Trust me, this article isn’t as negative as the title sounds. It’s about empowerment.
I was in the middle of writing a blog post, but today while at the gym, I had an experience that really opened my eyes, and taught me to appreciate everyone in the gym, so I had to mention it ASAP!.
I know a lot of people see a lot of silly things in the gym, which lead a lot of you to take a Snapchat or video of the bad form, weird exercises, or crazy workouts to share it with your friends, and laugh about those exerciser’s lack of knowledge. Touching on this, I think instead, we need to help empower those! A lot of people come into the gym not knowing what they do, but motivated to make a change, lose (or gain) weight, and get healthy. Although some of us are well versed in the plethora of health and fitness information that is out there, some people don’t even have a base on where to start looking, or even what to look for. So first we need to think: Good on that person for showing up to the gym!
As I was going my shoulder and core workout today (with no identification of being a PT what-so-ever), I had an overweight lady approach me stating that it is her first time at the gym, and she noticed that I seemed to know what I was doing, and would like advice on how to do a basic sit up, as she was unsure how to. Right off the bat, I was astounded that she felt comfortable enough to approach me and ask for help! Immediately I felt inspired by her, and began teaching her some basic exercises to get on her way. She struggled while doing them, but let me tell you, the amount of hard work that she was doing was amazing. I could tell how much effort that she was exerting (definitely more than I was today), which made me envy her, and her motivation. I then felt the need to offer her a few free PT sessions to help educate her on exercising, and teach her how to do it autonomously eventually. I cannot begin to explain how inspired she made me feel, and how great it felt to help someone on their way without having to advertise myself as a personal trainer, and work hard to find the business.
Finally, I know a lot of people have a very skewed view on exercising, as they see only pictures of “sexy fitness models” wearing very little clothing, showing up their tight, toned bodies. In reality, however, most people show up to the gym in baggy shirts and sweat pants, as most people are not comfortable in tight-fitting, skin-revealing, clothing. This is another problem with society. Many people don’t want to show up to the gym wearing this apparel, which again, will demotivate them. I feel as if a new “norm” needs to be revealed in society, which represents the actual gym experience, and then touch on the “sexy” results afterwards, rather than in the gym setting itself.
So what do you say, let’s start empowering those who are struggling at the gym! Instead of laughing at bad form, questioning peoples motives, or making fun of those who are overweight and sweating from walking on the treadmill, why don’t you help them? Correct their form, give them advice, or high five them at the end of their workout, because I guarantee, they have similar goals to you, they just don’t yet know how to approach it!