I've been playing around looking and found this fun slide show about the "business" of women's fitness, that I wanted to share.
Why do I like this presentation?
First of all, I see my history in some of the trends the presentation discussed.
I am fascinated with its sociological perspective. The slides touch on the differences in what motivates a woman to exercise compared to a man. These are not surprising revelations. I hadn't really thought too much about that before.
When I think about it, it clarifies that women will want and benefit from a different approach to exercise. Years ago when I decided I needed a fitness center approach to fitness I joined a "Ladies Only" gym. It was the perfect way for me to acclimate myself to going to a gym. --I was not in shape, I was trying to lose post baby weight and I needed to improve my endurance. I was incredibly shy to put on my "gym" shorts and workout top to go out and sweat in public.
This may sound strange but...
I was not an athletic child. I was the girl that tried to find ways to get allowed to skip PE class. I HATED PE class! PE class was a forum to showcase all things that made me uncomfortable. Like changing clothes in a very public space. I always felt exposed and inadequate.
The actual "class" was no better. We had to go out into the gym or field and compete with co-ed teams. No matter what the sport was, it was something I was hopelessly bad at. When others on your team are good at the particular sport AND they are reasonably competitive, being the weakest link is no fun.
Back to my point;
So willingly going to a gym took a lot of my mental willpower. I gave myself credit for putting on my gym shoes and walking through the door. Once inside, I was less intimidated and learned how to work the circuit machines, which gave me confidence.
That is triggers memories of my mom. She watched Jack Lalanne and exercised along with him. He made exercise accessible to everyone. You didn't have to join a gym. You didn't even have to buy weights. Instead he would suggest using soup cans as weights.
I've been kicking my "work out" habit in gear.
Which makes me think about my own personal evolution towards fitness.
Take a look at the slide show and let me know what you think.