When it comes to fitness and getting in shape, there are basically two common approaches: hitting the gym or going running. If you tell someone you are getting in shape, there’s a 95% chance they will assume you are doing one of these things, and possibly both. It’s also likely gender-specific: people assume guys will lift weights whereas women likely won’t. I don’t know why this stereotype exists, but it does.
When people find out I’m a fitness professional, there is often a moment of confusion or uncertainity in their eyes. I’m lean, very lean, almost too lean. I look 160lbs soaking wet, which is very thin for someone over six feet tall. Shouldn’t a fitness professional by, well, jacked or ripped or shredded or whatever the current buzz words is?
Perhaps I am an endurance athlete, someone who runs marathons or triathalons, but that’s not it either. I’m a poor cyclists and an even worse swimmer. I do enjoy running, but I don’t actively train it. I don’t follow a schedule; I simply run whenever I feel like it, almost like a leisure activity. I’m thus a thin, non-endurance, non-strength fitness pro? That doesn’t seem to make sense.