Hi Guys. This post won’t be of interest or relevance to many of you, so I apologise in advance but if you work in the fitness industry (or intend to) and you’re based in Victoria (or beyond if you’re really keen), I want to share some exciting news with you about an event taking place at Deakin University (Burwood) on September 21, involving myself, Ian O’Dwyer and Bobby Cappuccio. Ian is from QLD, Bobby from New York City and without doubt, they are two of the best fitness educators and presenters in the world. Twenty-four years ago, I established Australia’s first dedicated commercial Personal Training centre here in Melbourne and the PT industry has been in a constant state of growth, transformation and evolution ever since. If you’d like hear where my friends and I believe the industry is going, and more importantly, should be going over the next decade, come along on September 21 for some enlightenment, education, inspiration and no bullshit reality.
If you’d like to know more about the event, click on the link below for all the details, including program content, speaker bios, timetable, pricing and booking information.
If you know someone who might benefit from this workshop, I’d appreciate you sharing the link.
Here’s the scene…
I’m at the gym doing what I do and a few metres away from me a lady is trying unsuccessfully to put a handle on a Lat Pull machine. She struggles for about sixty seconds and stupidly (and apparently, sexistly), I offer to help. I know I can attach it in two seconds and make her day a little easier, so it seems like the right thing to do. Well, apparently not. Upon hearing my offer, she looks at me with disdain as though I’m some kind of alpha-male pig and without smiling says… “no”.
Not “no thankyou”, just… “no”.
‘Well this is pleasant’, I think to myself.
They were the only words we exchanged but I have no doubt that she found my offer to be either inappropriate, condescending or sexist. Or maybe, all three. Perhaps she was having a bad day but talk about making shit hard. Talk about creating a problem where none existed. Talk about finding a reason to get offended.
Now I know that some guys are pigs but from where I sit, sometimes the difference between being a thoughtful person and an inappropriate tool seems to be a matter of personal interpretation. Which can be a little terrifying when you’re a well-meaning polite bloke with no agenda. And you might wonder… would I have offered if it was a guy?