Yesterday I went to a workplace in Fredericksburg to talk about Anytime Fitness. After I gave my short presentation I told people they could come to the table where I was standing to sign people up or answer further questions. One woman who was (self-proclaimed) overweight, came up to another guy standing near my table and said (within hearing distance) mockingly, “Are you signing up for the gym!?” To which the guy replied, “Yeah, after work”. And she then said, “Ha, yeah. Us two fat people can go join the gym”. More words were exchanged as I just stood there and listened not really knowing if I should chime in. Finally I decided to say, “Well, you have to start somewhere.” And the woman replied, “Gyms aren’t for fat people. They’re for skinny little girls who want to tone up!”
And, that’s when my heart dropped and I replied, “The gym is for everybody. All sizes!” She came back with some other dig and I said, “Well, I don’t know who you’ve been talking to, but someone’s been lying to you because gyms are for everybody; no just for just skinny people!”
I was semi-offended, shocked, and taken back my her attitude and comments because it upset me. What I really wanted to tell her was, “I didn’t freakin’ get my education in this industry, become certified, and love to do what I do to work with “skinny people who want to tone up!” Because in all honesty, I don’t care for skinny people either (no offense). But for real, it made me sad that some people have this misconception that you have to be fit or “skinny” to workout. EVERYONE needs to workout/exercise no matter what size you are. And the main reason for working out and exercising shouldn’t be strictly to look good, the importance is on your health and the way it makes you feel.
It makes me sad to think that there are probably a lot of people who share the same thoughts as this woman’s and who don’t exercise because they think it won’t help them or they have to be in shape first. How do you think you’re going to get in shape/healthy if you don’t start today!?
If you’re one of those people that thinks you have to “look a certain way” or “you have to get in shape before you go workout at the gym” I want to tell you that you are mis-informed! Gyms are for everyone; everyone needs to exercise for their mental and physical health, no matter what size you are or what you look like. I’m not concerned with the way people look, I could care less. I’m concerned with people’s health and their non-active lifestyle habits. I promise, if you start today for yourself and your health, looking better will just be an added bonus that’s right around the corner!