to squat or not to squat?
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
At my new gym, there is a free consultation with the trainer for every one. They prepare workouts for us and write them on a schedule we're suppose to consult. Yesterday I asked a trainer for my free consult because I was interested to see what they would suggest for me. He brought out my schedule already filled out which I thought was strange because nobody bothered to ask me what my goals were. I looked at it and had to laugh because they gave me a program filled with barbie weights! LOL, those cute little pastel colored 2 and 5 pounders.
Thanks but......no thanks. I told him I squatted 135 pounds on Thursday and he said back squats were bad for me and I shouldn't be using such heavy weights because I could injure myself.
I didn't like hearing this of course. I WANT to lift heavy weights. I backed off the conversation at this point because I needed some time to reason it out in my head what might be his motive and how I should reply or whether or not I should just ignore his advice and carry on my way. I don't want to argue with him without considering that he's part of a different culture. Here in Italy you don't see big strong guys and gals lifting heavy weights at the gym. They are all skinny and lean. The trainers and gym regulars are all into marathon running or cycling. I have never seen anyone here lift the weights like I do. In fact, the other day as I was deadlifting someone asked me if I was a competitor (weight-lifting). At first I laughed because I thought he wasn't serious and was just flirting with me, but then I realized he wasn't. I am the only one attempting this kind of weight lifting here.
I've been here 5 years and still learn new things about the italian culture. This may be one of those cultural differences. I'm not sure how to proceed. Of course I'm an independent woman and can lift the weights anyway and follow my own plan, but I also don't want to be the odd duck.
I'm a strawberry-blond in a land of brunettes, a female in a male-dominated industry, chubby in a land of skinny, and now I have to be the oddity at the gym too? I don't know, it's exhausting just thinking about it.