A ‘gymfluencer’ named Joey Swoll follows one main philosophy: the gym should be a warm, welcoming and safe space for everyone to enjoy. That’s why he often posts videos online to his various social media accounts talking about how other people behave in the gym and how they are part of the problem. torments the minds of those who want to exercise but are afraid.
Joey Swoll points out men mocking an elderly person exercising at the gym.
In a short clip uploaded to Instagram reels, a man with the handle @money_ovafame posted a video recorded by his friend in which he mocks an older man who is only interested in going about his business in front of a barbell rack and performing a goblet squat. He has since deleted the video, but not before everyone’s favorite gym hero Joey Swoll heard about it and talked about it in a TikTok.
In the original video, the man who posted it complained about an older man standing right in front of him doing squats and included several laughing emojis mocking the way he was doing the exercise. training.
So in your caption you said you were sad because that man was standing right in front of you, Joey Swoll commented. Are we watching the same video? Because no, he’s not. He’s actually on your left and actually standing between you and that guy using the couch to your left.
According to the video, it appears the man recording was trying to videotape an older man exercising. The man whose account the video was posted to was working out a few feet to his right, completely undisturbed.
Even if an older man has come up to the man exercising, that’s no reason to pull out your phone and record a video of someone exercising at the gym. without their consent, a controversy that Joey Swoll also frequently addresses in his videos. It was rude but he understood personal boundaries and didn’t bother anyone.
And yes, he’s in front of the weight rack. Why? Joey Swoll continued. Because 115 pounds is hard for anyone to carry around the gym, let alone a man his age. And he needs it to gain weight again after a round.
If you’ve ever lifted weights and understand their weight, 115 pounds is no joke for a man his age, or anyone for that matter. So why tease him? Gyms should be safe places for people to exercise and this is part of the reason people don’t go.
No one is born going to the gym. Gym anxiety shouldn’t stop anyone from participating.
Some people are afraid that they won’t know what they’re doing or might do something wrong, and some people are afraid of how people around them will perceive them, which is called exercise anxiety. Gym anxiety actually makes many people not want to step foot in the gym, and videos like this are part of the problem. This older man was minding his own business, just exercising and being ridiculed for it.
According to a MyProtein survey conducted in 2022, about 90% of people worry about how others perceive them at the gym. When 90% of those people watch videos like the one @money_ovafame posted, their fears are confirmed.
Despite those numbers, 3 in 4 respondents admitted that they rarely or never judge others at the gym. Most people just mind their own business and like to mind their business. In fact, I would argue that because of the very real fear that most people seem to have, people try to make the gym a safe and welcoming place. They will force themselves to stop judging others because it is a reflection of who they are.
How impressive is it that a man his age not only hits the gym but also does 115-pound squats? Joey Swoll said. That was amazing. It’s too bad that you can’t be impressed by that and show support for him but instead want to record a video and post it on social media to mock him to get likes and attention.
Everyone who is training themselves in the gym needs support and encouragement to continue working out. No one should be ridiculed for prioritizing their health. Everyone should feel welcome to practice and improve themselves.
Isaac Serna-Diez is an Assistant Editor for YourTango who focuses on entertainment and news, social justice and politics.
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