-Stand Up and Speak Your Mind!-
The beauty of blogging is that i’m able to share my thoughts with the world. I don’t share them in the hopes that they will “jive” with everyone. I think y’all know me better than that. I share my thoughts because I CAN. I share ’em because i’m not afraid to do so. You see, there used to be a time where I didn’t really speak up. All I can say is that I refuse to censor myself or make things “politically correct” for the sake of not ruffling a few feathers.
As i’ve said a few times this past week…I like to ruffle a few feathers.
The fact that i’m able to do so means that i’m doing something right! It means that i’m doing what i’m supposed to be doing…i’m just speaking my mind. I don’t want everyone to agree with me. I have never been a “mainstream-minded” individual. I don’t plan on changing.
The fitness industry is full of misinformation, crappy products, and people just out to make “easy money” (just as with any other industry). The fact that the fitness industry was built on peoples’ desire to improve their health makes all the less-than-honest “schtuff” that’s floating around out there more obvious, in my opinion. All these “magic bullets” and “quick fixes” that promise overnight weight loss, ripped muscles, and sweatless exercise are so blatantly obvious that it stumps me that the general public can be so blind. I may be one fitness professional, but i’m doing all I can to serve as a whistleblower when it seems so many just go along with the flow. Why don’t more people speak up? Oh, wait…backlash. Yep, it happens. I say that’s a pretty lousy excuse. If you feel something in your gut, SPEAK UP!
The fitness industry has ALWAYS been a subject that has gotten me on my soapbox…go figure, right? If I didn’t give a crap about it, I wouldn’t have opinions which I felt necessary to share with the world. If I was in this profession because of the wrong reasons (ie: not sure what I wanna do with my life, think I can make “easy money,” etc.), I wouldn’t still be here after 14 years. I wouldn’t still be here after periods of very low income. I wouldn’t still be here after periods of being depressed and unsure about my future.
The fact that i’m still here today and more fired-up than i’ve EVER been speaks volumes.
So, if you wanna listen, GREAT! If you don’t wanna listen, great as well! I’m sure i’ll be saying more things in the near future with which many won’t agree.
It is my responsibility to stand up for the intelligent exerciser. It is my job to provide information and insight through hands-on experience with various exercises, methods, etc.
It is also my responsibility to stand up for the fitness professional. It is my job to share my experience and lessons learned with other fitness professionals, acting as a sounding-board and ally to those who have just started out in the profession, as well as those who have been around a bit longer.
It is NOT my responsibility to agree with everyone. It is NOT my responsibility to put information on here that is bogus. It is NOT my responsibility to promote people, products, services, etc that I don’t believe in. I’ll leave all of those duties to the mainstream.