Reclaim the #fitspo tag

I have a lot of thoughts about #fitspo. Mostly, it’s about how much I dislike the skinny, white, female able bodies that flood the tag. There’s absolutely¬†nothing wrong with these women who are hailed for their beauty and strength, but the problem comes when we are offered no alternatives. Most people who use the #fitspo tag will post them exclusively, choosing to actively ignore other bodies or even place them in a position of inferiority. That doesn’t sit well with me.

However, the concept of fitspo is quite nice in the abstract. It’s great to celebrate people for their fitness-related accomplishments and admire their skills. It’s just that their skills and talents are typically ignored in favor of their aesthetics. And this seems like twisted logic to me: If we’re supposedly praising these people because of how “fit” they are, then why would we completely remove their achievements from the discussion? Why would we diminish and objectify them?

What I propose is that we reclaim the #fitspo tag:

  1. Find a person or athlete that you admire. They do not have to be “healthy” or attractive in the conventional sense, so pick someone whose fitness-related accomplishments are just plain badass.¬†
  2. Spend a few minutes researching their life and career, what inspires them, what makes them tick, and why they’re so darn cool.
  3. Create a post that not only shows a photo of them, but actually talks about their accomplishments. If possible, choose a photo that doesn’t place the focus on their body, but rather on them in action.
  4. Tag it as #fitspo and/or #reclaiming-fitspo
  5. And of course, support others by reblogging the #fitspo that you like best.

On an incredibly small scale, I have done this on my blog. I would love to see this trend reach further throughout tumblr. 

It’s important for us to think about fitness in terms of more than just appearance. How someone looks is fairly irrelevant to their health. Once we start to view someone as a person and not as a body, then we can begin to truly appreciate them.


Posted 1 year ago with 565 notes

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    I love this idea. I think it would be great to see other images of what can be fitspo.
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    this is an amazing ideai also have worried for quite sometime that fitspo is the “healthy-appearing thinspo”
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    Nearly all body types have the potential to be at a peak of health and physical performance. While we should not reject...
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    everyone should do this
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