Today’s post might be offensive. Not on purpose. Not to push buttons. Not to get a reaction. Today’s post is sharing an opinion, my opinion and hopefully starting a conversation.
I’m a Les Mills group fitness instructor and have been lucky enough to meet a few of the LMUS TAP team over the years. Marlon Woods is one of them and he is one of the best. He is strong, authentic, inspirational, a great coach, a great presenter, a great trainer and someone who asks the hard questions.
Yesterday he posted a video on his Instagram [found here] regarding what a fitness instructor should look like and then asked us to be brave and share our thoughts. So, without thinking, I did. I taped a video sharing my thoughts, and then some [you can watch them here].
For those of you who have/haven’t watched let me break it down for you.
1] I expect Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers to walk the walk. I expect a fitness instructor to be an example to those taking a class. In one word, you should be FIT. Now, understand, fit looks different on everyone. My fit might not be yours. You might be heavier than me and able to kick my butt in cardio. You might be smaller than me but able to lift more weight. THAT IS ALL INCREDIBLE. You are an example and that is my point. If you tell ME to do push up, squat, burpee, lunge, I EXPECT you to be able to do the same exercise, almost perfect [baring an injury of course]. You must look fit, otherwise you’ll lose me.
2] The ‘LOVE YOURSELF AS YOU ARE’ movement is a great one. People have worried far too long about what their looks, their lack of looking like a super model and hiding their unique to fit in. Right now it is an amazing time to be a woman, to be seen as something other than pretty. We can be strong. Smart. Techie. In charge. We can be it all and we are now being told we are ENOUGH just the way we are. Which is wonderful. But, is it also a crutch? Are we letting our health suffer because we have such a strong self body image? Are we pushing fitness away because we believe fit is meant to change our love of our self? You are a wonderful human being, no matter what your pants size, but if your number is creeping higher and higher are you losing your outlook on being healthy because you feel adamant you ‘don’t need to be a size two’ ?
3] Too often FIT is something we associate with ‘skinny, pretty, lean’ and that’s so wrong. Fit is being able to lift heavy things. Fit is walking up the stairs without being winded. Fit is being able to get up and down with ease. Fit is not about looks. Fit is about health. Fit is about where you will be 5 years, 10 years and multiple decades from now. Will that nail polish you just purchased add years to your life? Are those jeans really something you need to ‘TRULY’ feel better about yourself? What about spending those dollars on your health? Maybe joining a gym? Maybe getting a personal trainer for four simple sessions? Maybe buying at home equipment to make it easier to train.
Are you making your health a priority? Are you looking yourself in the mirror and seeing what you hope to see? I hope you say yes to both questions. If you want help, ask me. I’m here for you, to guide you on your best path to health.
What do you think a fitness instructor should look like? What is your thoughts on body image and health? How do you view fitness?