Saw this and choked on my tea: http://www.xojane.com/issues/gym-mansplaining
Not much I can say any better than Pia did (she really sets the scene for the rage well haha), but something similar completely happened to me a couple of months ago and actually caused me to stop stretching at the gym for a few weeks.
I was on my back using a towel to pull one of my feet for a hamstring stretch. I like to use a towel because it gets a lot of grip over a sock, and if you position it right in the arch of your foot, you can pull both sides of the towel help rotate your leg in and out of a turn-out from the hip (something I’m always working on!).
So I’m on my back, don’t-talk-to-me-earbuds firmly in place, crotch fully exposed to the world because yeah, I’m trying to pull my leg to my face, it happens, and I see this dude.
He does pretty much what Pia described: this obnoxious arm wave like he needs to tell me the building is on fire.
I drop the towel, sit up, and take an earbud out of my ear. “You should use a yoga strap for that,” he says.
Like Pia, I also had a waaaaaaah moment and checked his shirt thinking he must have been a trainer. Nope. Just an entitled white dude who felt the need to insert himself into my day.
I think I just kind of choked out a “no thank you” (because, why is this person invading my space to insert their opinion on my stretching technique?) and he shrugged and walked away.
But my fear of stretching in publicremains.
Someone tell me: WHY IS THIS A THING?
It’s bros like this that scare me out of doing anything on the pull up bar, even though I really want to.
Have you guys ever had an experience like this? How did you handle it?\
Are men just being helpful? Trying to flirt? What’s going on here, for real?