This article was originally posted by Tera on her site and I couldn’t have said it better myself! This “trend” really annoys me and I can’t count the amount of times I’ve complained to my husband about the amount of vanity in the fitness industry, and unfollowed/unliked people who constantly post a million half-naked “selfies.” Or, better yet, the ones that post them and then “complain” about the PMs they’re getting from guys hitting on them. Ladies, if you don’t want to be treated like that, stop putting yourself out there like that! You’re asking for the attention you’re getting that you hate (and I don’t think they hate it at all, they’re just bragging even more when they “complain”) and you know what you’re doing.
Do you really need that many photos of yourself in the first place? I get taking progress photos for yourself, that’s fine, but how many view of your body do we all need to see to get that you love yourself? Why do you have to share every single one, especially the ones that honestly no one but you should be viewing?
I really wish more women (and men!) had this view.
Fitspo or Fitsporn?
Written by Tera, Fitness to Go
February 24, 2105
When I see “fitspo” like this I think 3 things:
1. Pull that effing wedgie out of your ass
2. I would not want to sit on a bench after her
3. Are you kidding me? NO ONE works out dressed like that.
But that is what we are bombarded with on tumbler, pinterest, twitter, facebook, fitness mags….it’s everywhere. Almost naked chicks, oiled up, in a gym sporting major wedgies sporting all with the purpose of inspiring you to workout.
And then you have the instagramers!
They clutter up your feed with pics from the locker room in their bra and undies so they can show off their “gains”, post the standard booty shot on #MotivationalMonday, #TransformationTuesday, #WorkoutWednesday, #ThowbackThursday, #FlexFriday, and some other lame ass day they make up and throw a hashtag in front of it so they can show off their hooters and #bootygainsfordays.
What caused this phenomenon of women and men (and yes there are dudes who do this too) feeling they need to plaster the internet with photos of their 3/4 naked bodies all in the name of inspiring others to workout? When did photos like this become what people look to for motivations during their journey to become fit and healthy? And when did this become what fitness newbies aspire to become, another girl showing off their hard work in a gym locker bathroom to an internet full of perverts?
Maybe I’m the odd duck out, but when I look for inspiration, I look for images of STRONG women who are too busy doing WORK to worry about what their hair looks like in a photo. The women with sweat drenched clothes and mascara running down their faces. The women who are REAL and aren’t afraid to be caught looking like a hot mess in the gym – that is how they gauge the difficulty of their workout. Women like Dana Linn Bailey, Jessie Hilgenberg, Ashley Conrad and Nicole Wilkins. Women who don’t necessarily fit in the box of the standard women in the fitness industry, but they are holding their own and inspiring others in a more profound way.
So the next time you are trolling instagram, and you are liking away, think about which photo you want to give attention to. Which woman would you want your daughter to aspire to be?
In reality the only way we will ever #takebackfitspo, is to stop giving these people attention for these actions and start posting pics that are motivating us to workout for OUR HEALTH! You can be proud of the body you have- no matter what shape or size it is – but you don’t have to flaunt it.
“Classy is when a woman has everything to flaunt, but chooses not to show it.”