Personnal Trainer Demie Scott April 30 2010 in Crystal Lake. (Dave Shields/For Sun-Times Media)
Updated: March 21, 2013 6:18AM
February is a month of commitment — not just emotionally, as in Valentine’s Day, but rather in follow-up to those New Year’s resolutions recently made.
Perhaps your trips to the gym or health club have resulted in initial weight loss and/or some gains in strength and cardio endurance.
Maybe you have realized the benefits to exercise in managing stress levels related to job and home.
Regardless of the personal reasons that have made you persevere in getting to the gym in the cold and sometimes in the dark, you have proven that this is important to you.
Nothing and no one can deter you from your mission to achieve a better fitness level — even a fire alarm.
“What fire alarm?” you ask. And how does that relate to exercise and being at the gym?
Let me explain.
Typically at this time of year, health clubs and gyms are still maximizing member capacity and equipment usage.
Most places are aware of safety and do their best to prepare for emergencies such as a fire. Periodically, gyms and health clubs are required to run a fire drill for safety assessment and to practice evacuation of their facility.
In these instances, a fire alarm will sound and often times is accompanied by flashing lights, ensuring that patrons can be alerted through sight or sound, of the imminent danger. With that in mind, the expectation is that people within the facility will evacuate, right?
Common sense says: “Everyone knows to leave immediately.” Mmmm, not everyone.
As the fire alarm sounds and the lights flash, some patrons — when asked to leave — have been known to respond with:
“Only have two minutes left on the treadmill.”
“The alarm is loud ….hurting my ears.”
“Need to finish drying my hair.”
“Just one more set. I am benching 450 pounds.”
“It’s just a drill. Why do I have to leave?”
Fortunately for gym members, the staff is tenacious in asking you to follow drill protocol. After all, there could be a real fire. They must wait for the fire department to turn off the alarm and give the OK to resume activity.
So the next time the fire alarm sounds at the gym, please act accordingly and evacuate.
After all, the gym waited a long time for your commitment. It will be there when you return.
Remember my motto: “What would Demie say?”
Well, this time, it would be: “Stay safe. Stay committed.”
Next time: “Watch your step!”
Demie Scott is a certified personal trainer and owner of FrisScott and Associates Inc. and occasional columnist for The Courier-News. Do you have a health and fitness question or topic you would like considered for future columns? Email Scott through the contact-us page on her website: www.makingfitnessconvenient.com. Check with your physician before starting an exercise program.