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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 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.
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    I completely understand the exhausting thing about being the odd one out in the culture. Monday on my run, I had two people "mock running" in front of me when they saw me coming. I know I look strange as the fat girl trying to run obviously in an attempt to lose weight. I ignore all comments and motions that are not helpful and keep doing my thing. Sorry you didn't get useful help though.
    1740 days ago
    emoticon I agree that you should Embrace being the "Odd Duck" but I do understand that it can become wearing after awhile.
    emoticon Just be sure that You are meeting Your Own Goals as Safely as possible and keep looking for other odd Ducks to share your Journey.
    1761 days ago
    A conundrum indeed! If it works for you, then do it! You are, after all, " chubby in a land of skinny" so why not work what you've got? You aren't a cookie cutter. Just make sure you lift safe, and with proper form.
    1762 days ago
    Just wondering...They have the weight equipment available at the gym, but NO ONE uses it? Oh well. It's a conundrum, but I'm sure you'll figure it out. But whatever you do, just say no to the barbie weights. Heh.
    1762 days ago
    I don't think u r odd or out of place, everyone is different , emoticon on making the right choice to stay healthy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1762 days ago
    Well, not sure what good advice would be... But you're in Italy: you'll always be the odd duck, why not embrace it?

    (Did you read about my colleague pleading a diet based on refined carbs and having her doc prescribing - later the same day!! - her protein powder daily because she's lacking lean mass? Don't discuss the incoherence, just do your thing.)
    1762 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/23/2013 2:01:02 AM
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