I was having a very candid conversation with my close friend about black women and fitness; who just so happens to date a personal trainer. Imagine my disgust/reaction when out of nowhere she says, “Well I heard that personal trainers don’t like black girls as clients and they run away from them”. I have to admit I was in total shock until I really sat back and thought about the topic.
Then last night, I received a text message from a close friend of mines, who happens to be a black male personal trainer. With this statement on my mind, I asked him if this statement was true. My worst fears were confirmed when he said, “Ash, I love black women but I hate them as clients”.
From what I hear, there are several reasons why personal trainers hate working with black women. For starters, they claim that we have no sense of “time”. In other words, we do not value our appointments and we will cancel an appointment at the drop of the dime and think nothing of it. Next, it appears that most black women are misinformed about health and we simply do not value it the way that our white counterparts do. Therefore, we go to the gym and barely sweat but think this entitles us to go home and eat a large plate of Mac N Cheese, with smothered chicken, thus negating the 5 calories we burned at the gym today. Then basically when after weeks and weeks of exercise and no results, instead of owning up to the fact that we are not doing things incorrectly, we throw our hands up and say, “well maybe I’m supposed to be thick forever”.
It comes down to our lack of intensity/desire to actually get in shape. It seems that most of us are concerned with “our hair” or “how cute we look” in the gym, instead of actually “sacrificing” to get in shape. To get in shape requires sweat and tears but most of us refuse to accept this simple equation. It is disheartening because many black profession health coaches and trainers simply have given up marketing their services to black women because of this very fact. Majority of black women are in fact overweight! Yet we hide it behind excuses of “thickness” and “genetics”.
While, I cannot say if all of what I’ve said above is in fact true; because certainly two trainers can’t speak for the whole world. I can say that I do believe that there is some truth to every “stereotype”. Therefore, I’m making the declaration that if I ever hire a personal trainer, (which I am considering) I refuse to play into this “stereotype”. I am making the commitment to come to the gym “ready to work”; my personal trainer is going to love me
Just A Thought…….