Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fitting into Fitness... Do you?



This is going to get a little personal. I love writing a lot of informative content however every once in a while a though strikes me that I want to share. Fitting into fitness is something that sounds silly but I think a lot of people can relate.

We all want to "fit" into something or be a part of a group of people who enjoy doing the same things. One thing that I feel is the biggest misconception is the great divide among fitness communities. Let's be 100% honest about this, it's FIT SHAMING. I know that might sound harsh but it is a form of harassment and judging. If there is one thing I want to do in the fitness community is share a positive light on ALL forms of fitness. You can be whatever and do anything you enjoy. Yes that's right, you need to enjoy it or why do it.

You might even be asking yourself where this is coming from. Along the years I have dabbled into many types of fitness. Why? Because I truly love it. When you find something that works for you, you stick with it and it's more FUN than working out. You wake up wanting to do it instead of dreading it. However, being involved in many types of fitness comes with a hefty price to pay and that is judgement.

Now, don't stop reading this just yet. I want to express a concern that I feel a lot of people don't even realize they do on a daily basis. In my own personal opinion, FITNESS IS FITNESS. I don't like the divide. Think of it this way, you might see a marathon runner, olympic lifter, bodybuilder, CrossFit athlete and even a swimmer. They are all athletes and all doing fitness right? You may like one over the other a bit more but overall they are doing fitness. WHY the judgment then?

Can a power lifter also be a swimmer? Does a bodybuilder always lift isometrically? Can a CrossFitter do a "Bro" workout? YES! All areas of fitness play onto the next. It blows my mind how so many fitness communities claim they are community yet shame another form of fitness. It's actually heartbreaking because this keeps people from wanting to try other things. I ENCOURAGE you to try new things. You might be good at and like something you never though you would because you feared the "judgment" of the fitness community you belong to.

Coming from me, as you can see in the above photo, I do what I love. I have been on both sides, judged by both sides of the fitness community and it does hurt. However as a fitness professional my goal is to break down this divide and start showing people they can do all things. My passion is FITNESS. I do what makes me happy. I have learned that you can't change the minds of people you can only educate them of the benefits of trying to be well rounded. Don't get me wrong, if you are in a sport as a competitive athlete you will be training in that domain predominately. That does not mean that you should judge others based on the fitness choices they make,

If you are like me and enjoy fitness, then next time you are in a group of friends or your community of people and they start making fun of another form of fitness, you might want to stick up for the other people out there doing their thing. Sometimes it's just plain ignorance of how hard another form of fitness can truly be and maybe all we need is to become more well rounded and educated on ALL forms of fitness !

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