Yes, you read that right. Insults at the gym. I was at the gym on Saturday – working my butt off as always. Out of nowhere I heard two 20-something year old guys making fun of me (loudly!). “Really?!” I thought.
So I went up to them and gave them a piece of my mind. This is, in a nutshell, what I said:
“Lets get this straight. Yes, I’m overweight, but as you can see I’m working my hardest to shift the weight. I can almost guarantee that my diet is better than yours, and I’m probably stronger than you too. I have struggled my whole life with my weight. It’s people like you that made me scared to come to the gym in the first place. Now people like you just make me angry. Angry because you may stop someone coming to the gym. The gym is where I come to get healthy. I’m working out and I’m sweating. I feel really good about myself when I’m here. What exactly gives you to the right to make fun of anyone, let alone someone that you can see is actively trying to be the best version of themselves?”
Needless to say they were lost for words!
I complained about them, and their membership has been suspended for a month. I would have preferred their membership to be revoked. However, I hope that they will think twice next time. I don’t have any respect for either of them right now, but I like to think that people can change. Maybe what I said will have a positive influence.
If you are scared to go to the gym please do not let this article fuel your fear! I love going to the gym. Most people at the gym are great (like this guy) and so supportive. I have made so many friends there and find support from strangers all the time. It is generally a great environment to be in. Additionally, my gym took my concerns about these 2 members seriously. That means more to me than words can express.