This is the time to be as loud and obnoxious as possible while lifting.
Grunt, drop heavy weights, keep your eyebrows down as if you're pissed off at the world and give intimidating looks to all the new customers.
They just might leave sooner than their 4-6 week average.
Plus, who needs the possibility of any competition? Lets keep the fat, unhealthy people fat and unhealthy.
The worse they look and feel, the better I look and feel.
Just kidding. Even though they do get in the way, and don't know proper gym etiquette, they're begginers and deserve the chance to better themselves.
It is unfortunate that so many quit so soon, but that could have a lot to do with them either doing too much too soon, or being intimidated from all the other people who act like they know what they're doing.
I remember the most intimidating people I knew were the ones who would get in their little cliques and talk, stare and laugh at everyone else more than they actually trained.
Luckily for me now, I don't care so much about what other people think and I've learned not to judge what others are doing because I don't know their goals or their current knowledge (I only judge those who talk the whole time and make fun of others).
I guess the point of this post is to remind everyone what it felt like when we were new to all of this and how intimidating it can be to workout in front of other people when you are obviously out of shape.
Plus, health insurance will be cheaper if we can keep more people healthy more often.