I participated in an aerobics class recently. It was a good class and I really enjoyed it, though I couldn’t keep up. Just before the class started, two ladies greeted each other who were friends – or probably just gym buddies – who hadn’t seen one another in a long time. Very soon into the class, it became apparent to everyone in the class that those two ladies began competing with each other, trying doubly hard to keep up with the instructor and outdo each other. They were really showing out. About halfway through the class, one lady fell down crumbled over in pain from a muscle cramp in her leg. Evidently she overdid it and suffered an injury.
What is your purpose for going to your gym? If it’s to show off for others, then you probably won’t reap the full benefit of your routine; but more than that, you may be putting yourself at risk. If you can’t keep up with everyone else, like me on that day, that’s okay. Do the best you can, and workout at your own pace. If you are able to keep up, don’t try to rub it in the face of others, as it not only could make them feel insecure causing them to feel bad, it’s also bad karma.
Just be yourself and work at your own level. You aren’t there for everyone else. You should be there for you and only you.