There's a trainer at my gym who just isn't very, um, fit. He's got a bit of a belly and walks with his chest puffed out like a rooster with his arms hanging stiffly by his sides. You know the kind of guy—too much bulk, not enough muscle. Under three layers of fat, he's got a body builder's physique. And I kid you not, I have seen him bring Dunkin' Doughnuts into the gym. For reals.
Call me crazy, but if I was paying someone $100 an hour to teach me how to lift my ass three inches and get Michelle Obama arms, I'd want them to at least look the part. It's just not very motivating when the person who is supposed to be a fitness "expert" has a fatter ass than you do. Am I wrong?
In high school, I had an aerobics teacher who looked a lot like the woman above, only she had a short, spiky hair style and wore leotards that looked like she had dental floss up her ass. While she was super-nice and had an outgoing personality, I have to say that I had a hard time getting pumped up about working up a sweat when I was in her class. Obviously, it's great that overweight people are exercising. And it's even more impressive that some have the confidence to get in front of a room of people and teach a class, even if their wobbly bits are jiggly all about. But, in order for me to be inspired, I need someone to set an example of what I could look like if I worked hard enough.
I seriously hope I'm not coming across as a mega-bitch right now, but you must at least see my point of view. I mean, it's kind of like when the girl at the M.A.C. counter has silver eyeshadow up to her brow line—do you really want to buy makeup from someone like that?
What do you think: Do you agree that fitness instructors should look the part? Or am I being too harsh?