For the last two weeks, my coworkers and I have been hitting the gym most mornings before work- and let me tell you, it's so nice to get a workout over with first thing in the morning! Sure, it's incredibly painful to pull myself out of bed hours earlier than I would like, but once I've laced up my sneakers and am walking towards the train station, I immediately know I've made the right choice (even though every morning I contemplate calling off!).
The nice thing about working out with my coworkers is that on top of getting along great, we all need to be at the same office, at the same time, making it easy for us all to be on time. After our workouts, we eat breakfast together in the office, and it's just genuinely a great way to start the morning.
It also helps make the gym a bit more bearable of a place, because lets face it, working out alone (especially as a woman) can really suck.
Between overcrowded weight rooms, and people taking gym selfies, it can be a pretty stressful place. Working out in a group allows you feel part of something, and helps me at least feel less likely to be singled out by others.
Or so I thought...
Last Thursday, it was just Kajsa and I in the morning, and we decided to do focus on legs/butt, doing not only machines but hitting the squat rack for several intense sets. While we were in the middle of the second round of leg press, out of nowhere, Kajsa hears two guys (who are there every morning and are definitely total meatheads) say:
"If they want any shot of getting an a**, they had better add some weight to those reps..."
*queue an awful sneer and laugh*
Kajsa waited till after our workout to tell me what they had said, and it's honestly a good thing she did; had I heard the two of them, I would have gone OFF!
My initial thoughts were:
A) You will quite literally never have a shot with this a**, so don't concern yourself
B) You can kiss my a**
And after I simmered down, it just made me sad. Not for myself personally or Kajsa (we are both a healthy and normal weight) but for people in general at the gym. My thoughts on anyone at the gym is GOOD FOR YOU!! You are quite literally taking steps to better yourself, so who gives a flying F*CK what you look like?
This type of behavior is not only incredibly childish, it's also destructive and has the power to make someone who may already feel totally out of place at the gym, feel awful. This isn't to say it's only men who indulge in this sort of behavior- I've heard many women snicker an sneer at others, and it's just so so SO petty.
Let's be better than this, and let's make sure the gym is a safe space for everyone.
And if I ever hear those two losers say anything about me or someone else within my earshot at the gym, I will most definitely be giving them a piece of my mind!