An inside look on a popular phrase: “We go Jim”

Nathan Feller

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May 2, 2023

Photo Courtesy of Emma Johnson

Club Dauntless is a local gym that where a vast amount of high schoolers go to workout.

“WE GO JIM.” A phrase that has taken the world of social media culture by storm and changed the lives of millions.

“WE GO JIM” was coined by popular social media and fitness influencer, Lexx Little, on March 15, 2022 in a video he uploaded to YouTube. The phrase gained traction with his following, and, within a year, the phrase had become widespread across almost every social media platform.

”It’s a saying that gym rats use in relationship to going to the gym,” senior Morgan Hobbs said. “It makes going sound more fun.”

Looking past the barbaric grammar, “WE GO JIM” yields a much deeper meaning for gym goers than just a strange joke. 

“It’s motivating,” senior Sydney Hull said. “To me, it means that even if you don’t feel like [going to the gym] because it’s too cold or something, you just look past that and go no matter what.”

From a funny phrase to a new movement, “WE GO JIM” culture has become a source of excitement and motivation for the younger generations – getting them off their phones and out of their comfort zone.

“I go to the gym every day because it makes me feel more accomplished,” senior Steven Stambaugh said. “Your body is made to push itself and [adapt], which is why it’s good to [workout].”

I go to the gym every day because it makes me feel more accomplished. Your body is made to push itself and [adapt], which is why it’s good to [workout].

— Steven Stambaugh

Generation Z has taken a lot of flak over the years. Those born between 1995 and 2012 have been stereotyped as lazy and without work ethic. 

“I completely agree,” Hobbs said. “I feel like our generation is lazy and quits the second they’re faced with a challenge.”

Some PHS students agree that their generation has become addicted to the comfort zone.

“This generation is all about getting that next dopamine hit,” Hull said. “Whether it’s scrolling through TikTok, eating constantly or doing anything that they think will make them happy. While there’s nothing wrong with doing what makes you happy, some people have replaced happiness with what’s easiest.” 

The “WE GO GYM” movement has begun the process of detoxification from constant comfort; it’s not only teaching the younger generations the importance of hard work, but also showing them the payoffs that come with consistency. 

“Most kids think they can fly through life without having to do any hard work,” Stambaugh said. “I believe a lack of self care impacts many things. Like, for example, when you show up to a job interview. If your interviewer can clearly see that you don’t take care of [yourself], it shows a lack of commitment that might translate into everyday life.”

Many students at PHS believe that this new fitness movement can instill important new values and free Gen Z from its shameful stereotypes.

“The ‘WE GO GYM’ phrase institutes discipline,” Hull said. “[Learning] how to do what’s best for you even if you might not want to do it could get rid of the laziness [of our generation].”