Thursday, August 25, 2011

Don't be an elitist.

Dear Elitist Runner/Weight Lifter/Fitness Guru/etc.,

Guess what? Your shit stinks.

I'm assuming you look at me and see this overweight gal in class whose thighs and belly wobbles while doing jumping jacks. Or whose finishing time at a 5K is over 30 minutes. Or whose weights are half the heaviness of yours, but guess what, I'm just as good as you. I have the same willingness to strive for more, to set goals and meet them, be more fit.

When I mentioned that I was running a 5K this weekend you gave me a look. I know that look. I've seen it many times. It's the same look I used to get from the server when ordering triple Jalapeno Poppers from Sonic Drive-In. Or the same look I got when I would walk into a store that only goes up to size 12 and I was a size 24.

Shame on you.
You have no idea where I've been.
You have no idea what I'm capable of.

Reality is we're very much the same, except for one big difference. I don't judge. In other words, I'm not an elitist.

Making comments on someone's finishing time or snickering at someone's goals cause they seem lower than yours (or possibly HIGHER than yours) isn't a supportive attitude. It's important to be supportive in the fitness atmosphere cause you have no idea who that may affect. You don't know what that person's struggles are.

What difference does it make to you? When did you get the permission to judge others based on fitness? Why does it bother you that a person is trying to be a better runner? Or attending a weight class that challenges them? How does it offend you?

I feel sorry for you. I feel sorry that you can't accept people as they are, because that means you're missing out on really getting to know some very strong people. Perhaps even stronger than you'll ever be. You'll miss out on getting to see their triumphs.

Stop the elitist attitude. You're not better than anyone cause you can run faster, you're not cooler than everyone cause you can lift more. Encourage and celebrate everyone's fitness goals, cause they need that help and support.


P.S. Oh, by the way, while you're busy putting other people down cause they're not super-fitness-toned-up person like you. I was blogging about it to all my weight-loss, fitness, running readers; kthxbai

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