Body Wraps, Toxin Removal and More: What I Learned at the Gym Today
Posted Dec 07 2012 8:53pm
I'd much rather be hiking...
It's hard enough starting at
a new gym. Generally, I dislike going to gyms, preferring instead to enjoy a
long bike ride, a hike or a cross-country ski or snow shoe when weather permits.
But living in New England, there are times, like now, when conditions are
simply not favorable for either of those activities.
So off to the gym I went,
attending my first spin class of the season, at a new gym with a new
instructor. And I could barely get through it. No, I am not that out of spin shape—although those
cycling muscles certainly needed a workout. Rather, I was feeling my blood
pressure rise as I sat through the marketing pitch and endless misinformation
by this supposed promoter of health—the spin instructor.
I'm still headachy from it, so in
truth, I am blogging to air my annoyance and frustration.
You know me be now—I am not shy
to share my opinions, particularly those I feel strongly about. But this was a
challenging setting. Jane, I'll call her—no, Barbie better suits her—stood
before the class of about 35 cyclists confidently spewing her crap.
Misinformation spilled from her mouth with no objection from the group, until
I, a newcomer there, just had to speak up. But it was hardly the forum to
debate in, and my rebuttals could be endless if I countered every outrageously
false claim about weight loss.
No, neither body wraps nor green powders will remove body fat. Sorry!
She endorsed a powder she was
selling with her personal testimonial about how she believed it really helped
her, as it releases the toxins from the
body, those horrible things which fester and cause disease. (Toxins, by the way, are released from our bodies every day, with no need for a product to make it happen.) And it gave her
natural energy and promotes weight
loss. (For the record, calories are the form of energy we get from foods; a product with no calories has no energy, although you may get a short-term boost from stimulants such as caffeine.) Then I heard her endorsement of the body wraps for sale, which
essentially shrink your body a size or so
overnight! All without dehydrating you! And finally I learned that you
should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day. 300 lbs? That's
150 ounces each day of water, about 5 liters or quarts per day.
because while for me it was
simply an irritation (and a big one at that), I know how others will be lured
by this misinformation, sold products with false claims, sucked into unhealthy
thinking and potentially dangerous supplements; more misinformation makes sensible
thoughts a challenge;
because she was speaking to a
group of completely normal weight
individuals, none of whom could afford to lose weight;
because no one should be sucking
down water or non-caloric beverages instead of eating when they need fuel,
simply to mask their hunger;
because she's setting people up
for failure and unrealistic goals, luring them for her personal financial gain,
to buy a product, in the case of the wrap, that at best may contribute to a
decrease in hydration for a temporary appearance or short-lived sensation of
because if we each spoke up
every time we heard something we know to be false or inaccurate, then maybe we
could make a difference!
Yet another gym promotion. Uggh!
There, I feel so much better now.
I think I'll go have dinner, now that I can more calmly and peacefully enjoy