Women’s Only: Weighty Issues #WhatsBeautiful

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Print
by GABRIELLE BROST HOFFMAN

Women’s Only: Weighty Issues

I think most women who lift or do CrossFit or generally support the notion of strong, muscular women would love to consider themselves immune to issues like weight.
The other day, I was having a very interesting conversation with a friend from my box – we were texting each other about lifting, her roping me into a powerlifting competition in the future (eek), and general fitness-y things. Regarding the powerlifting competition, we started talking about weight classes and both said we could/should drop a weight class to be a bit more competitive. And then she said: “…how idiotic is it that two women who are generally aware of and fight the unreasonable expectations placed upon women in an anorexic world are currently discussing ‘dropping a weight class’?”. AFREAKINGMEN.

I think most women who lift or do CrossFit or generally support the notion of strong, muscular women would love to consider themselves immune to issues like weight. After all, we lift heavy and work our asses off (or on, rather) to gain muscle and concern ourselves with the weight on the barbell rather than the weight on the scale. But still, we are not immune. In this context we were talking about losing about 4-5lbs to be more competitive for a competition – but still, it was kind of ridiculous. That conversation got me thinking about weight, leanness, and strength and how I feel about it all. I’ve talked about it before, but it is still something that crosses my mind fairly often. I made a choice to stop worrying about getting lean and start focusing on getting strong; so far, it’s paid off in big ways.

Stop worrying about getting lean and start focusing on getting strong
Although my weight hasn’t really changed all that much – maybe 2lb gain total – it has been a really big mental shift.

Instead of thinking about how my food is going to help me lean out, I think about how my food is going to help my squat.
I eat, and eat, and eat some more – not necessarily all “paleo” foods and not necessarily even terribly “healthy” foods all the time. Rice has been my savior on high volume days and I’ve added a bit more dairy (mostly in the form of cheese) back in to my diet. And then there are weekends where I eat ice cream 3 times and enjoy every second of it. I don’t fret over whether something is “paleo” or not – I just eat.  I eat more food than most girls and some guys I know and I’m constantly hungry. I stopped eating to make my body look a certain way and started eating to help my body perform.

[B]eing strong is beautiful, no matter what dress size you wear.
I’ve been forced to look at food as a tool for strength and recovery. For a while my body was beat up because I wasn’t taking in enough food: more specificially, I wasn’t eating enough carbs. Once I added more back in, my strength gains started coming back and I didn’t feel like I had been run over by a truck after every workout. As a result, my clothes fit differently – my quads will rip any non-stretch jeans in a second while being a size too big on the waist; wearing blazers is a trecherous game of “don’t rip the shoulders”; and my lats have become too big for any non-adjustable bathing suit top I own. And I’m fine with that, but I’d be lying if I said that sometimes I do wish I was leaner, smaller, whatever.

It's more rewarding to be strong
I start thinking about that… and then I squat, clean, snatch, press and eat a pound of steak and remember how much better it feels to be strong than to wear a smaller jean size and I’m happy with my choice. Conventional standards of beauty are pervasive and as hard as we may try, we don’t ever “really” become immune to them. But, we can chose to give them the finger and help convince people that being strong is beautiful, no matter what dress size you wear.

*Disclaimer: I am working with Under Armour and FitFluential on the “What’s Beautiful” campaign. As usual all thoughts, ramblings, opinions, and outlandish statements are my own. If you’re interested in joining the challenge, register and come join my team!*

GABBY HOFFMAN originally posted this entry to her blog on May 20, 2013. She is the blogger, writer, and photographer behind Gabby’s Gluten-Free – a blog dedicated to healthy living, delicious food, and fun experiences. Her goal is to show that eating gluten-free can be easy, fun, and seriously tasty. She is an avid CrossFitter and fitness lover who aims to empower and inspire others.

Printable Version

We Are Scouting Top Writers

Are you passionate about fitness and have something to say? Reach a huge online community and get the discussion going - start writing for Tabata Times today!

Share this post
@TabataTimes on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook 

Contribute to this story by commenting below:

Advertise Here

Most Popular of All Time

CrossFit Shadyside shared a link on Facebook

http://crossfitshadyside.blogspot.com/2014/09/wednesday-91014.html

J. Humenay published the post Answering The Question - "Why Do You Lift?" on Tabata Times
Recently, I've been asked the question, "Why do you do Olympic lifts? There are so many other ways...
CrossFit Pittsburgh posted an article
CrossFit Integrated Fitness shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit Pittsburgh posted on Facebook

Available right now: 1 pair of Men's Cordura WOD Shorts Size 33" Retail $60.00 yours for $40.00.

astewart30 published the post Size Doesn't Matter on
From the time I was 10 years old I have been aware of my size. I have always known how much I weigh...
CrossFit KSX posted on Facebook

Tuesday's Workout Strength: 10 min EMOM 3 Deadlift @ 70% of 3RM Conditioning: 12min EMOM 3 Power cleans 155/115 5 strict pull-ups Rest 2 min: 3 rounds of: 1 min elbow plank 45 sec max supermans 30 sec Russian twist with weight 20/15 * 30 sec rest between rounds*

CrossFit Iron City posted on Facebook

This week's challenge is: 3 min AMRAP of 20 DU's Jason L. already has 2 wins down, who is going to take the top spot this week?

CrossFit Center City shared a link on Facebook

#DIDYOUKNOW that CFCC offers Custom Fit Meals? These fresh, healthy meals are a great option for weeks when you're especially busy. They offer a huge menu that rotates week to week, and there's no commitment required. Use code CENTERCITY to take 10% off your first order. If you're thinking about participating in the #cfccrecharge or are struggling to find healthy options on-the-go, give CFM a try! #nutrition #paleo #paleoish http://crossfitcc.com/a-new-option-for-healthy-convenient-eats-at-cfcc/

CrossFit Center City shared an image on Facebook

Don't forget we are holding a 2 hour introductory Strongman clinic on Sunday September 28th. Link to sign up is in the comments. Email Record at record@crossfitcc.com if you have any questions about it and remember it is open to both CFCC member and non-members!

CrossFit Prime posted an article
CrossFit Prime posted an article
CrossFit Athletics posted on Facebook

SFH Fish Oil and *new* pure protein (without Creatine) is in stock!! Get it while it's hot.

Kristy Parrish published the post How Julie Foucher Became Julie Foucher on
Editor's Note: "How Julie Foucher Became Julie Foucher" was originally posted to the Beyond the...
WhatWouldJohnMackEat published the post Portuguese Style Littleneck Clams on Nutrition WOD
Littleneck clams are hands down my favorite seafood. I eat them raw, steamed or cooked Portuguese...
CrossFit Prime posted an article
CrossFit Focus shared an image on Facebook

Jeremiah swinging the kettlebell with authority.

CrossFit Focus shared a link on Facebook

You don't get what you want - you get what you work for.

Breaking Point Fitness CrossFit Ridge Ave posted on Facebook

Tuesday 9/9/14 15 mins to work to heavy Snatch deadlift + snatch pull + snatch For time: 10 power cleans 185/125 20 burpee over bar 30 toe 2 bar 200ft farmers carry 55/35 30 toe 2 bar 20 burpee over bar 10 power cleans

CrossFit Center City shared a link on Facebook

Learn all about the newest cycle leading up to the CrossFit Total on Halloween! Deadlift and Strict Press Tuesday tomorrow! http://crossfitcc.com/workout-of-the-day-tuesday-9-9-14/

CrossFit RDU shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit Invoke shared an image on Facebook

Body Comp Challenge is in full swing. Be sure to make these next 12 weeks worth it! #cfinvoke #cfiathlete #cfibootycamp #crossfit #bodycomp #fat #relentlesslife #weighin #eatright #nutrition #goals #progress

CrossFit King of Prussia posted an article
CrossFit RDU posted an article
CrossFit Gastonia shared a link on Facebook

Tuesday's WOD http://www.crossfitgastonia.com/w-o-d

CrossFit Delaware Valley shared an image on Facebook

6pm cleanin' and dubbin'!

CrossFit Delaware Valley shared an image on Facebook

N'Sync! (See what I did there? Lol)

Breaking Point Fitness CrossFit Ridge Ave shared a link on Facebook

There is still space left to register for the Carl Paoli seminar at CrossFit Ridge Ave on September 20th from 9am-5pm. The seminar is $295 with discounts offered for CF Level 1 Certified Trainers, Educators, Military/Fire/Police/Rescue and USA Gymnastics members! https://freestyleconnection.pushpress.com/open/event/freestyle-connection-seminar---philadelphia-pa

CrossFit 77 shared an image on Facebook

What an awesome start to our Let's Move class on Saturday September 6! Remember this class is free every Saturday from 10:30-11:30 bring your kids and their friends! We can't wait to see the turn out for this Saturday!

CrossFit Focus shared an image on Facebook

CrossFit 77 posted on Facebook

George just PR'd his back squat by 50lbs! 365# like a champ!

CrossFit Wake Forest posted on Facebook

9/9/2014 WOD: Push Press 3-3-3-3-3 Use the heaviest weight you can for each set. Rest as needed between sets. Then: 4 rounds for time of: Run, 200 m 10 Kettlebell Swings

CrossFit Wilmington posted an article
CrossFit Harrisburg posted on Facebook

Tues Back Squat (3x4 @ 80%, then 1 set for max reps) 15 mins to complete Metcon (Time) 4 Rounds 200m Run 40 double unders 300m Row Rest 1 min 2 for 1 du subs

CrossFit Invoke posted an article
CrossFit Focus posted on Facebook

Tons of new skills discovered for the 6 p.m. group today, especially those double-unders!

CrossFit Main Line posted an article
CrossFit Main Line posted an article
CrossFit Main Line posted an article
CrossFit Main Line posted an article
Raleigh CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit Wilmington shared an image on Facebook

Everyone loves HSPUs @cfwilmington #wantmoredomore #strongereveryday

CrossFit LKN shared an image on Facebook

Big 9 am class this morning!

CrossFit Love shared a link on Facebook

9.9.14 http://bit.ly/1tFrlIx

CrossFit Love shared an image on Facebook

The Olympic Weightlifting seminar with Diane Fu is almost here! Have you registered?! Learn more about the Olympic lifts and what mistakes you may be making that are holding your PRs back! Check out the details and register TODAY! http://bit.ly/NtByob

CrossFit Wilmington shared an image on Facebook

Great job to Alison and all of our new members this summer!

judyjudyjudy published the post Why The Box Is Not Like Any Old Gym- Facing Fear and Finding Beauty At Crossfit on
"He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. " ~Ralph Waldo...
Raleigh CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit Main Line shared an image on Facebook

Beginning this week, YOGA will be offered at 10:30am on Tuesdays at CFML and Thursdays at CFR5. Come join us!

CrossFit Durham posted on Facebook

Welcome back to CFD athlete, and recent new MOM, Rachel Mason!

CrossFit RDU shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit RDU shared an image on Facebook

We will have WODbody Sports Massage in house here at CrossFit RDU this coming Wednesday. Appointment slots will be available from 3pm-8pm in 30min sessions or more. There will be a sign up sheet on the whiteboard. Check them out and we may make it a permanent fixture! $35 - 30 minutes $45 - 40 minutes $55 - 50 minutes $65 - 60 minutes

CrossFit RDU posted an article
CrossFit Exchange shared an image on Facebook

Achieving Excellence through competition helps us break through our own boundaries. From the coaches desk we are all proud of the athletes that came out, and more importantly for all of your help and support.

CrossFit Delaware Valley shared an image on Facebook

Ladies - check this out!

CrossFit Durham shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit 910 shared an image on Facebook

liftlaugheatrepeat published the post Secret Ingredient Paleo Meatloaf on
So my husband absolutely loves meatloaf, which is great because it's a relatively simple meal...
CrossFit Main Line shared a link on Facebook

Hey Main Liners and R5ers! Good news...beginning this Thursday, 9.11 at 6:30pm we are bringing in a Chiropractor a couple days a week for your aches, pains and general fitness recovery needs to CFML. The wonderful, Dr. Katzen will be scheduling free consultations and following up with necessary treatments. We could all use a little adjustment. Call today to schedule your appointment at CFML- 610-664-8330 http://www.drkatzen.com/

CrossFit Coastal shared an image on Facebook

Congratulations to Brandon M for passing his CrossFit Level 1 Certification and also Head Coaches Phil & Kelly for completing / passing their CrossFit Kettlebell Certification this weekend! Continuing education is very important to us here at CrossFit Coastal. Your instructors are always in a constant state of learning new ways to serve you better. Proud of you!

@TabataTimes on Twitter

Watch the latest episode of GPTV