I picked up a nail in my tire today so my husband took my truck to get the tire fixed. He had about a half hour wait in what can be described as a man’s ‘paradise’. You know, one of those places with tools, car accessories, sporting goods, etc. One of those places that has a lot more than just tires.
While he was waiting he asked me on Twitter if I wanted some incredible super special saw. Naturally I told him that I didn’t need one so he asked if I wanted some air tools and a thing to make them work. Again, no. He stopped asking after I said,
Now I get that power tools make work easier, more efficient and faster. I thought about what it must have been like to build a house, create furniture or work on cars fifty years ago when no one used or had power tools. People worked their muscles in ways that they just don’t anymore. Easier, more efficient and faster.
That’s kind of like what fitness has become. Easier, more efficient and faster. And just like the laborers of today compared to those of yesteryear, people don’t work their muscles like they used to anymore.
Walk into a fitness club now and you are likely to see equipment that assists it’s users make their exercise routines easier, more efficient and faster. But at what cost. You sit in a machine and move specific parts of your body. No requirement for your stabilizing muscles to work. You get on a treadmill that has a motor to assist you to walk or run. I remember as a kid we ran outside and propelled ourselves across the ground. Now the ground propels past us under our feet. You can sit yourself on a table with pulleys, bearings, cables and rollers to glide through natural movement. All of it…easier, more efficient and faster. And what do we have to show for it? A society of over weight, out of shape hamsters on wheels.
How can we ask our children to get outside and play and turn off the Wii or XBox while we go to an air conditioned building, slip on our designer work out gear, and go for a power assisted walk while listening to an MP3 player, watching the TV drinking our sugar laden energy drink.
I have seen people spend thousands of dollars in clubs and gyms and at the end of a year not have changed their bodies at all, losing only money, but no weight and in some cases losing a little self esteem as well, feeling like they failed.
Chances are you didn’t know what you needed so you enrolled in the facilities personal training program and the staff at your club were no help. For the most part, many club staff are nothing more than people who can count to ten and flirt with the other customers and staff.
You don’t need easier, more efficient and faster. You need results. You don’t need fancy equipment, you need knowledge to achieve results. You don’t need a twenty teen year olds counting to ten, you need someone who cares about you to educate you providing knowledge so you can achieve results.
What do you think. Have you ever had a bad experience with a club or never achieve the results you expected or paid for. Let me know. I’d love to hear your story.