I used to go about my day having a nearly non-stop conversation with myself, crafting blog posts in my head about this or that or whatever was happening in the moment.
I’m not sure when it stopped, but I noticed I hadn’t been talking to myself much lately.
(Okay, maybe that’s a good thing.)
I tried to take up Crossfit today. I dropped by the gym to find out about scheduling and pricing, and the owner basically told me to go home because Crossfit is for “athletes and people who are very sports-minded.”
Ooooooooooooooooo that made me MAD.
Also, he informed me they don’t allow pushups from the knees in their gym. My friend, a Crossfit enthusiast, assures me this is NOT a hallmark of Crossfit everywhere, but sounds like this guy is just a jerk. I think I just didn’t look like an ideal client for his establishment, and so he did his best to hustle me out of there before one of his sports-minded regulars caught site of the baby-wearing mother in coloured denim.
(My new pink jeans are awesome, by the way).
I couldn’t get my thoughts together clearly or quickly enough to tell him his attitude is costing him business.
But I did gesture to the room of ergs and weight and resistance machines and gymnastic equipment and told him I was not intimidated. I even did a few whole pushups (from my toes!) But he insisted it wasn’t for beginners.
So I’ll keep my $130 a month. Wouldn’t want to pad his pocket anyway.
There’s a whole lot of inspirational/motivational crap out there about not making excuses for not exercising. But when morons (and supposed fitness professionals – he was sure to swagger about how he coached the 6 a.m. class) like this pull this crap, it kind of puts a damper on the drive to exercise.
(Dude, I’m up and raising kids by 5 every morning. Your 6 a.m. coaching session does not impress).
I’ll be okay. I’ve had craptastic coaches in the past. I can try another gym or just make my own training plan. I’ll be fine.
But what about the next person who walks in there and gets the same treatment, someone who really IS a beginner looking to get healthy? I really really hope that person doesn’t meet the dude I did today.