Thursday, April 21, 2011

What Your Fitness Speaks

Just a thought. And I will refrain from specifics as it does include and/or is about an indirect boss of mine.

I happened to be doing some stairmill work last week for FMC and as sweat was pouring down my face I glanced to my left and who should be working with a trainer but this indirect boss. Now, he is a physician and someone I have great respect for. His thought processes are always thorough and he handles a workload beyond what any above-average person does.

That being said, he was all Dr. Complainy Pants. Seeing at him around the hospital I would have thought he was an active man (normal active, not competitor active). And since he is such a hard worker around there, I would have expected the same in all areas of his life.

Not so. Dr. Complainy Pants happened to whine the whole time about balance, pains, how hard it is, and truly only put in minimal work. Now, we do not all go to the gym to impress others or watch someones workout. But lets be honest, you can tell a lot by a person in how they workout. Truly Dr. Complainy Pants is also Dr. Smarty Pants. But I will give him credit that he was there at 5am and doing kettlebell work.

Trainers don't need to hear our excuses and complaints. Seriously! I tell my trainer "I'm easy on myself all the time, I don't need you to be easy on me. In fact, I pay you not to be." Is it any wonder that those competitors on The Biggest Loser lose so much weight when they have Jillian Michaels yelling at them all day? Our commitment to fitness or the betterment of our own bodies speaks to others. We do try not to judge each other and I hold no judgement against people who are overweight, as I have been there and know it is NOT easy to pull yourself out of it... But does a person with a toned physique not tell others that they are a hard worker or dedicated?

Beyond Dr. Complainy Pants, I saw our CEO at the gym a few months ago. SHE is 5'2" and is probably in her late 50s (I'm guessing, she could be older and look awesome).... DEADLIFTING 215 lbs.

Can you guess what I think about her now? :)


  1. So funny to hear your story! You know, I have the same feeling. I think it is funny when you see a guy waking in the gym like he "owns the place" and see him deadlift less than me! Definitely my level of respect is linked to how hard a person works at the gym. I think people have to respect their limits (although we should try to push and improve them) but when I hear "big" girls complaining about their weight and see how little they actually do about it I have no sympathy... Talking about a co-worker (overweight, of course), as you have mentioned in your post about fueling your muscles, she says to me every time I grab one of my 6 meals: "Wow, you eat so much! That's why you kill yourself at the gym every day!!!". Do you know what I say after I hear that? Honestly nothing. She leaves off Kellogs protein shakes (a fortune worth of nothing) and doesn't even walk around the block. How to explain to person like that that exercising is fun, muscles are necessary and starving yourself won't do anything good to you?
    Anyway... Love you blog :)

  2. Seriously! I laugh all the time at the men who walk around the gym like they just scored at the 2 for 1 invisible watermelon sale (when they don't actually have lats)!
    Overweight co-workers are an interesting thing, I just ignore them (mostly) and move on. I have other energies to focus on over their negative ones. :P

  3. Mr. Complainy Pants! Love this!!

    Yes, I pay my trainer to be 'mean' to me. I am one of those women that laughs when she's in extreme pain. I laugh quite a bit right before I am about to cry or swear. I expect my training sessions with my trainer to be full of laughter. There is the rare day when I can even make myself laugh. :)