Fitness Standards: A Place For All Types
I’ve wrestled with this post for about 2 years. Do I write it? How do I write it? When should I write it? The reason for the wait was that I never really understood how to frame it. I didn’t want to write it in fear of offending anyone. But today it clicked.
It’s time for me to share. This post isn’t about anything other than my thoughts. It’s about me. It’s my words. My story. My personal interpretation. This morning I listened to Rose McGowan on Today while completing an upper body circuit, sans pjs in the den) and she spoke so posed about the #MeToo movement. No surprise, like many of you reading I too have had my fair share of harassment first hand and by witnessed behavior. Shockingly, it wasn’t in the fitness industry at all, but throughout my career in corporate America. Most recently by a man suggesting we share an air BnB for the weekend for a work trip…“unless that would make you feel u comfortable” Insert eye roll, smoke coming from my ears and HR department here.
In fitness, women face our own struggles. Many of which we place on ourselves. Theres an unspoken list of how we should look. In turn, comes our own insecurities. Our own pressure. The bottom line is we have to remember our power and courage. We have to be bold about that fact. That’s this post.
Does it matter that I’m 130 lb. That I am working through my own current struggles, reservations, and restrictions. Does it matter that I don’t wear a full face of makeup to work, or nicely quaffed hair. Please… half the time, I am as sweaty as my clients.
Today I’m breaking up with the industry standard and ideal of what a trainer looks like. What a trainer eats. How a trainer lives. As a trainer, I’ve had long hair. I’ve had short hair. I’ve been 114 lbs and as of today I’m 130. I enjoy cocktails. I am addicted to sugar. I have food sensitivities. I’ve been fast, I’ve been slow. I have placed in local fitness events and I’ve deferred them. I’ve been in top shape and I have been injured. I think I’ll always be a little of all of this. I’m human. I don’t think these hinders me or renders me unqualified. I find my clients find me relatable and in-turn readily share their stories. Just this week a client told me “You get me. You’re like me.” That was the best comp i could ever receive.
There is a place for all types of fitness goals. In return all kinds of fitness trainers. My goal is to be active. To stay active well into my old age. To enjoy social outings. To navigate with healthy choices. To live diet-less and limitless. To live mindfully. To eat beneficially and to live fully. To incorporate many types of workouts into my repertoire, although HIIT is my favorite. I love running and don’t consider it a workout at all…unless I’m doing intervals.
Guess what, like trainers…fit-minded people can look different than you might expect too. They can be short, tall, lean, sturdy, fast, slow. They can eat salads and sometimes eat steaks. They can struggle and they can thrive. They are strong. They are my clients. My clients like to be active. They like to sweat. They like to run races, ride bikes, and pop in to many different fitness events in town. We all place standards on ourselves of what living fit has to look like. If you are doing one thing every day to be more healthy, more well, and be stronger then it is you. It is us!