Dodgeball - White Goodman (Ben Stiller) lifting
Busted: stereotypes of people who workout. Photo: Dodgeball – White Goodman (Ben Stiller)

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you type “stereotype” in your favourite search engine, it comes up with: “A widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.” We all use them and sometimes we are stereotyped too. People who workout are no exception.

Let’s waste no more time and bust some of the most popular stereotypes of people who work out:

EVERYONE WHO WORKS OUT USES STEROIDS

This is probably one of the biggest misconceptions associated with those who look after their bodies. I guess it’s based on the assumption that everyone who works out and has the body to prove it, is a bodybuilder.

That’s not true and even if it were, bodybuilders don’t have huge muscles because they all use steroids! They have the huge muscles because they lift heavy weights and consume a lot of calories for a living. That’s what makes them big.

Yes, many people who work out opt to have their nutrients in the form of protein shakes. They are the same (or similar) to many of the shakes you can get in your local supermarket. People go for them because they are the easy and convenient option for providing the body with the protein, energy and nutrients it needs. These protein shakes are about as far away from steroids as the Moon is from here.

EVERYONE WHO WORKS OUT IS A VAIN POSEUR

Some people work out and look after their bodies, others – play the piano or are into photography, for example. Even though they are all very different activities and attract very different audiences, all three of them are hobbies. People do them because they have an interest in the subject and/or because they find some kind of satisfaction in the process.

People who work out are no more poseurs than those who demonstrate their piano playing skills or exhibit their photographs in the local church hall. They are all proud of what they do and like to share/demonstrate their achievements.

EVERYONE WHO WORKS OUT SPENDS ALL OF THEIR TIME IN THE GYM

A statement like that is as true as claiming that all students do nothing else but get drunk and party until the early hours of the morning.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. Anyone who knows anything about exercising will tell you that, apart from anything else, that’s not humanly possible. Most of those who workout, get their session done in an hour. Anything much longer than that is deemed to be counter productive.

The actual muscle growth happens when the person is resting. People probably spend more time preparing their meals and sleeping, than lifting weights at the gym.

PEOPLE WHO WORKOUT ARE NOT SO BRIGHT

You can’t have chiseled six pack abs if you don’t know what you are doing. Sculpting and maintaining an aesthetic body involves a lot of knowledge about the human anatomy, nutrition and physiology.

The fitness models, personal trainers and other fitness professionals I know are very well educated professionals with a vast knowledge of the human body, nutrition and exercising. They have careers both within and outside the fitness industry and include architects, doctors, writers and many other professions. IQ has nothing to do with wanting and working for your chosen level of fitness. It does have to do with motivation, ambition and personal goals.

Stereotyping is widely used human trait. It’s a mistaken sort of short hand for putting people into groups, simply because they share some common attributes. Even though in its essence, stereotyping is based on some kind of a credible fact, it’s wrong to make assumptions and apply it to everyone and everything without thought.

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  1. Great article Mark. Agree with your comments regarding the misconceptions surrounding steroids. Every time I whip out my protein shaker in public I get dirty looks as if I’m shamelessly doing steroids in public, haha!

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