Is Fit Girl the New It Girl?
You may have noticed the recent overflow of fit-stagrams, fit-spirations, and Jen Selter’s butt that has seemingly taken social media by storm. If you haven’t, you may be living in your cross-fit gym -which always appears to be a cinderblock-lined warehouse, so I imagine cell reception is not too strong in there. Regardless, fit girls being shown in a confident and healthy light is a positive trend that should not be taken lightly. Being a teenage girl who is not afraid to “get her grunt on” at the gym is truly a feat that, when looking back on women’s history should be celebrated and further explored. So the next time some ignoramus rudely comments on your meal prep pic, let them know that you are simply making strides towards overall health and wellness.
The dawn of the “women’s only” gym was an obvious attempt to designate a specific area where women could feel comfortable working out. Finally, we would not have to worry about sweating, smelling, or getting our form corrected by some slime ball hanging around the ellipticals. However, the problem with this concept is that it sends the message that women do not typically belong in a gym setting, that women should feel uncomfortable breaking a sweat in front of the big dogs, and that women should ultimately never leave the cardio section. That is why the recent gym reclamation trend has truly excited me, and I believe it is the reason for its easily obtained momentum in our more feminist-friendly culture. Women lifting, squatting, and benching are beautiful things, and certainly not against the laws of nature.
Feeling more comfortable in your own skin is a necessary tool in order to become a more confident person. If this can be acquired by working out and getting fit, then no one and nothing should stop you. Yeah, yeah, I know we all hate on the incessant Cross-fit posts, but in reality, maybe the hatred is rooted in a little guilt and gym regrets of our own. The bottom line is that women are finally able to confidently walk into the weight room and utilize all the gym has to offer without feeling self-conscious or even worse: not be taken seriously. So my appreciation goes out to all you exercise-loving girls, because you have even inspired me. If being physically fit is important to you, or you would like to start making changes in a more healthy direction, I implore you to embrace that hip new saying: sore is the new sexy. Work it, smart girl!