I am a gym member. As a gym member I’m eligible to go to “classes” where a trainer walks you through a course of exercises targeting specific muscle groups or type of workout you want to do. For example you may want to work on Cardio, burn fat, strength, stretching or a yoga style called Refresh. Any and all of these classes are available to me for the low, low cost of my gym membership. Yay me!
A couple times a week I’m not just tediously meandering from one machine to another without really knowing what I’m working on when I do it, if I’m using correct form or anything else really. The gym is a wasteland of unknown things for those of use who hated Physical Education. Anyway… what was I talking about? Oh yes, I’ve been going to these classes pretty regularly this month.
Classes are a lot of peopling. If you don’t like people, it takes maximum effort to get threw a 30 minute session. That’s me. I thrive in the no people zone. I have to deal with random people all day long at work, doing so when I’m working out is almost painful. But that isn’t the point. I can fake it, and well. So well in fact that I have many conversations with these various people who class up.
There are a few things about these classes that I find interesting. I have never been in a class where an attendee was male. The trainer is male, the class participants have all been female. I will come in and edit with a date and time if a guy floats up in there to take a class. Really, that would be a noteworthy event.
Older women are SUPER talkative! Oh so friendly and see it more as a gathering than a thing you need to do. My age and younger are standoffish and just want to get in and get out as quick as possible. Everyone has their own reason to be there. And they complain. In abundance… about everything.
About 70% of my conversations with them is “Why are you here? What are your goals? How long have you been at it?” And of course pimping Forget Skinny because… I’m a closet narcissist or something. Again… off the rails let’s get back on the subject. Those conversations overwhelmingly point to motivations for working out. Some I find deeply sad and troubling, others just make me giggle. Let’s go over just a few of these conversations shall we?
Conversations with Classmates
There is a woman she’s probably mid to late 20’s (it is rude to ask a ladies age, I’m not crazy. Won’t do that.) She’s beautiful. Long dark hair, almond eyes the color of honey, her skin is so perfect, and her smile is bright and real. I like her. I think her perseverance even when something is hard is inspiring. And yet I find her motivation troubling. “My husband will love me again if I lose 100 pounds.”
I’m absolutely certain she believes this to be true, but I don’t. Personally, I think if your husband loves you then he will love you at 120 or 600 pounds. Her husband may be using her weight as an excuse to treat her poorly and because her self esteem isn’t where it should be, she feels like she doesn’t deserve better. I hope her motivations change. And I hope she chooses to achieve for herself.
There is a woman that I call “Buff Betty”. This isn’t her real name of course, it was a bad joke I made in class one day that if they ever made her a Barbie she would be called Buff Betty. This chick is a total bad ass!
I don’t know if she was born that way or she’s just trained to be that way. Her motivation is she’s bored with regular workouts, going to classes helps her stay motivated to work out. To me this is an awesome motivation. She knew what she needed to keep at it and went for it. Awesome Buff Betty! See you next Wednesday!
There is a duo of women who come in before work to work out. Every single time they complain about every single movement the trainer asks them to do. This frustrates me because it takes up time to get them to work when I just want to work out and go. I finally asked them “What is your motivation to take these classes?”
The response was that they like that the trainer tells them when they do well or have great form. They don’t get that from working out alone. Okay, I get that. I also like to know the correct form of an exercise. If you are doing it wrong you could get hurt. That’s a passable motivation to me.
The Red Hat Group
The last ones I’m going to talk about is the Red Hat group. In case you don’t know what the Red Hat Society is, it’s a social group for ladies over 50. These ladies are probably closer to 60 or 70 years old… and hilarious! Slightly vulgar. I adore them.
Classes don’t cover as much if they are there but… it’s okay they need time too. What is their motivation? Well that came from a spicy lady who told me, “It isn’t appropriate to have a cocktail at this hour.” I’ve spent leg and shoulder classes every Monday for a month laughing every time one of them said, “Last time a man told me to get on my knees, I made him give me a diamond.” And my favorite, “Come up with a new one honey, I’m an old bat.”
While they’re using it as a social gathering it’s getting them up, out and moving. Their togetherness motivates them. That’s amazing. I hope I have that when I’m their age. It’s not too far away really. I guess I better change my mind on peopling. Mmm.. maybe in another 20 or so years. I have time to work on that mindset.
What Motivates You?
I love hearing other people’s motivations… or lack of. There have been many one hit wonders in the classes since I started going regularly. There is one thing that I have noticed about all the people who came once or came a few times but stopped. The motivation was never because they wanted a change. It was always a doctor said or my boyfriend / husband, some outside force that was propelling them towards working out.
My Own Mindset
The first time I tried this I don’t think that my mindset was correct. It was I can not be fat at 40. I just can’t. Well I turned 40 , I was still obese. The world as I knew it did not end. My motivation, my mindset was not right.
Fast forward to 2017. My mind changed. My mind has changed to push towards healthier habits over all. I gave up smoking. I was successful in doing so. In fact, I’m still smoke free. That was something I told myself I couldn’t do. I’m too stressed, too addicted, or I’m insert whatever BS lie I told myself. I changed my mind and I did it.
It’s now 2018.. inching ever so fast to 2019 and I am 32 pounds lighter than I was in August. That’s not so shabby. I didn’t do it with a miracle or a prayer. I did it by changing my mind. Working hard, sticking to a healthier standard of eating and pushing forward when I want to quit. Which is often. I love carbs. I don’t quit because my mind is set on growth. My motivation is me. I am my cheerleader, my coach, my biggest fan. Now I am motivated. And I hope you are too.
Until next Tuesday,
Be your reason. Love yourself, love others and know you are awesome!
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