Going to the gym in the New Year can be stressful for a lot of reasons.
One of those reasons is because the gym is likely to be a lot fuller at this time of year, meaning that you might have to wait a whole four minutes for a treadmill.
Another one of those reasons is that you might be new to the gym and not have a clue what you’re supposed to be doing.
One woman who experienced the latter was somebody who recently started going to the gym for the first time. Because of this, she didn’t quite know what she was doing and was struggling to use the treadmill.
While this was happening, a group of people began laughing at the woman, attempting to take a video of her as she struggled.
A stranger, who shared their story on Facebook, said that they noticed what was happening and decided to step in.
According to the post, which has since been shared on Reddit, the woman looked like she was about to cry.
“A group of two women and a man were very obviously laughing at/talking about another woman who was clearly new and nervous about being there,” the post reads.
“I didn’t realize that this was happening at first because I had my headphones in, but then I saw one of the women pull out her phone to take a video. The woman they were making fun of knew it was happening and was almost in tears.”
The person said that the woman then got off the treadmill and went back to the locker rooms. She followed her, told her to wait there, and reported the group to the gym’s manager.
The woman then told her that she didn’t know what she was doing but that she was “trying to learn.”
“She explained that she had recently lost her parent to a weight-related heart attack, and the doctors said that she was headed down the same path if she wasn’t careful.
“I told her that we all start somewhere, and after talking for a bit, I told her that her somewhere starts today and helped her up.”
The person said that they began training together, because they had been in the same situation the year before.
“In the end…three members got permanently banned today, and I made a new friend.”
Solid enough result, in fairness.