Dear Boys and Girls,
I work from home 4 or 5 days out of the week. So, I decided to join a group fitness class at the local YMCA to add a little fun to my life and fitness routine.
I went in there expecting to be unimpressed, but with an open mind. I mean, let's face it, after Tony Horton, Chalene Johnson, Debbie Siebbers, or Shaun T. as my personal (albeit virtual) trainers, almost everyone else pales in comparison.
While Michelle was no Chalene or Debbie, her class surprisingly kicked my butt. It felt great to do a completely different routine, even to be a little or a lot uncoordinated while using the step block or whatever you call it! On a scale of 1 to 10, I gave my workout a 10. Really. It was good!
Now, I couldn't help but notice how many people in the room were following right along, but they looked out of shape.
Now, wait. I know that one can be cardiovascularly in shape, but not look fit. I am not critiquing the folks in that class for not looking like me. I'm not that vain and I'm not that big of a jerk. Really.
But, I know (and I know because people write to me on a daily basis regarding this very issue) that 99% of the people that work out and who haul their butts to the gym on a regular basisor do any kind of fitness program want to see results. Many don't. Almost all of the folks in my class today were kind of chubby, not obese, but they had a tire around their waist or a little/big pouch. Again, I know not everyone wants to have a six pack or look like a fitness model. That is not my point.
I really felt sad while doing my thing there today. I felt that almost every single one of these people were missing the most important part of the equation:
If I were a fitness instructor at the Y, I think I would stress the importance of eating clean and hand out sample meal plans...even if my "job" was simply to instruct the class. I'll be honest, it's probably only a matter of time before I come in there with meal plans and possibly get myself kicked out. What can I say, I'm a woman on a mission.
I want others to feel good about themselves, to see the fruits of their labor. The solution is actually quite simple, yet, most people don't know about it.
That's about to change, at least at my local Y!