Even this award is based on deception. Here’s how I know.
I was contacted, out of the blue, about 2 months ago “congratulations, you’ve been nominated as best fitness class, alongside…”.
Reading the list of other nominees, I knew this was bogus. I looked them all up, none of them on the register for exercise professionals.
I responded to the unsolicited message “thanks, but I request that you not include Pungra in this award. If in the future you provide some rigour around the nomination process, such as ensuring that if someone is nominated as best fitness, they should at least have some qualifications related to fitness, then I’ll be very happy to participate”.
To my alarm the bloke tells me “others in the industry wouldn’t take too kindly to you saying bad things about them, your nomination stands!”. I was flabbergasted.
This is an example of gaslighting. Instead of taking my feedback and demonstrating some intellectual humility, he deflected his lack of standards and high level of ignorance; and turned my feedback into the problem. And although he might not have known before contacting me, he certainly knows now and continued with his bogus competition regardless.
I didn’t want to be involved in this award, so I asked him again one more time - he tells me “your nomination stands” and then blocked me. I thought, “what kind of dodgy operation is this, where people can’t even opt out?”.
Blocked on Facebook, I emailed him instead, explaining that I will inform CIMPSA
and EMD UK
about his strange “you can’t opt out” policy and bogus fitness award.
He was too rude to reply to me. Instead, he removed Pungra from his web site, and replaced it with another so-called ‘bhangra’ fitness brand, let’s just called them Spicy Bhangra (not their real name).