It is a paradox, doing Crossfit improves your self esteem and gives you something to be proud of; you are no longer defined by how you look but by what you can do. And you really can do some astounding things- not only can you lift big weights; you can walk on your hands, climb ropes, pull sleds, flip tyres, do pull ups and swing on rings. And if you can’t do that yet, it is only a matter of time before you do. Your asthma has improved, flights of stairs are no biggie, putting your suitcase into the overhead storage container is done with one arm. But you look different and your strength and confidence is threatening for other women.
It may be time you confronted your own doubts, those ones that are mirrored in the doubt of others. Because didn’t we discover that strong is sexy, and judging ourselves by what we can do and not what we look like is empowering? Maybe the woman who is making you feel different is actually just fearful that she herself couldn’t do it. That she would fail where you have succeeded. Yet you know a secret that she doesn’t.
You were once in her shoes, and you did it. She could too.
Us Crossfit chicks, we are a different breed- but we all come from the same stock. Every woman is full of potential. So next time you see that expression of insincerity remember it is actually insecurity, smile, pat your derrière and give them something to think about.
That it is okay for a female to not only like the way she looks, but be proud of it.