10. FINDING JEANS THAT ACTUALLY FIT YOUR WAIST AND BUTT?
Some people dream of world domination. You dream of walking into a store, trying on a random pair of blue jeans and walking out with the perfect fit. We all have our delusions sometimes.
9. AFTER SQUATS, STAIRS BECOME THE ENEMY
People say that taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a way to stay active and healthy.
After squats, we know that not to be the case. Let them judge you.
8. YOUR WORKOUT GEAR CLUTTERS EVERYTHING
At this point, cute sports bras, functional workout shirts and yoga pants are starting to take over. Also, extra shoes for oly lifting and cardio sessions, foam rollers, jump ropes… You have a problem. Are you a hoarder?
7. GUYS OUTSIDE OF YOUR BOX THINK YOU’RE AN ALIEN
To be honest, I don’t know who has the bigger problem: guys who don’t lift (who automatically presume I’m some sort of scary entity) or myself (who automatically assumes they’re incapable of any kind of physical work, period) Either way, dating can be … difficult.
6. YOUR MOTHER THINKS YOU’RE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP
Yes, those bruises. No, mom, it’s okay, I just (jumped against a Box, spectacularly failed a wallball shot that socked me in the face…).
Though in all seriousness, if Crossfit was a guy, he’d be a pretty bad choice. I mean, you’re constantly hurting, all your friends make fun of him, and he really wants you to stop eating sugar. What an idiot. Why do you put up with that?
5. LISTENING TO THE ERRONEOUS IDEA THAT WE NO LONGER LOOK FEMININE
Due to the changes that happen eventually to our bodies, comments on the loss of femininity start to begin. Femininity is not shaped by the outlook; it’s something we carry within. It’s also in our behaviour, our empathy for each other, our vulnerability to be ourselves and courage to go out of the social comfort zone. What really makes a woman beautiful is seeing her being confident and vulnerable at the same time, with her own body and all of its flaws.
There are some patterns which are related to being feminine: gentleness, empathy, sensitivity, caring, sweetness, compassion, tolerance, nurturance, etc. Which one could be possibly taken away by lifting weights and having a sporty physique? All characteristics are traits of personal development and have nothing to do with the way we look.
4. FEELING BIG AROUND GIRLS WHO DON’T LIFT
Simply explained body image sums up the feelings we have about our own bodies and our sexual attractiveness. We could say current physical ideals are getting better, but in general everyone still assumes that women should act and look small.
‘I am a little bit annoyed with headlines “Crossfit won’t make you bulky”. Why does it matter anyway?’
We do look stronger and yeah, also bigger than women in general. But the thought of “feeling big” is more in our heads and perception itself. You can’t really choose how you feel, but you can make a choice every day how you’ll act around those feelings.
3. DEVELOPING BIG, VISIBLE TRAPS AND QUADS
Lots of pulling, pushing and lifting in general changes our bodies: lower fat percentage, more muscle mass, slimmer waist and pretty noticeable, bigger quads and visible traps. Truth is, your body was destined to move and be active: not just to move but also lift and carry things. Don’t fight the changes which occur naturally. Your quads and traps might look a bit scary to other people, but they are a great sign of power to all us who lift. The only thing that’s really challenging here is finding the perfectly fitting jeans!
2. EXPLAINING OUR BMI TO DOCTORS WHO DON’T LIFT
BMI stands for Body Mass Index, a measurement healthcare professionals still use to evaluate our bodyweight. The issue here is the simplicity of the formula: it’s way too simple to give an accurate measurement for female athletes. The weight is generalized. What it doesn’t take into the account is the actual fat percentage.
‘You’re moving every day. You’re making better food choices. Don’t worry, you’re doing a great job.’
1. CONSTANTLY EXPLAINING TO PEOPLE WHY WE LIFT
Because it makes us happy. And this is the only correct answer to give people who keep nagging about what we shouldn’t do, and how what we do is not appropriate for ladies. I quit explaining about how good it is for your health, confidence and life. Simply saying it makes me happy is enough. And it explains the whole story.
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