chest. After the gym, I would always come straight home. I have a routine essentially that I follow and I don’t like to change up my routine throughout the day. I think this might be a little stereotypical, they’re definitely bigger, more muscular. Someone who goes to the gym usually you can tell from the way they dress, tank tops They wear tank tops definitely running shoes from the things that they’re carrying with them a lanyard from their gym, carrying around blender bottles or big water bottles. There’s a ton of gym lingos that I started using once I started hitting the gym more often and sort of immersing myself into that culture. The basics are the sets and reps. Those are usually terms I feel other people won’t really understand unless you explain to them. When you ask for a spotter, that means to get someone to help you do a lift. When you ask someone to pass you a plate, usually that could be really confusing for some who’s not very well-versed in gym lingo. A plate means 45 pounds. Definitely. Ever since high school when I first started going to gym, I’ve pretty much completely changed my diet. I eat a lot healthier and throughout time, I even started cooking my own meals and learned how to count my macronutrients. I started eating more protein, less fat, less carb, and more water. So yeah, my life has changed a lot. In the process of doing it all, I’ve enjoyed it throughout the day, I stay awake longer. You’re not as sluggish or tired in class so that’s definitely a plus. I’ll probably be sleeping honestly hang out, eat junk food together, yeah I’d be lazy, or try to do my homework when I really don’t do anything. My first time at the gym, probably one of the scariest moments of my life. I was a tiny person and when I stepped into the gym, I thought, “Wow, I am tiny.” Then I saw all these like so many buff guys it was one of the most intimidating thing ever. I was very self-conscious at first but over time, I definitely got used to it. It’s kind of interesting seeing a bunch of people doing their own thing and everyone’s kind of on their schedule but we all respect each other and stay out of each other’s way. People (gym-goers) who are very self-centered, make loud noises and are just generally like a kind of like an annoying group of people, and also really intimidating group of people. I think people that are judged or being stereotyped of going to the gym, I think it’s kind of mean because over time, if you hit the gym long enough, and you talk to enough gym goers, you realize like they are the nicest bunch of people trying to work hard and finish doing what they need to do to achieve their goal. Like yeah, they can be a little bit self-centered sometimes, but like, when you need help you just have to ask, and they would always be willing to help you. So yeah, that definitely changed how I view really big people essentially. If they work out too, we usually talk about something like that and connect on that level but if not, I just try to convince them that it’s good for them even if they only do it a couple times a week. It’s healthy and it does make you live longer and happier.