Thursday, April 12, 2012

Strong Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

Strong comes in all shapes and sizes. The very definition of strong is: (1) Physically powerful; capable of exerting great physical force, (2) Marked by great physical power and (3) In good or sound health; robust: a strong constitution; a strong heart. As a woman, and a Professional Training Coach I wholeheartedly embrace the trend of ‘strong as the new skinny,’ however, my concern is that we (women) are embracing a body image, and not an ideology.

Please don’t misunderstand me; I don’t want to take anything away from the ‘uber-fit’ woman who appears on the cover of the latest fitness magazine or whose picture is used with the inspirational quote super imposed over her fit form (I love those!) And, let’s be honest, unless she’s been gifted with some incredible genetics, she’s worked her butt off to own her fine form, and we should respect said work.

What I think needs to be understood (by all of us) is that the woman mentioned above is only one version of strong, and we need to be careful not to embrace her body, so much as what she stands for. Let’s not let the message of ‘strong as the new skinny’ become so garbled that it turns into an obsessive quest for the ever elusive six pack because that’s ‘what’s in now.’

We’re smarter than that. We’re more than an image, and it’s time we realised it. Let’s embrace the message, and not the body type - strong comes in all shapes and sizes. ‘Strong as the new skinny’ is about changing your view of what’s possible to find out what you’re really capable of. That’s strong.

~ Sasha

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