“I don’t want to get bulky."
“I don’t want to look like a man."
“I don’t want to get too big.”
I hear these statements from women far too often and it kills me inside every time. It’s this fear instilled in women’s minds that is complete bullshit. Trust me, you aren’t going to turn into the hulk by starting to lift weights. It takes a TON of hard work, dedication, and a solid training program. Building muscle takes time. It takes most people years to build the muscle you see on their bodies. I have been working hard on my body since 2011 and still am not as “big” as I want to be.
A lot of women feel that muscles are masculine. But NEW FLASH.. if you are a woman, than you are a woman. Simple as that. Having bigger muscles doesn’t make you any less feminine. I embrace my muscles and to me, they are beautiful. They remind me of everything my body is capable of. They make me feel strong both mentally and physically. I am proud of my body. I worked hard for this body.
Some may think I am “too bulky” or “too big for a woman.” They might say they “never want to be as big” as me. But that’s their opinion. Other women are a lot stronger than me. Some tell me how tiny I am for how strong I am. It’s all about perception. Society tries to tell women that we should be skinny and that skinny is beautiful. But lately, there has been a huge increase in women embracing their inner strength. I 100% thank CrossFit for that. Seeing the games athletes on TV has opened on so many women’s eyes to the most amazing idea: you can be strong AND beautiful.
I am challenging the stereotype every single day. I train hard for my body. I love my muscles because they remind me of what my can can DO, not just what it looks like. I eat more food than I ever have and I lift more weight than I could have ever imagined. My body is a work in progress. Yes, sometimes I have insecurities. We all do. But I try to push them aside and remember what I am capable of. It’s empowering to know I created this body through hard work and good nutrition.
If you don’t like my body or want to look like me, that’s fine. I am not concerned with your opinion. I am doing this for ME. Guys, it may not be attractive to you to date a strong woman. That’s fine too. But keep your opinion to yourself. Reality is, we all have our own perceptions of beauty and how we want to look. You are never going to please everyone and you shouldn’t try to. Speaking for all of the strong women out there, we are proud of the strength we have developed and don’t need the approval of others. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I want my muscles and my strength and my body to inspire other women to view their own bodies differently. I want them to understand that it is possible to be strong AND beautiful AND feminine AND muscular.
I am passionate about creating a healthy lifestyle for myself & helping those around me.