Don't be this guy!

Don’t be this guy!

snob

/snäb/
Noun
  1. A person with an exaggerated respect for high social position who dislikes people or activities regarded as lower-class.
  2. A person who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people: “a wine snob”.

We’ve all run across snobs in our time. And let’s be honest here, we’ve probably been guilty of snobbery on more than a few occasions.   I’ll admit it- I’ve been not only the victim of fitness snobbery, I’ve also been the perp.  Whether you’re the CrossFitter who secretly mocks those on the cardio equipment at the gym or you’re the power walker who believes anyone who does CrossFit is begging for a serious injury, let’s face it.  You, my friend, have been a Fitness Snob.

If you’ve told your friend who’s diligently following the Atkins diet that she’s nuts, you have been a Fitness Snob.  If you go on and on about the virtues of veganism or gluten-free or Paleo or whatever type of diet you’re following (and by extension that any other way of eating is inhumane/unhealthy/unsafe etc.), you have been a Fitness Snob.

There is no one set, perfect path to well-being.  And that’s a beautiful thing because we are all unique individuals.   In maintaining my weight for the past 8 years, my diet & exercise practices haven’t even been following one set path.  My methods have changed and evolved.  Things that I may have once before mocked, criticized or questioned, I’ve opened my mind to try.  And that is a good thing.  Some things haven’t worked for me. Some things did.

What’s the harm in fitness snobbery, you ask?  You may be robbing yourself of a new workout routine that could ultimately help you bust through a plateau or achieve a goal you’ve been striving hard to achieve.  But, perhaps more importantly, you may very likely find yourself alienating the very same people you’re trying to help.  This is especially true for fitness professionals.  Your followers and friends will tune you out when you slam certain choices they’ve made.  I know I’ve done it- even with those I most respected and trusted prior to the slam.

Think twice before you turn that nose up at someone else’s routine.  Having said that, if someone has made a choice that is undoubtedly unhealthy (i.e. a starvation diet), speak up!  Otherwise, hearken back to that age old adage “don’t knock it til you try it.”   Keep that nose down and open your mind.  You may be pleasantly surprised at the results.

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