Monday 12/9

5 Rounds for time:
7 RT Arm DB Squat Clean @ 45/30
7 Pull Up
7 LFT Arm DB Squat Clean @ 45/30
7 Hand Stand Push Up

Strong Isn’t Really the New Sexy/Skinny

BodyTypes

Let’s get something out of the way: I do happen to think strong is sexy. Super sexy.

I just don’t think it’s the new sexy. Or that you are required to be strong in order to be sexy. Or that sexy is the point of strong.

“Sure, at times strong can be sexy — but isn’t that the byproduct of strength? The confidence? The empowerment? The pride?” writes fitness blogger MizFit on the topic. “For me, strong is enough. Strong just is. (Check out her full post on the topic here; also, fellow #FitFluential ambassador  Amanda Brooks also wrote about it here.)

StrongNotNewSexy

I get the thrust of what those who coined both “Strong is the New Skinny” and “Strong is the New Sexy” were trying to do: They were trying to create a new dynamic in which thinness wasn’t the be-all and end-all of beauty. 

And I do think they succeeded in creating a paradigm shift — even considering the popularity of such aesthetic goals as the thigh gap (read my response piece here), there is powerful momentum behind the muscle movement, with the exploding popularity of weights-oriented fitness methodologies such as CrossFit and the advent of online communities such as Girls Gone Strong.

When the “Strong is the New Skinny” anthem first started making the rounds on social media several years ago, I was all in. I plastered memes all over my Twitter and Facebook pages, snagged a tshirt and sported it proudly.

That is…until I started getting hip to the underlying exclusion of those who are not physically strong. Essentially, I realized that what we’d effectively done is create a new cool-kids clique — one filled with lean, well-muscled individuals, pointing and laughing at those who lacked our brawn.

I promptly ditched the tshirt.

Strong, sexy, skinny. These things can exist together in every combination, or completely independently from one another.

There is no one right answer, and we don’t have to disparage one body type to celebrate another. When we recognize and internalize that, we will be free.

Women and Their Weight(s)

I wrote a fitness feature for the December 2013 issue of Women’s Health magazine. I’m very proud of it. It busts myths about lifting weights, encouraging women to heft substantial poundage; it describes how to do so safely; it lists some lesser-known perks of pumping iron, such as balanced hormones and a clearer head.

It includes a six-week, full-body strength program from Kellie Hart Davis, founder of www.motherfitness.com and coauthor of Strong Curves.

It sings the praises of two of my hardest-working clients, two best friends who work out together three times a week and who have seen substantial changes — both physical and mental — since they began lifting weights at the end of April.

I can’t wait for you to see it. In fact, you don’t have to wait to see it — you can pick up a copy on newsstands right now (it’s got Drew Barrymore on the cover). 

In addition, I wrote the article longer than there was space for (there was much to say!), so while the whole shebang will be available online at a later date, the bonus copy that wouldn’t fit in the print edition is called “The Beauty of Lifting Heavy Weights,” and it’s available online right here, right now. Dig in!

To continue reading, click here.

Supplemental

G On the 2 min max rep HSPU until you reach 50

W 6 Step Walking Lunge in the front rack for load

 

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