We all want to look the part. We dress up for church, interviews, date night, perhaps even to take our kids to the park (depending upon who you may see at the park). There are even those who put on the paint to go to work. For the most part, I wasn’t one of them. Working dialysis, PACU, and other jobs as a staff nurse, most would agree–doing my make-up wasn’t high priority.
I’ve noticed however, this trend recently. Working out is often more of a fashion statement, than a commitment. When I was training at a major fitness franchise, I recall more than a few clients who embraced this idea. The one that comes to mind, was a girl with long blonde hair, tossing her head back and forth while on a cross trainer. She finally came down from her make shift pedestal (after a weary ten seconds) swished her hair a little more, then looked around to see if anyone would talk or take notice of her. She checked her phone, got up, and decided to give the cross-trainer another shot. She sat down on the bench again. Still no one talking to her. Guess it was time to leave.
WHY ARE YOU HERE?
No one says you have to exercise in clothes clearly not meant to be seen in public. But if you’re struggling to lose weight, and this tale of the gym may be you–attention please. MORE SWEAT LESS PRIMP. Ladies guys see you–but it may not be in a way you would like. The male trainers in my group had lots to say about scantily clad women, as well as those made up, just to work out. Flattering? Not hardly. Some of the more tepid comments ranged from “too much cellulite for that outfit,” to “that make up is going to be all down her face by the time I’m through with her.” And you know what? It was. From runway ready to possessed clown, in a matter of minutes.
Why am I bothering with this topic? A few reasons.
First as a woman, I want other women to know how men really react in this scenario. True enough, there are those who feel otherwise. But from what I’ve heard, the latter is in the minority.
Another reason? There are those of us who are genuinely there to exercise. Or, help others reach their fitness goals. Your posturing, posing, and primping on a machine means someone else can’t use it. And don’t think for one moment, you may not get called out on it. Yes, I’m acutely aware of the male version of this phenomenon.
Either way, it’s got to go.
Another reason? A little R & R. Results and respect. Respect those who want results. Results that don’t end with a hook-up, that is.
Yes, I get the gym can double as a social outlet. However if this is yours, kindly respect why the rest of us are there. If you need a reminder of the real purpose of this facility, take a look around. It’s filled with exercise equipment.
All for now. Keep up and keep at it.
By the way, while education was the subject of this video, check out what this four-year old has to say. She was told she didn’t “look the part.” It takes the mouth of babes to redirect and refocus us.