In my ongoing quest to be fit, I noticed my arms have gotten bigger. I don’t want big arms. I want long, lean, arms with some muscle but no veins please. I love Jennifer’s arms above.
Recently, I’ve been researching Crossfit since a fitness instructor was trying to entice me into her Crossfit class. I wanted to know what the end result was. I’ve always admired women with incredible strength, and the ability to do things just the same men if not better. Examples of fit women I adore are Michelle Lewin, Jen Selter, Caitlin Rice to name a few. There’s balance in their body and they are equally strong and feminine at the same time.
However, for Crossfit, I was not able to find the feminine physique I admired. Don’t get me wrong, they look super fit, and probably can do things that most women can’t do. It’s just not what I want for myself.
The question you have to ask yourself if you like the body type that is the end result of that sport? If yes, go for it. If not, then I would hesitate to continue that sport. Sometimes, as women we get stuck in our egos. We want to be the best, the fittest. And sometimes, we lose our goal.
I see swimmers with big shoulders, and bikers with super skinny arms, runners with flat but lean figures, and weight lifters that are muscular physiques, and figure competitors with tighter physiques, leaner muscle.
So here are some questions to ask.
1) Why do you exercise?
2) What body type do you want to achieve when exercising?
3) Are you doing a sport that achieves that?
4) Do you see no progress in what you are trying to achieve?
5) Does your diet follow the physique you are trying to achieve? (protein powder, high carbs, etc.)
6) Why do you continue the sport. Do you truly love it?
Sometimes we get caught up in the hype. Let’s focus.