Gyms are grey. The treadmills are grey, the weights machines are grey, even the kettlebells are grey. The treadmills are not pink.
They could be. They are not even blue for the boys.
The lines of grey gym machines, like the lines of traffic you sat in to get there, and the rows of desks you left work to get away from.
Straight lines and neutral colours. A ‘leave-your-personality-at-the-door’ clinical, branded uniformity.
The instructor who took your induction had just pulled a few ‘usuals’ out of his exercise library to write on your record card.
Your ‘personalised’ gym routine may be overcomplicated and include whatever equipment was unoccupied on that day.
The instructor will have forgotten your name by the time they finished their lunch and you will remain a nameless
face among a few thousand other members of the gym.
And the mirrors. Who are the mirrors even for? The girl in the changing rooms who said she was wearing a bra top to
workout so that looking at her stomach would make her work harder?
Are they for those guys who keep checking to see if they have sprouted their first chest hair yet?
The endless mirrors that could be useful to check your technique when using the free weights, but no one ever tells you that.
And the adverts for the latest energy drink (actually full of sugar) and that cereal that turns you into the
perfect woman (also high in sugar).
Or the pink protein drink marketed at you from massive posters to be particularly patronising and ensure
you do not ‘undo all your hard work’.
Even if you are confident enough to use the free weights by yourself, the barbell collar clips
(the things that hold the weights in place on the bar)
……are hung too high to reach that you have to ask a guy to get them down, right?
The big weights are meant for the big men, right?
(Just wait for the day when you can go in there and squat with heavier weights than those guys.)
And wait, did that guy just try to make eye contact with you?
Did he just get on the treadmill right next to you, in a row of empty treadmills? Urrgh! You get the idea.
Fitter Body Bootcamp is different. So different.
We know each and every one of our ladies by name. Our trainers know what your goals are and why you are here.
It is our personal wish to see you achieve your potential.
Our ladies tell us where they are going on holiday, how their kids are doing at school, and if they slipped off the wagon this week!
This allows us to really engage with our members and support them on their fitness journey.
We know when it is time to push you up a level and when you need encouragement through your least-favourite exercise
This has created an environment at Fitter Body Bootcamp that is non-judgemental, light-hearted
…proactive, confidence-building and empowering for our members.