Insert yet another shot of my sneakers here, or not. Whatever. 

Today I took my gym bag packed with work clothes, a towel and some pr sample shampoos, body washes and deodorants and got to the gym about 7am. It was day one. It felt like the first day at school, but of course, I’ve been here before. I’ve started the gym before; once when I was 16 and again when I was 21’ish. And a few ladies circuit gyms in between. I had my orientation yesterday. I was ready and excited to start. To take my 5km challenge to the next level. To kick some gym butt!

But before I even started, the thing that annoys me most reared its head. And when it comes to annoying things this is a BIG one. It is when anyone {in this case, the trainers} underestimate my abilities because of my size. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s an unusual combination to be the size I am and have a first day at the gym starting point that I do. I’ll give them that. Safety first and all that, they may have doubts on my abilities. But don’t vocalise them. Lock them in your little trainer brain and don’t tell me about them. After all isn’t it your job to motivate, push and challenge me? Or at very least to test me before tucking me quickly in the fat and therefore lazy box?

And unsurprisingly, after telling me to take it easy, only do what I could and to especially be careful not to exert myself, I declined their offer of personal training sessions. At an additional cost, of course. I went for an alternative I’m happy with. I’m working out with my sister. I’ll do the same program that her and her friends are doing. Because I know, my sister will never underestimate what I can do. I’m hoping that this demonstration won’t go un-noticed and maybe I’ll get my own plan suitable for my current level of fitness not some preconceived notion about it.

So this morning I worked out with my sister. It was only the sit ups with the medicine ball that I couldn’t manage the same amount of reps as she was doing. Not that I’m being silly. When the weights were too heavy on the first rep, we lowered them by one and found a happy level. When I was literally crying doing sit ups, we took a break. I’m calling it common sense training. We are both incredibly excited to watch what happens from here. We have visions of trim, taunt and terrific.

So. Watch this space!

  • GO YOU! Guess what you will rock it! I am going for my new gym programme in the morning and I can’t wait…I was a gym junkie before and now we have a gym opening here where I live, I am so excited to get back into it…

    • I know that feeling. I said to my Hubby the other day, I’m really excited to knuckle down and really do this. SO exciting. Good luck.

  • Daisy

    I can understand your frustration! I can’t wait to hear how you go and how you challenge their preconceived notions of what “fit” looks like!

    • Thanks Daisy, I’m sure you’ll hear ALL about it here. Haha.

  • That’s awesome! I too hate having my fitness judged by my size- you just have to prove them wrong 😉

  • Woo hoo!! Good on you! This is what I’m about to do too. I’m scared because last time I was at the gym, about 3 years ago, I was fit and 10 kgs (at least) lighter. I’m sooo worried. And since I’ve had whooping cough I’ve had to wait even longer. But I’m coughing a lot less now and the gym’s been on my mind – even if I join the seniors classes, surely they cough and splutter in there??? today you’ve really motivated me to pay my membership – other wise another month will have gone by. Can’t wait to hear about your progress x

    • Oooo, good luck! So glad I gave you a shove. I just hope you cough yourself to death in the process. I would feel pretty darn bad about THAT.

  • Beck @ The Rambling Mummy

    Good On You!!

    I think it is great that you have your sister to train with. Its our loved ones that push us the best because they will never doubt us!

    • It was my brother with the run and my sis in the gym. It’s all kinds of wonderful. I have THE BEST siblings.

  • Dean

    Go team Go LOL

    Just a thought….Maybe they say those things to ALL first timers? You would be surprized the amount of “tiny” people turn up to the gym and almost die doing fairly basic stuff…..”Daisy” is right “fit” (& even healthy) comes in all shapes and sizes.
    You don’t have to prove anything to anyone but yourself…. You are you own biggest critic…. If you want a cheap (free) trainer let me know…
    Love ya

    • Thanks Dean Boy. << That's my brother people! Say hi. 🙂 Yeah, I thought about that. It probably was. Well, I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt anyway! That's good advice, I know I am. The proof is in the pudding with the 5km, I think. I'll keep that in mind. They do passes at Jetts, so you might have to come in sometimes on a pass. Love you too. xo

  • Dean is right, the instructors say those things to all newcomers. They have to as part of their job. It’s the Health and Safety part of their training. You’d be surprised at how many people go in thinking they’re fit and push themselves to the point of pain or injury, then try to sue the gyms.
    I wonder if I could handle a seniors class? I’m very unfit and with my dodgy back and achy joints, I’m wary of trying anything. Might see if I can watch for a week or two before signing up for anything.

    • Yeah, he probably is. And given that he’s a qualified personal trainer and has had to give the speech just tips me over the edge. 😉

      I’m sure you could. Try a water class. Friends of mine {young and old} swear by it for low impact.

  • Sarah

    Going to the gym with you would be fun:)

    Don’t worry about the orientation. It’s probably standard procedure and other peoples expectations and stereotypes regarding size and fitness are only made to be broken.

    You can demand new expectations!!

    • It is! My sister and I laugh the whole time. Except when I’m crying. 😉

      I love that, I think that’s just what I will do. Demand new expectations.

  • Sheri Bomb

    You are inspiring me 🙂

    I am not really in a good place at the moment head space wise, fitness wise and self confidence wise and they are all playing off each other to make me feel off balance and a tiny bit freaked out at how not ‘me’ I feel.

    So I am reining it in. Taking a deep breath. Shaking off the negatives. Seeing your determination. Having my heart fill with pride for you. And taking inspiration from you to start kicking my own butt a little more on the fitness side of things. I know it will be a chain reaction from the inside to the outside and the inside again. And I will be back.

    • It will fall into place, I know that for myself to be true. My Dad always said to me that a walk would sort out a fuzzy head and make you feel better, happier and proud of yourself. That, after all, is what it’s all about. Get out there Sheri and kick some butt. PLUS I imagine that you rocking work out clothes would be a thing of beauty!

  • Meegan

    I love that you KNOW you can do more than they think you can – how empowering (and all that girl power stuff..!) is that?! Definy that trainers perception and GO FOR IT!!!

  • Mademoiselle Slimalicious

    Well done Melissa! Keep up the good work!