By Ev Dalecki
I was in kindy when I was first told by a peer..
"You are up yourself"
I had to ask a few questions to figure out what that meant.
What I came away with was..
-you are meant to hate lots of things about your self-
If there are things you like about yourself, especially the way you look, it's best not to talk about it. If you do, people won't like you.
That is a pretty messed up message to receive really early on.
This is one of the many things that really drew me to gymnastics. I found comfort in the gym environment because there wasn't much talking there.
We just did work and were taught to be proud of effort.
-having to put yourself down to remain “humble” has survived through the generations and we see it come through in the self talk of lots of adults we teach.
They are very comfortable naming and pointing out all the ways that they “suck” and struggle to confidently point out things they do well or like about themselves.
We work with adults to help them change and reframe their attitude towards themselves.
You absolutely can be impressive and proud of your skills, progress, body and effort in our gym! We will celebrate your wins and brag about your progress for you until you learn how to do it for yourself.
If this type of thing has affected the adult population who didn’t really grow up with social media..
Imagine these issues x 1000 for the teens of the current generation Z.
These days, the environment in many gyms is very difficult for young girls, boys and teens. Only amplified by social media.
Pressure for the boys to quickly develop and gain muscle mass 💪
Pressure for the girls to manage their waistlines and start doing glute workouts to keep up with latest "body trends" 👙
And.. being told hate parts themselves and work hard to conform to unattainable norms.
But.. not with us.
If your teen needs an environment where they can be themselves, be proud of their effort, learn skills and talk to them selves nicely..
This is the place! Teen girls, Thursday afternoons and teen guys coming soon!
Click the image below to speak to us about our teens program.