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One thing that I have noticed is that a majority of the gyms today cater to the women. This obviously isn’t the issue, but this does affect the men and women that train in an extreme way.
I know that business is business. The goal of any business is to make a profit. But should a hard core trainer(who pays the same fee) have to suffer because every gym wants to keep a certain image. With that certain image draws more customers. And guess what, more customers equals more money which equals more exposure which also equals more money.
Let me give you an obvious example. That example is Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness blaintently markets itself off of discrimination. But in most people’s eyes, it’s not viewed as discrimination. My first experience at Planet Fitness was a culture shock to me. I took my wife to take a tour of Planet Fitness. As soon as I walked into the door of Planet Fitness, the discrimination and prejudice was so obvious. The first thing that I saw when I walked in was a picture. The picture was of a muscle bound cartoon character. This muscle bound cartoon character was wearing a due rag, tank top, shorts, boots and was carrying a gallon jug of water.
This was ironic to me. Why, you may ask. This was ironic to me because aside from the due rag this picture basically resembled any bodybuilder, power lifter or just anyone in general that goes hard in the gym. Oh yeah, the picture had an x across it. Which meant that we don’t want these type of people in this gym.
Should this be viewed as discrimination. Discrimination is defined as 1.the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. So by definition I would say yes.
But it’s not viewed as such. But with being told that my type isn’t welcomed to this one particular gym didn’t bother me that much. The thing that bothered me was the fact that gradually every other gym adopted this practice. Where as before if I may have grunted, smoke aggressively or sneezed, it was ok. Today it isn’t, because many women(not all) and weak men feel “intimidated”. This word intimidated has been thrown around so much that it really doesn’t have any meaning.
When I go to the gym now, I have to always watch what I’m doing . Since intensity really isn’t embraced in the gym anymore, this has affected my workouts and my progress as a bodybuilder. I also have the right to be comfortable in this environment. Right? Or does it not matter how the muscle bound gorilla’s feel in the gym? My money is green just like everyone else’s money.
Let me know your thoughts.