Why is Everyone Becoming a Fitness Snob: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope everyone is planning on getting one last workout in before Santa comes tomorrow. Stupidly, I thought that it would be a great idea to do a 6 mile run this morning in 19 degrees. Yeah, I finished, but it was VERY painful and my ears felt like a hundred needles were being stabbed into them. Anyway, you live and learn.

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This is how I felt^^^

So, the inspiration for this post came from various sources and I will try not to make it too rant-like. Last night, I had a conversation with my good friend, Stephanie, who does bikini and figure competitions. This girl really works hard everyday to eat and train right in order to grow her muscles and she’s come a long way. I assumed that most people would admire her dedication and perseverance to reach her goals (like deadlifting 265!).

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Steph’s first competition.

Surprisingly (actually, not so surprisingly), Steph explained the judgment and animosity she often felt from people who viewed physique competitors not as “real” athletes. Specifically, she described someone (whom shall remain unnamed) who is active in Crossfit and looked down on her workouts because they didn’t meet his standards. He perceived the mission of bodybuilders and figure competitors as focused more on vanity than strength and power.

The January/February issue of Women’s Health coincidentally featured an article focused on the era of the “exercise snob” and I took it as a sign that I just had to address this ridiculous Kindergarten bullying.

“This patronizing person works out harder than you do, knows more about fitness than you do, and looks better doing it than you do–or at least that’s how she makes you feel” (womenshealthmag.com).

Firstly, I’m going to make an honest effort not to target one group specifically. Because, let’s face it, many of us think our fitness philosophies and lifestyles are the best and anyone with opposing views is just plain wrong. I’ve been on both the receiving and the giving end of this self-righteous/holy art thou mentality.

Me: “Oh, you do Zumba? That’s awesome!” (In my head: Waving your arms around to obnoxious music doesn’t count at as a real workout).

Sorry to anyone who does Zumba…that really is awesome! At the same time, I’ve had people tell me that running isn’t a true sport and also isn’t good for you, blah, blah, blah (btw, screw you). I’ve seen and heard Crossfitters scoff at people who go to “regular” gyms and lift weights. Those same gymgoers argue up and down about the absurdity and pointlessness of Crossfit. Runners may hate Yoga and Pilates enthusiasts may never set a foot in a bootcamp class or follow a DVD workout series…and you know what: that’s fine! Who cares? To each their own…but, what has been annoying the hell out of me for the past few years is the fact that everyone has to crap on other areas of exercise. Believe me, it comes from all sides.

There shouldn’t be a competition determining who has it right…there is no single perfect way. It’s kinda like religion or taste in music. Not everyone’s goal is to bench press 3x their bodyweight, master king pigeon pose or get a muscle up. Some people just want to be healthy and maybe work off their double chins and love handles. And you know what, we should be supporting anyone with the motivation to get off their asses and move their bodies. Sure, I may get satisfaction out of passing a slower person during a race, but I respect the hell out of them for putting in the effort to train and finish it. The next time I hear anyone start to brag about why they know everything there is to know about health and fitness, I’m just going to be like:

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Or THIS.

Quick update on my hip: the pills my doctor prescribed have helped a tiny bit, but I went in again because I’m way too impatient for my own good and my progress just wasn’t were I wanted it to be. My doctor had me get an x-ray, which came back normal (fortunately). So, I will be getting a steroid injection in my hip at my next appointment. As much as I hate needles, I just want the constant pain to go away and get back into my normal training asap.

2 thoughts on “Why is Everyone Becoming a Fitness Snob: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

  1. Well said! I’ll admit, I’ve acted like a snob when it comes to working out, too, but I’ve keep those thoughts to myself, and I’m ashamed to admit it. More power to anyone who is taking the time to put an effort into exercise instead of being a couch potato!

  2. You are so right, Kellie. People judge each other about their choices in many areas of life. We look down on other people’s politics, religion, sexual orientation, clothes, jobs,…just about everything we do. Imagine how different the world would be if we didn’t judge each other so harshly. Thanks for the post.

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