Fitness magazines don’t help us get fit. Gazing at images of caricatured breasts, buttocks and biceps gives you the impression this is how a fit body should look, that every fit body needs to be shaped in the same vein. Fitness magazines use exactly these images to “inspire” women to look this way. Yet most of us can’t identify with what we are looking at because we don’t believe ordinary us could ever be them.
[…] What are we teaching our young women who want desperately to believe that they too can be as ripped and shredded? They don’t realize what it takes to look so tight. They want to be there and harm themselves to reach an almost unattainable ideal. When will it be acceptable to lift heavy, building confidence and brainpower while strengthening your body, not concerning yourself with how cute your bottom looks in booty shorts?
[…] Being fit in a functional rather than sexual way means you are entirely capable of being powerful no matter what your height, bust size, shoe size or hair color. You are empowered from the depths of your DNA because you did the work, you earned your place and you walk confidently because of it. A functionally fit You welcomes all sizes, shapes and colors, your boobs and butt are incidental. What we really need to build in the gym is a sense of self and what we are capable of.
Sit in an L-sit position on the floor with your legs together and your hands behind your torso, fingers pointing back. Keep your elbows and knees straight. Squeeze your shoulders and glutes together as you lift your hips up off of the floor (as shown). From here, use your abs to reverse the movement and pull your hips through your arms as far back as possible, without allowing your butt to touch the floor. Once your hips cannot go back any father, slowly lower your butt down to the floor and return to the starting position. That’s one rep.
Bitch, I do both. How dare you criticize someone just because they don’t prefer or have access to the same physical activities as you. Not to mention that the two activities serve two different purposes. Zumba is more cardio-oriented with mild full-body toning whereas lifting is going to target specific muscle groups more intensely.
If you genuinely think your workout is better than someone else’s, you are a problem. You are one of the reasons our world is so fucked up. Health isn’t about badges, bragging rights, or physical superiority, and your perpetuations of those notions are part of why eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and depression are so rampant in modern society.
And let’s not ignore the misogyny that’s apparent in memes like this:
Zumba is coded as a feminine workout. It’s a workout that’s mainly aimed at women, taught by women, and framed as a feminine weight loss method. This means that zumba is often interpreted as “not a real workout” or somehow easier than other forms of exercise.
Compare that to lifting, which is a male dominated activity. It’s often okay for women to lift simply because men have already put their stamp of approval on this exercise. It’s okay for women to occasionally be tomboys, or to support their boyfriends at the gym, or to get “dat ass” by doing squats. As long as they mimic male activities without actually getting better than the guys, women are allowed to lift.
There’s a reason why we’re taught that one of these exercises is what a “bitch” does, while the other is legitimate.
Wtf is this shit!!! People followers please help me!! Message on it and clarify that they’ve stolen the picture and it’s actually me! FFS
Please report this Instagram everyone for using fake pictures to promote their product. This before and after WAS NOT because of this dumb product!
Pictures like this make me so angry.
Moderation is so important in a balanced diet and healthy attitude towards food. You can have a few donuts every now and then and still be healthy, and you certainly don’t need to burn off the calories in them because you’re afraid you have “sabotaged” yourself. That’s not how bodies work.
I was told something similar to this about Easter eggs when I was younger and for the following three years I was too scared to eat my Easter chocolate because I was already self conscious. I thought, well I have to do all this exercise to burn off such a tiny amount, I’m not going to eat any because I don’t want to get fatter. Which I didn’t realise was so wrong. Pictures like this easily misdirected those with lesser knowledge about nutrition, and fuel the insecurities of those with low self esteem.
So eat that donut you crave every now and then. Eat five. And then just relax. Nothing bad will come from it.
Nicki Minaj shining a light on the differences on acceptable sexuality from white women and black women.
Is it just me, or does the discourse in the powerlifting and bodybuilding community have the same effect on lifters’ perception of “strong” or “jacked” that photoshopping or airbrushing has on womens’ perception of beauty?
Here’s a newsflash: for the general public, a 225 bench and 315 squat are pretty darn strong for a male, and a 95 bench and 185 squat are pretty darn strong for a female.
Pick a commercial gym at random. You’ll find MAYBE 3-5 people who lift those weights out of hundreds of total members.
Sure, most of them aren’t training for pure strength, but I’d wager that if they were, most of them would still fall short of those standards.
-Greg Nuckols (via FB)
Sometimes I forget that I’m actually strong because spend so much time comparing myself to people who are so much stronger than me. I need to take more time recognizing my accomplishments.
I agree with this wholeheartedly, because you should always put things into perspective. BUT. If you never aim to beat the best you’ll never BE the best.
Single Leg Hip Raise
Lie faceup on the floor with your left knee bent and your right leg straight. Raise your right leg until it’s in line with your left thigh. (A) Push your hips upward, keeping your right leg elevated. (B) Pause, then slowly lower your body and leg back to the start position. Complete the prescribed number of repetitions with your left leg, then switch and do the same number with your right leg.
Wide Legged Forward Bend
Targets: hamstrings, chest, and shoulders
Ease into this stretching routine with a gentle forward bend. Stand with your feet about three to four feet apart. Interlace your hands behind you, and fold forward. Hold here for 30 seconds. Keep legs straight to feel this stretch in your hamstrings.
Watermelon Mint Salad from Katie Fresca:
- 1 head romaine
- 2 cups watermelon cubed
- 1 bunch mint
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime
- pinch sea saltChop romaine and place in a bowl. Cube watermelon and chiffonade the mint, set aside.Blend 1/4 avocado, tahini, lime juice, sea salt and add water as needed to create a creamy dressing.Combine the dressing with romaine and toss well. Add remaining ingredients and toss. Top with the other 1/4 avocado and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
found this gem in the 1996 Cornell Women’s Handbook. it’s what to say when a guy tries to get out of using a condom
Honestly, I just want pole-dancing de-stigmatized, so when I take classes and people know that I can pole dance, I don’t want a constant line of people asking me if I’m a stripper, because:
1. I have zero interest in being a stripper.
2. I don’t know how to be a stipper.
3. I didn’t choose that job (its all about choice still right?)
simple as that.
Pole dancing does not automatically equate to a person being a stripper.Haha!If for some reason, the idea of your dancing being connected to the strip club scene is upsetting to you, if you desperately need to distance what you do from what those ‘other girls’ do, if you truly believe that you are doing this because it’s just a really good workout, then I strongly suggest you spend some time thinking about why you chose pole dancing. Because there are a million ways to get fit without putting on six inch stilettos, a bikini and swinging sensually around a pole.
Quote from The Pole Story.
what I think is funny is that “pole dancers” try to argue that actually pole dance originated as Mallakhamb or Chinese acrobatics, a stance apparently being promoted by non-stripper pole dancers trying to get social acceptance by affiliating with a grand tradition of like, western appropriation.
but like, the resurgence of pole work in pop culture and it’s subsequent popularity has little to do with men doing acrobatics on large wooden poles or rubber coated poles; it has EVERYTHING to do with western culture’s obsession with female bodies and commodified sexuality and more specifically and recently, strippers.
The tricks non-strippers doing so badly in their awkward shorts and splayed feet? Those are stripper moves. Strippers created performing on a brass pole, strippers popularised it, strippers TEACH IT.
and strippers get thrown under the bus now it’s been picked up, washed off, and made cool for middle class women looking for empowerment.