Friday 3/14

Power Clean 1-1-1-1-1-1-1

Expectations vs Reality

We have expectations of ourselves which may or may not fall inline with society’s expectations and vary between the sexes. Often, when we fail to meet these expectations we internalize this failure as being a reflection of our self-worth, “I failed at this, I am a failure.” This kind of internalization can manifest itself in many ways, leading to depression, addiction, aggression or even bullying. While I would like to think that the CrossFit community is somehow immune or impervious to this, it’s not, especially when it comes to the topic of body image. Thankfully, CrossFit has promoted the idea that strength can be synonymous with femininity,  and that a man doesn’t have to be a 6′ 3″ block of muscle to be strong and capable. However, I still can’t help but pick up on the feelings of disappointment or being “less than” when talking to people about their goals because they don’t have Annie’s six-pack or Camille’s shoulders. And though I don’t hear it, I’m sure there are plenty of guys out there that covet Dan Bailey’s arms.  It’s like there is an unspoken assumption that CrossFit obliterates cellulite and love handles, and if you have them, you aren’t a true CrossFitter yet. This pressure of this expectation is only elevated by the “inspirational” fitness memes floating around Facebook and Pinterest.

While I am thankful that people have embraced a more physically healthy body type to aspire to, I worry that we might be trading in one unrealistic ideal for another.

Transitioning from feeling inadequate for not looking like this:

bikini

To the same feelings of inadequacy for not looking like this:

galGuy

The truth is, most of us will never attain either extremes with out the proper genetics, a lot a focused training, dieting, creative lighting and enhancements.

At the end of the day, you have the body you were born with. You can either choose to embrace what you have and make it the best it can be, knowing that the expectations placed on our appearance are unrealistic, or you can drive yourself crazy obsessing over how you aren’t _____ enough.

 

Supplemental

4X400m Run
Rest 2 Min between efforts

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