So your looking for fitness inspiration and you see things like this, repeated images of models who quite frankly could be very skinny men with boob implants! This isn’t showing healthy fitness inspiration, its showing obsession and images of people who are pushing their bodies to unhealthy levels to achieve exaggerated physiques with, quite frankly, often disgusting results.
Now i do understand each woman has the right to do as she wishes with her body, but using these particular images to advertise to the masses, the easily impressionable, is mostly going to:
A) Set unhealthy fitness goals to those suckered in to thinking this is what fit and healthy looks like, people in masses will believe what you are selling them, is this really what you want to encourage? Apart from the fact they are extreme examples of women in fitness which people would rarely be able to achieve anyway as its such an unnatural body shape, therefore setting unreasonable goals, unattainable goals or goals in which women are compromising their health to achieve.
B) For those of us who see this for what it is are instantly put off the workouts provided and the companies using these extreme models to advertise their ‘fitness’ brand. This is the other end of the scale, instead of using this as an unrealistic goal, we see this as something to be avoided at all costs, therefore avoiding anything which has even a chance of turning our bodies into this exaggerated form.
Its also worth noting that these professional photos are airbrushed and finished off, as they are with any models. Which makes me wonder just how bad they may look in the flesh. What is their skin really like? How many of those large veins are really coming up all over their bodies, how much of the miniscule curves that you see are actually added in after to give them a shred of femininity??
Don’t get me wrong, i love a degree of muscle on a woman, the strong lean look adding to her feminine curves, when your glutes create an enviably shapely rear and your quads are adding strength and shape to legs, when abs are toned enough to add definition to the mid section without bulking out and removing the nipped in waist, the shape that makes us women! We can use fitness to accentuate curves, to add to our womanly charms and create a body that oozes strength, fitness, health AND femininity.
I shall follow up with a blog showing what i myself deem to be more acceptable fitness inspiration.