If you don’t want Carrie Underwood to publicly shame you, don’t mess with her, or her friends!
On Saturday, Underwood’s personal trainer, Erin Oprea, attended her son’s soccer game. While there, Oprea took the opportunity to get in a workout, and started jump-roping on the sidewalk next to the soccer field. An unidentified man later snapped a photo of Oprea during her workout and posted it on social media with several snarky comments.
“Would it be wrong of me to tell her that every dad at the soccer filed thinks her standing out front with her jump rope for two hours only screams she wants attention,” the man captioned the photo of Erin. “And I can only imagine what the soccer moms are thinking.”
— People Magazine (@people) March 2, 2016
Through the power of social media, both Underwood and Oprea saw the photo, and took aim at the man who felt the need to criticize a mother for excising. Carrie posted a screenshot on her Instagram page of the original photo the man posted on Facebook.
“Way to go, Erin! Use someone else’s negativity to help others,” Underwood captioned the photo. “That man obviously has a big problem… with himself. I only hope he can learn to like himself someday so he can be an adult and stop bullying others for bettering themselves!”
Carrie later shared a more elaborated post explaining exactly what had happened to her followers.
“Ok… I see lots of confused comments… I guess I should explain a bit further,” Underwood added. “This guy felt the need to post this pic of my friend and trainer, Erin Oprea, along with some really insecure and mean comments. He was shaming her for getting in some exercise during her son’s soccer game. Not cool.”
Meanwhile, as Carrie was lashing out on social media, Oprea shared a lengthy post on her personal website.
— Erin Oprea (@ErinOprea) March 2, 2016
“After a busy week, I had a busy Saturday lined up with even more work and two kids in two different cities kicking off their spring soccer seasons,” Oprea explained. “I was able to catch games for both boys and was so happy they did well! After racing from work to catch a morning game I grabbed my jump rope, put on my favorite tunes and went back to getting my cardio in and racing toward a great day of steps on my Fitbit! Unbeknownst to me (but not for long—thanks, internet), I was photographed and posted online as a warning to all those who would even dare to work out at their son’s game. I present to you the latest bully in a long line of them:”
Oprea explained that instances like this are what makes people unable to embrace a healthy lifestyle. Although she was bullied for working out, Erin concluded her post by encouraging others to take every opportunity to be healthy, even if it does draw unnecessary attention or ridicule.
“This is exactly why many people don’t embrace an active lifestyle in ordinary situations: They are worried that they will draw attention and, even worse, ridicule. Keeping yourself active and healthy in any way you can should be cheered and admired!
“Everyone has to find time in their busy schedules to get their workouts in. This is a time that works well for me and many other parents. I don’t want to see people getting bullied for doing what works best for their lifestyle. What I do care about are those who would love to be out moving but worry that they’re being judged. I don’t want the choice to be made for them because of bullies. These kinds of posts don’t change my opinion or actions, but I can see how they affect other people and I want that to change. So grab your jump rope, embrace that healthy lifestyle and keep on jumping if you hear whispering behind you. You’re the better person here in more ways than one.”
Oprea has been Underwood’s personal trainer for a while, and even helped her get back into shape after the birth of her son. Erin actually taught Carrie her favorite workout, called Tabata, which can be done in about a half an hour from home.
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