Meet the personal trainer who has just insulted every new mum in a few thoughtless breaths.
I love waking up and reading news that insinuates my friends and I are a bunch of lazy, fat women.
I also love telling smart-arse, fitness-obsessed male personal trainers they have absolutely NO IDEA what life with a newborn is like.
In an article in today’s The Daily Telegraph, personal trainer Allan Trinh claims that mothers are using babies as excuses to cover laziness.
“I think some mums are giving up a little bit too easily.”
Whoa buddy, let’s back up here.
“Giving up too easily.”
I’d be hard-pressed telling any woman who has just sacrificed her body to create another life for nine months and then birthed the child in either an epic labour or a major surgery is “giving up too easily” on anything.
And once the baby is here, life didn’t magically get any easier.
“I hear this excuse all the time — ‘I have had no sleep and I’m too tired for exercise’,” he said.
Excuse? That’s not an excuse. That’s LIFE.
If you stay awake for more than 17 hours (which for those non-parents reading, happens A LOT) your body and abilities are at the equivalent of having a blood alcohol level of 0.05.
Have you ever tried exercising while drunk Mr Trinh? HAVE YOU?
Let’s just say it’s not pretty and there is usually vomit involved. Not to dissimilar to general life with a newborn, actually.
Have you ever tried exercising after spending 6 hours of your night with your baby attached to your nipple and the other 6 hours with your baby screaming because they have wind?
No? No, you haven’t because you are male and you DON’T HAVE KIDS.
Mr Trinh’s comments have been labelled “a controversial marketing ploy". I label them “comments of a bully".
New mothers, who are already in a vulnerable place, are bombarded with expectations from society on breastfeeding, bottle feeding, sleeping through the night and a myriad of other parenting beliefs - why do we insist on adding “look like a freakin’ super model” to the list?