Cheaters Make Our Fit Bottoms Twitch

fitnesscheatingWarning! Personal rant coming in 5, 4, 3, 2… Man, I can’t stand cheaters! I know I should just mind my own beeswax, but I take personal offense to those who falsely excel or brag because of their cheater-peter ways. As a kid, I’d roll my eyes at the cheaters who would take credit for their fake little As, but the eye rolls quadruple when it comes to cheating in the world of fitness.

This year I participated in a running contest at my gym. Basically, we created four-person teams to compete against each other. Whichever team made it to 284 miles first won. One group of non-runners was putting down six to seven miles each day. (Miles that the gym managers weren’t too sure they were actually clocking.) It was frustrating to say the least, but got even worse when they won. The prize for winning was piddly. (Last year I got a water bottle.) So when push comes to run, these women cheated themselves. I am still trying to figure how someone can brag about winning without putting in the necessary sweat. After all, it’s that sweat we take the most pride in.

When it comes to fitness, the hard work is the payoff. Coincidentally, I recently heard an NPR broadcast concerning the popular topic of doping. I applaud people like Katherine Hamilton who would rather pack on the muscles and build strength the good, old-fashioned way—drug-free hard work.

At the end of the day, it’s the honest blokes and blokettes out there whose consciences are at peace…and whose fit bottoms (and backs!) are acne-free and legitimately fit.

Have you witnessed cheating shenanigans before? —Tish


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  1. Sarah says:

    Are you sure they were cheating? That is a lot of miles, but I just completed the C25K program and began the B210K program, so while I was considered a nonrunner a couple of months ago, I now run 3-4 miles at a time. Is it possible they were just putting in the effort?

    More than likely not, but I think it *may* be possible. I really hate the idea of people lying. Especially an entire group of people. Which would mean they’d have to conspire about it. Which is pretty sickening.

  2. Alyssa says:

    While I understand the pressure often put on professional athletes to perform at higher and higher standards, I CANNOT understand why they would willingly inject cancer-causing agents into their bodies. (Then again, I lived in Hollywood during the crazy-skinny phase, and watched most of my friends disappear before my eyes as they starved themselves to “acceptable” proportions.)
    But I REALLY don’t understand doing what these women you write about do! Are they just THAT insecure? They need SOMETHING to hold over everyone else’s heads? The REALLY sad part is that all those people they are lording it over know that they cheated, so it has the exact opposite effect of what they’re trying to accomplish.
    It’s just sad.

  3. Ellen says:

    I have run some road races where runners were asked to do multiple loops on the honor system, but I didn’t see any foul play. That said this weekend my sister was telling me about a woman she knew who CHEATED on her swim laps during a triathlon. A GROWN WOMAN. I was horrified. If you’re going to do all that training, it’s pretty deplorable that you would cheapen it by cheating. (My sister had an agenda because this woman finished 3rd, just ahead of her… but still.)

  4. Charice says:

    Well, I don’t know if these women cheated or not, but I agree that if we are to teach our kids that cheating and lying isn’t acceptable then we should probably (add sarcastic eye rolling here) be living the example. I too, can’t stand to be lied to and it is the quickest way to send my blood boiling enough to want to hurt someone…I digress. I just think that life is hard enough without throwing in there cheating someone out of something that they work hard for. Just saying is all!