Let’s just take a minute out of our day to commend these fricking legends. Yes, I said legends.
I have a heck of a lot more respect for those overweight or obese people struggling away, drowning in a pool of their own sweat, their giant rolls visibly rubbing away at and chafing each other, than those skinny bitches posing for selfies in the mirror with full make up and witch nails. Than that muscled man doing the same with his mates. All of them sniggering like a pack of hyenas.
Now nothing wrong with those fit girls/guys posing and enjoying their success in and of itself. Providing they’re not then looking down their matte noses at the people struggling like walruses in the corner. Actually doing something about it at a far greater cost. Now those people offering advice, encouragement and positivity are conversely also legends and I have been lucky enough to know quite a few.
Think before you judge. You see a fairly fit individual. They’ve been a similar body type most their life and they themselves would call it normal as opposed to extraordinary.
Now say you see a person running with a weighted vest, weights all over their body and an altitude mask. You’d be thinking wow that person is hard core, they are pushing themselves to the limit of human ability. They’re mad and amazing. This is exactly what an overweight individual is experiencing every single time they work out. Quite a few don’t even start. Why? Because they fear the ridicule. They fear the eyes staring at them. They fear the laughter.
It takes someone brave and determined to step into that gym or dojo.
So next time you see a fat person in the gym. Show them respect. Flash them a smile. Offer advice if they look like they’re struggling and seem open to it. And for those of you obese or overweight and scared to step into the gym or take on a new sport/ dance/ martial art, don’t be. You deserve to be there and I respect you.
When we fight, when we train for fighting, the martial code dictates respect for all. What it teaches is you, is that looks cannot be trusted. You can’t see the person’s mind. This will be covered separately.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this topic! 🙂