I used to belong to Lifetime Fitness, and can I just say that I’m happy to be long GONE!
When I started taking classes, the instructors were top-notch; many have moved on as they should; however, a small number remained. The best instructors for me were in the morning. We had similar styles; they knew how to motivate the members.
But then there was an insecure woman that began teaching, and I remember hearing members complain about how her self-esteem brought down theirs.
You’re probably thinking, how is this possible?
It is possible if you have a client/member just starting their fitness journey. And the person they are looking to help them is constantly complaining about their stomach, thighs, and hips and saying how they used to look.
Stop Body Shaming
When she criticized her body, the members thought well damn, what does she think about me. A few ladies told me they felt insecure around her and FAT.
We will call her Ms. Insecre!
You see, Ms. Insecure was thin, not very much muscle, but thinner than the women looking for her support.
She was always working out, and to others, she looked great, but due to her body-shaming, they felt she wasn’t sincere when she told them they were beautiful and looked amazing.
Ms. Insecure’s worst was her clients’/members’ best. They longed to have her body and hated the one they were in. But as I stated previously, her constant complaining made them feel wrong about themselves.
How I see it
As a mom and a trainer, I’m cautious about what I say about my body. So if I’m bloated or put on a few pounds, I never complain to my clients or kids.
Kids are impressionable and deal with enough body issues that society throws at them. They don’t need mom or dad putting more insecurities on their lap. I see clients in the same light. They need me to speak positively about my body so they can love themselves.
Once they love who they are at this moment, they will feel more empowered to better themselves.
If you are in the fitness industry, be careful what you speak out loud.
Your worst look may be someone’s dream look
Your worst day in the gym may be someone’s best day
Your worst effort may be someone’s best effort
Choose your words wisely and speak nicely about yourself, others can hear you!
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