by JULIA AVERY
It has been brought to my attention lately that there are several misconceptions surrounding the topic of girls and looking “muscular.” Here are a few of the statements that have crossed my radar, either directly or indirectly:
I don’t want to train with her because her legs are too big and I don’t want to look like her.
I’m scared of getting bulky.
I’ve gained too much muscle. I should go back to only doing cardio.
The list goes on.
I have a few thoughts…
1. Not everyone works out purely for aesthetics.
My goal right now is to become a better CrossFit athlete. This involves getting stronger, faster and working on my Olympic lifts and gymnastics skills. Is it going to give me the body I want? Maybe. Maybe not. I’ve seen a lot of changes in my body over the past year but that has not been my main focus, simply a result of the way that I train. If I wanted smaller traps and leaner legs, I might train differently. I might eat differently too. But my workouts and my diet align with my goals and for anyone to tell me to stop getting more muscular just makes me want to get stronger.
2. I would never walk up to you and tell you not to get any fatter.
I might think it in my head, but it wouldn’t be an appropriate thing to say out loud. So why is it ok to tell someone not to get any more muscular? It comes off as insulting and is just as offensive. Think before you speak!