The Rule of 300
The number 300 is an interesting number. It means a perfect game in bowling. It is the number that separates good hitters from great hitters in baseball. It was a number that had significance for people who lifted weights. A person who was able to bench press, squat or deadlift 300 pounds was in an elite group.
That same number also seems to be a benchmark for weight gain or cholesterol. Weighing 200 pounds is not a very big deal to most people. It’s easy enough for the weight to slowly creep on, pound by pound, but when a person steps on the scale and the number hits 300 it seems to be a gut check for most people. Round numbers tend to do that to us, whether it’s our age, our weight, or our cholesterol. A person with a cholesterol level of 300 has a 5 times greater risk of heart attack.
In the 80s and 90s I did my best to serve people who hoped to lift 300 pounds – and everyone else who wanted to come along. Today I am doing my best to serve people who want to avoid weighing 300 pounds – and everyone else who want to come along.
Interestingly enough, some of those who hoped to lift 300 pounds in the 80s and 90s are now focused on trying to avoid weighing 300 pounds. That only makes sense as two-thirds of America is overweight and one-third is obese. Most of America has a weight problem.
While we will gladly serve people who weigh much less than 300 as well as those who weigh much more than 300,we are particularly fond of serving people who tell us that they were overweight, obese, pre-diabetic or Type II Diabetic but are now living healthy lives after losing weight. Diabetes from lifestyle choices is at epidemic levels in the US and diabetes takes years off of a person’s life.
The point everyone involved with Blue Moon Fitness needs to understand and must respect is that we are striving to create facilities where people who want to exercise to regain their health know they are welcome. Walking into a new gym can be terrifying for anyone. Walking into a gym for the first time, especially for an overweight or obese person, is one of the most courageous things a person can do. We get that, we respect that, and we will do our best to honor those people.
If this sounds like something you can support then you are welcome to be a part of Blue Moon Fitness. If this makes you uncomfortable, if you think gyms are only for athletes, or if you think you have more of a right to the gym than others, then Blue Moon Fitness is not the place for you. We’re not going to say our way is right and your way is wrong, but we will acknowledge that we are definitely not a good fit. We will not apologize for our position nor will we compromise, so we respectfully ask that you find a gym that better suits you. If you tell us what you want in a gym we can probably make a recommendation.
Blue Moon Fitness works. It has a nice sound to it and it feels right. We want the gym to feel right, too. We’re going to do our best to be comfortable enough and cheap enough that even those who exercise “once in a blue moon” can fit in at Blue Moon Fitness.