I’m walking up the stairs to hit the gym but I feel like a fool. Is the gym not a place for really fit people? A place full of buff men moaning and groaning? What if my imagination starts to run wild and I start to laugh?
Oh no, I am going to look so out of place. I do not look hot in the gym!! I am a sweaty mess. Also, groaning when I lift heavy weights? That is so not cool. Nobody needs to hear the kind of noises I make in the bedroom. Really! Cringe. What am I even doing here? Should I turn round and just go home? I am feeling intimidated and I’ve not even entered the room. But I really want to get stronger. I want to be a girl who lifts.
These thoughts were running though my mind in January as I started my journey to becoming strong, not skinny. These feelings are so normal. I know they are because I get a lot of Mums writing to me telling me I have encouraged them to go. Because if I can then so can they. You see, I like to keep it real. I am a perfectly imperfect Mum who has found a love of fitness. I don’t strut around with a full face of makeup and tiny little shorts and bra’s and that is ok. There is a time and a place for a sexy selfie and for me the gym ain’t one of them. Also, if my PT, team GG, caught me he would be raging. Get sweating girl, you ain’t going clubbing! Look, we can’t be bloody gorgeous all the time gals. Let’s keep it real.
The gym is a place to sweat. To work hard. To get results. Then on those rare, precious nights out you can take a selfie and show off your new improved strength and fitness glow with pride. Strutt your sexy ass and say “I’m HOT and I don’t care what anyone else thinks, because I worked hard for it”.
I will post about fitness for the rest of my life. Because we need to keep it real for those who want to get fit. For those who understand the power that exercise has for our body and our mind. We need to normalise going to the gym. We need to break down the fear many have.
Let’s break down the stereotype that the gym is only for big buff men. Let’s make it a place everyone feels welcome. Let’s make it a fitness playground with no prejudice. Because exercise should be a privilidge for us all. No matter what shape or size we are.