These images were going to be part of one of my larger #photoshop posts, but no - This needs to be specifically discussed.
The image on the right is a #fitspo photo that has shown up throughout tumblr, pintrest, and god knows how many porn sites. I’ve seen it in the fitness tags multiple times now. But the image on the left? It’s not a copycat model, that’s the original photo.
The woman on the left is Denise Rodrigues. She’s a Brazilian fitness model and figure competitor who has gained a huge following on Facebook and Instagram. She has a degree in Law and is currently studying Physical Education, allowing her to safely guide both herself and others through the world of weight lifting. Rodrigues is the kind of allstar idol that you rarely get to see in this world.
But even she wasn’t good enough for fitspo. Her body had to be edited and her personality had to be erased before she could be accepted as “motivational.” The person that we end up with, the #fitspo woman on the right, doesn’t actually exist: Denise Rodrigues’ body was manipulated in order to soften the curves and thin the waist, while her head was replaced with that of another woman.
Apparently, a muscular black woman was not worthwhile or attractive enough to grace someone’s blog, therefore it was necessary to paste an Asian woman’s head onto her shoulders.
This is what #fitspo does to us. #Fitspo teaches us that a person’s body and appearance are what’s most important. Not their life, not their goals, not them as a person: Just their image. When you reduce a person to their body and claim that their sole purpose here is to appeal to you, then you not only erase their individuality, you are saying that your right to sexual gratification is more important than their right to bodily autonomy.
There’s a whole host of fetishization and racist implications here, especially considering how much black and Asian women have been hurt by the sexualization of their images. If you’d like to read up on that more, fucknofetishization has several links that will explain why the mindset associated with these photo manips is harmful. These sort of body edits are harmful on their own, but we can’t dissociate them from the racial fetishization that drives many people to seek out these images.
In the end: #Fitspo, especially fitspo that solely revolves around worshipping someone’s body, makes women interchangeable and declares that their individual identities are worthless. Value needs to be placed on the person, not the body itself. If you want to admire an athlete, talk about their hardwork, skill set, competitive record, etc. Talk about what they’ve actually done. Don’t reduce them to an object.
The Runners Workout | Instagram @zovafit | via Tumblr on We Heart It
Begin in plank position with hands slightly wider than shoulder width and legs extended. Keeping spine neutral, bend elbows and lower body towards floor (A). Press into floor, extend elbows and return to starting position. For this week, only use Down Dog (B) as a break if needed. Otherwise continue push ups for the entire minute.
You can exercise daily and still be fat.
You can never exercise and still be thin.
Fat and exercise are not mutually exclusive, nor are they always choices that people have the ability to make. This is not a black and white issue.
Please stop framing fat solely in the negative terms of laziness.
- Grab a set of three- to 15-pound dumbbells, and lie on a bench or the floor.
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand, and bring your hands by your ears so your elbows are pointing straight up at the ceiling. Inhale, and straighten your arms by lifting your hands up.
- As you exhale, slowly lower the dumbbells back down toward your ears, but be sure to keep your elbows directly above your shoulders in order to target your triceps. This completes one rep.
Overhead Reverse Lunge
- To begin, hold a barbell or two dumbbells in each hand with palms facing forward (or toward each other, if you are using dumbbells). Raise up your weights, so your arms are straight and the bar or weights are over your head.
- Take a controlled lunge (or large step) backward with your left foot.
- Lower your hips so that your right thigh (front leg) becomes parallel to the floor and your right knee is positioned directly over your ankle. Keep your left knee bent at a 90-degree angle and pointing toward the floor. Your left heel should be lifted.
- When your left knee is almost touching the floor, hold. Then, slowly push with your left foot to raise your pelvis up a bit, and then straighten your knees and return your left leg back to starting position next to your right leg.
Leg lifts on their own are fine for a beginner, but most people will need to increase the exercise’s intensity over time. Even if the workout didn’t hurt you, adjusting your stance and doing an alternative exercise would still be a good idea. There’s no reason to keep forcing yourself to do an exercise that doesn’t feel good and isn’t bringing about results!
The best modification here might just be for you to do the exercise while upright, instead of lying on your side. Grab yourself either an exercise band or a cabled weight machine - If you are using an exercise band, step inside of it and, while placing your weight into one leg, slowly pull the other leg away from your body. You can do lunges, squats, or just freely swing your leg. Whatever is most comfortable.
If your balance isn’t so good or if your exercise band isn’t a loop, attach one end to a stationary object or hold it in your hands.
And of course, cables work great too. These allow you to adjust the weight as necessary, giving you more room to increase the intensity of the exercise over time.
Western demand for quinoa has pushed up prices so much that the indigenous in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it.
Often, #fitspo has nothing to do with exercise or healthy eating. It’s got nothing to do with valuing strong women or praising athletes for their hard work. That’s simply the shield that #fitspo hides behind. Instead, images like these turn a person’s body into an object that can molded and altered in order to suit the viewer’s personal tastes.
Promoting female strength requires more than just lusting after women with muscles. Physical strength means nothing if you do not respect a woman’s body and her right to control her own image.
All images on the left were found in tumblr’s #fitspo tag while all images on the right are the originals. Before reblogging or sharing fitspo, please consciously ask yourself: Is my motivation and inspiration being derived from how much I respect this person, or by how much I’m attracted to them? Am I more interested in the body or the person? And most importantly: Did this person consent to having their photo spread online in this manner? If you don’t know and if you aren’t willing to look up this information, then it would be best not to reblog.
Side Arm Push Ups
- Lie on your right side with your knees and hip bent to 45 degrees. Wrap your right arm around your waist, and place your left hand in front of your right shoulder with your fingertips parallel to your body. Keep your waist lifted with energy shooting out of the top of your head.
- On an exhale, press your left hand into the ground and push yourself up, straightening the left elbow. Inhale, and slowly lower yourself back to starting position. This completes one rep.
My image has been stolen and being used on Facebook diet ads for a company called Venus Factor. These ads are running throughout Facebook from more sources that I can report and have removed. My coworkers, friends and family are seeing these ads pop up. The company won’t help me on Facebook and told me to email them more, I already emailed them twice. So let’s send them some email!
Tell them why we won’t stand to have our image stolen for the profit of diet companies.
Fatties roll out!
This is so disgusting. Please email this company.
Standing on a platform encourages a greater range of motion, thereby recruiting more muscles and burning more calories. You can perform classic or Romanian deadlifts in this manner. Shown is the Romanian, but for the classic, simply place a bar in front of a step, box, or weight plate, then stand on the step to perform the deadlift.
How to: Standing on a 6-inch step or box (if this is too tall, stand on a weight plate), hold a barbell in front of hips with hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent. Maintaining bend in the knees and keeping chest out, back straight, and abs engaged, push hips back and lower the bar below knees (but not too far as to stress hamstrings). Pause, then return to standing.
Baked Chicken Squares from BevCooks:
- 1 1/2 pound chicken breast, boiled and chopped
- 1-2 Tbs. diced white (or yellow) onion
- 3 Tbs. melted butter, divided
- 1/2 block softened cream cheese (4 oz)
- 2 Tbs. milk
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 cans crescent rolls (like Pillsbury, where there are 8 rolls per can)
- crushed ritz crackers
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl, combine the chopped chicken, onion, 2 Tbs. melted butter, cream cheese, milk and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix to thoroughly incorporate.
Roll out the crescent rolls, keeping two rolls attached at the perforated line. Making a rectangle. Know what I mean, Vern?
Place a 1/4th-cup dollop of chicken mixture in the center of each dough rectangle. Pull the corners of the dough over the chicken and pinch to seal, creating a little pocket square thing.
Brush the remaining Tbs. of butter over the tops of the squares, sprinkle with crushed crackers and bake for 17 to 20 minutes. (or whatever the can says!) Check at the 15-minute mark. Get them all nice and golden brown.
Serve and conquer.