You know that thing where a man who knows less than a woman tries to explain said thing to the woman? That’s call mansplaining and it happens way more than it should. It’s frustrating in the workplace, on the train, wherever. It’s also frustrating to experience mansplaining at the gym.
After deciding yesterday to check out the local YMCA, I opted in for a tour. The trainer who took me on the tour showed me immediately to the cardio equipment and “yoga area” (guys, it was a stretching area with mats), then very quickly said, “and we have weights here, including the cables and stuff.”
And then, the mansplaining
As he turned away to lead me to the next area, I looked around, searching hopefully for the equipment I would need. Finally, I spied it.
“Oh, I’m so glad you have a squat rack!” I told him.
“Oh yeah, we also have a smith machine in case that’s more familiar to you…”
His further mansplaining, of how to do a squat on a smith machine, was only deterred by my combination glare and eye roll. Of course I couldn’t possibly know how to do a squat in a squat rack. Of course the smith machine must be a better option for any woman.
Am I being sensitive? Maybe, but that’s because stuff like this is sadly not uncommon.
I got a membership, mostly because of the pool and it’s like $60 less than my last membership, but on the way out I couldn’t help but notice they’re hiring personal trainers and front desk associates. Now while I don’t anticipate applying for either of these positions, it was tempting to say the least.
Word of advice, friends. No matter what profession you’re in, always give people the benefit of the doubt. Don’t dumb things down, especially basic things. Whether it’s your writing, fitness, money, whatever, you can always go back and explain it in a different way if someone doesn’t understand, but everyone deserves to be treated like they have a basic understanding of things. Chances are, they do.
Don’t be the person who is guilty of mansplaining at the gym, or anywhere if you can avoid it. And let me tell you, you can avoid it.