I think that's a great idea!!
There are some people that actually compete in my gym. They seem a bit more focused and self-motivated than the majority. They inspire me when they're training.
Some of the really big guys are super nice about helping whenever I ask. They will answer questions about exercises for various bodyparts and often help me with suggestions on form. They'll even say, "Good job" when I've had a great set!
There are a few really old guys at the gym that just keep on going. There is a lady that is probably only 2 feet tall and has to reach straight up to reach the handle on the treadmill. There is an overweight, middle age couple that always ride the bikes side by side. There are a couple of girls in wheelchairs. One works out alone and the other has an aide of some sort. I am so glad that they are all there and striving to improve themselves!
People are very sport specific at my gym. There is not alot of judging by who does what or who lifts how much. Everybody seems to know that Joe's training to ski, and Bill's traning for football, Kerri is a fitness competitor, Dan is a powerlifter, Jill is a rockclimber, Ed is a MMA fighter, and some folks just have a wonderful healthy habit and routine that makes 'em feel good, handle stress better, and make life enjoyable. You can be YOU and do what YOU need to do at my gym!
The staff is terrific, calls you by name, and remembers your number when they check you in at the desk.
Anybody at my gym will let you borrow a little chalk!!! I have to say, I think a gym is the greatest place in the world and I happen to think that MY gym is a pretty cool place to work out!
Thanks for this "feel good" thread!!! Just thinking about all the things I really like about the gym has made me happier today!