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The Social Down Side of Fitness

It’s okay buddy. You don’t need them when you have a 300 pound bench press

It may be hard to imagine, but not everyone likes a fitness geek.

I’ve actually had people turn away from me because of my profession and interest. Not that I can blame them.

I have met some fitness geeks who, while in great shape, were kind of “uncool” for lack of a better term.

There was the gal who had nothing to talk about except her workout because she spent her time doing little else.

There was the time when we all went out for ice cream and that one guy sucked on his protein shake while lecturing us on the evils of dairy and sugary foods.

I’ve had people say they dreaded inviting me to barbecues fearing I would look down on them for their food choices while I ate kale and tofu.

I was even once dumped by a gal whom I had only known for 24 hours. She said she couldn’t see herself with someone who spent all of their time in a gym. (As if she only knew…)

While having a kick ass body might make a great first impression on the beach, the obsessive lifestyle can be a real turn off. This especially goes for when it comes to relating to folks who just don’t give a damn about amino acid profiles or proper push up technique.

To be honest, I wouldn’t want to be around folks who are all about fitness 24/7. There is so much more to life than measuring portion sizes and workout routines.

How about catching the Bills game?

Wanna get a beer?

Let’s plan a trip to Italy!

There is so much more to life than fitness. It would be a shame if staying in shape became our life, especially when there is so much more out there to experience!

Some experiences and relationships are not worth sacrificing in the name of single digit body fat and six pack abs.

Thankfully, the principals of F.I. allow us to be in great shape and still have a life outside of diets and exercise.

That’s the best part of Fitness Independence. People meet me and tell me how unusual I am. They’re like “dude you’re in great shape, and yet you’re normal. You eat pizza, stay out at night, and have interests outside the gym.”

It’s almost as if they can relax around me once they figure out I do everything a normal person does. 

Of course I would debate how normal I really am. It’s not like normal people workout at playgrounds or don’t give a damn about their metabolism. But then that’s why I seem so normal.  Mr. Hyde is within, building the body I want while Dr. Jekyll gets to be the socialite.

Of course if someone wishes to dedicate their life to athletics or fitness then I say go for it.  Nothing wrong with doing what you love.

It’s just that just because we say this fitness thing is a lifestyle, that  doesn’t mean it has to become your life.

 

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  1. Laurie Mackeson

    Matt – What are some practical strategies (possibly even some personal strategies of your own) to help limit the negative response/reaction people might have to your health choices/changes? Obviously I could choose to disconnect with individuals BUT I always err on the side of including people in my life.

    Any suggestions much appreciated – Laurie

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