crossfit

On muscles (of girls)

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Continuing on from my last post re are Crossfit Games athletes comparable to ‘normal’ people doing Crossfit for fun – here’s me with Brooke Ence. She has been doing Crossfit for 6 years and came 14th in the Crossfit Games this year. She can deadlift 165kg and back squat 145kg.

I have been doing Crossfit for 3 years and I will never go to the Crossfit Games. I can deadlift 105kg and back squat 92kg.

We are the same height but you can see what being a professional Crossfitter looks like.

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I absolutely love muscles on girls. They are bloody hard to make and they tell the world that women can actually do whatever the f*ck they want with their bodies. They can not have muscles if they don’t want to, but they also can have muscles if they want to and no one should comment or have an opinion about somebody else’s body in either scenario.

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I showed the photos to my colleagues and all of them looked a bit disturbed and puzzled and said it was not appropriate for a woman to be that muscly.

Seriously? Not appropriate? For an ATHLETE?

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Even one of the guys at my Crossfit box said that Brooke has muscles that are a “bit too much for a girl”.

Listening to these comments and reactions made me so happy that I’m old and happily married and don’t give a toss about what randoms think about my body. No one else has to live in it, so no one else’s opinion matters.

If you’re not into muscles, that’s totally fine too. If you can look yourself in the eye (use a mirror) and truly say that you feel comfortable and happy living in your body – that you can bend down, hop over puddles and run for the bus if you need to (not all of them together :) – then keep doing what you’re doing!

As for me – let the fun of making muscles continue! And who knows, maybe I WILL qualify for the Crossfit Games when I’m 50 or 60 – they do have categories for up to the age of 60+.

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  • Anna @AnnaTheApple Thursday, 19 November 2015 at 15:05

    Amen to this. I love my (albeit small) muscles!