Sport Bra and Booty shorts demean women and children.

So, I read this article a few days ago, actually a few of them, regarding the sexualization of the fitness industry and the impact it has on young girls self-esteem. The article talked about women, and the clothing they wear while working out, how they expose more of themselves then they should, how they are teaching young girls to sexualize themselves during a workout in order to get attention. hmmmm? Not one single word in their about how almost every gym or CrossFit box you walk into, men strut around with no shirts, tight shorts, grunting and moaning as they attempt heavy weights. Is that not sexualization? Why do female athletes only fall into this category?

After thinking about it, I wasn’t sure which side of the table I’m on. Until the other day. My love for fitness is not a secret. I have a business page, I work as a Personal Trainer, my personal Fb page is basically a shrine to all things I do, fitness! Sorry, not sorry. However, the other day, my 4yr old and my 9 yr old are watching the Crossfit Regionals with me. We probably watched about 2 hours of it. Not one single time, did either girl ask or even mention what any of the female athletes were wearing, or why they didn’t have a shirt on or why they didn’t have long pants on! Not one single time. I don’t know if that’s because for the last 3 years both girls have spent a ton of time in a Crossfit box, where it’s fairly normal to see the short shorts and the sports bras on the ladies, or if because, the entire time both girls were completely enthralled with the things these ladies were doing. I kept hearing them say things like, “I’m gonna be strong like her”, “I’m gonna be fast like her”, ” I wanna do what she’s doing”. The obsession was with their abilities, not with what they were wearing.

I sincerely believe, while children do emulate the people they hold in the highest regard, I also believe that as parents, we have the ability to mold the situation into what best fits our beliefs. My husband does  want my young girls dressed modestly when they are in public, so they wear tank tops or t-shirts over their sports bras, as do I. My oldest has asked why she can’t take her shirt off, and my response to her is, your too young. When you are older and you feel comfortable enough to do so, that’s fine, but your still a kid, and its appropriate for you to have a shirt on!

Now, let me make one thing clear. I wont stop going to CrossFit! What I will do, is be firm in my stance that they will be covered up, and they will be modest in public places. I totally understand that children are impressionable. However, in reality, I spend more time with them than anyone at any of these places. So, I have more of an impression on them then anyone else. I just have to be willing  to stand up and be louder and more impactful.

As for how these ladies dress, I mean  can you blame them? Look at them! They are strong and beautiful. They have conditioned their bodies to be capable of more than any other woman could ever dream of doing! They are simply amazing. Are we not being a bully on the playground, when we ridicule and demean them for what they are wearing while they workout. If they are comfortable, if their significant other has no issue, then why do the rest of us?   I have the privilege of being friends with some awesome ladies who workout in short shorts and sports bra, and frankly, I don’t think twice about it. Except when I attempt to wear some little shorts while cleaning my house and I’m constantly having to pull them down and I wonder….how do these ladies jump around and kill a metcon and not have to adjust every 2 minutes? lol!

The point I’m making, while yes, my girls are exposed to women who workout without shirts on, they are also exposed to women who are strong, strong in all aspects. They have all the traits I want my girls to have…confidence, strong bodies, strong personalities, a love for fitness, a love for other women, a love for my girls. Can I really ask for anything else? Why would I take away the exposure to such wonderful women from my girls, because 3x a week, my girls watch these women take off their t-shirts, exposing their sports bra, they watch these women smash heavy weights over and over and over again. They have experienced these women, shed blood and tears for each other, scream and yell, jump up and down cheering on other ladies, as they push themselves through an excoriating workout. How is removing them from such a positive and uplifting experience going to fix anything? We are told to teach our girls to be uplifting towards each other, however, in reality, society demeans and rips apart women for the dumbest things. If you don’t like the CrossFit girls in their short shorts and sports bras, strutting those rock hard glutes and strong thighs that can crush watermelons, then you can find somewhere else, but don’t try to break them down for being who they are…STRONG CONFIDENT WOMEN!

 

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Summer of Hero Wods

Well, its official, school is over and that means summer time fun has officially begun! We have a long busy summer. As most of you already know, we are moving to Dothan, Alabama next month, so we have a lot to do to get ready for the move, in a very short period of time. Our new home has an in ground pool in the back yard, which will be used a ton once we get there, so we are excited about that! I am excited to be able to incorporate some pool time into my daily sweat sessions, and even be able to use some pool therapy with some of my new clients. So, we have a lot going on. There is one thing I am looking forward to doing before we move, and that is the chance to do ‘MURPH” at my local crossfit box.  Some may understand, some may not. Memorial day is next Monday, which is what most consider the official kick off of summertime festivities. Most either don’t realize or are unaware of the actual meaning of this holiday.

Memorial day is a national holiday, which is meant to honor and give thanks to our service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect our freedoms. Fifteen years of war, most of us are connected to it in some form or fashion. You may know someone who has been affected by war in some way, or know a family that has been affected. Memorial day is not a day to thank a Veteran, its a day to thank our Gold star families; those who lost a loved one to war, to remember those individuals and their sacrifice.

As Americans, we celebrate this holiday with cookouts, fun on the lake and good times with friends. Enjoying the nice sunny weather, warmer temperatures and carefree feeling that summer time brings. Which is great, because that means the sacrifice our service men and women gave, will not be in vain. They paid the ultimate price, so that we can live that carefree life our four fathers fought so hard for us to have. With that being said,  I am looking forward to participating in Murph this year. For those who are unfamiliar with this workout, let me break it down for you:

1Mile run

100 pullups

200pushups

300 air squats

1 mile run

all while wearing a 20lb weighted vest.

BRUTAL, RIGHT?! That’s what I like. Its a challenge, mentally and physically. This is one of those Workouts that tests your mental strength from the beginning.

“MUPRH”, was named after Lt Micheal Murphy, a US Navy Seal who while under heavy enemy fire for more than 2 hours, risked his life when he exposed himself in order to make radio contact in order to prpvide his teams location for rescue.  Its reported that this workout was Lt Murphy’s favorite workout, in his honor, it was named after him.

Murph, normally performed on Memorial day each year, and in the weekends following, crossfit boxes all over the country perfrom a Hero Wod every Saturday for the duration of the summer. This is the communities way of acknowledging and showing love and appreciation for our fallen soldiers.  I have had the privilege of completing numerous Hero wods over the past few years, they are excurutating and most represent the Hero in some way. When you get down to the bare bones of these Hero  WODS, its about sacrifice, its about pushing through when you think you cant, because the soldiers who are being honored, did just that. They kept going, even in dire circumstances they never gave up. Thats what its all about. Pushing yourself, channeling those brave soldiers who risked their lives for us, they never thought twice, they jumped in, head first and literally gave everything. I am honored to spend my life honoring my fellow brothers and sisters in as many ways as I possibly can. With that, I have decided, following Murph on Memorial day, I will spend every Saturday completing 1 Hero Wod for the duration of the summer, I will dedicate that day to that soldier, I will know his/her story, and I will compelte that Wod in their honor. Scaled, Rx, it doesn’t matter.

I am not currently affiated with a Box at this time, and most likely wont be for awhile, thankfully, I am blessed enough that our soon to be new home has a large enough garage that will be converted into my own little gym, where I will complete these WODS. My plan is to complete each Wod, and then blog about my experience, , my thoughts, feelings, etc while doing so. I am really truly excited about doing this. It will give me a chance to jump back into crossfit ater some time off, give me a chance to work on my weaknesses, and be able to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. SO, HERE IS TO THE SUMMER OF HERO WODS.