I admit that I’m intrigued by Pinterest. I am a frequent visitor. That being said, when I look at “Everything Fitness”, I tend to get disappointed very easily and bored very quickly. Looking at these images confirms my theory why a lot of women & girls have eating disorders and body image issues. And, it confirms why people fail at weight loss and fitness programs. . . For most people, their perception of “ideal” isn’t realistic or even attainable. I’d guess that most of the photos of the “ideal” on Pinterest is of a woman with around 15% body fat. How many women can honestly drop their body fat percentage to below 20%? How many can get to 15%? Is that realistic? Is it healthy? Not really.
Today, for example, when I clicked on it, I see a lot of the same stuff – every day:
* Women/girls want to be stick thin.
* Women like yoga, pilates, Zumba & running.
* Women still think lifting heavy weights will make you huge and build man-muscles.
* Women are obsessed with the unachievable, for the most part.
Of the first 230+ pins, I counted:
> 35 pins about running.
> 110 pins with “diet”, “weight loss”, “skinny”, or some sort of diet or weight loss tip.
> 58 pins about a workout for various body parts – butts, tush, thigh, back, arms, abs, etc.
> 96 pins had a photo of a 1/2-naked woman exercising with a “perfect” body.
> Only 4 pins had a photo of a woman lifting heavy weights.
So, as I hit the gym this morning with my clients for Suffer on Sunday, I’ll continue to preach the gospel of lifting heavy, hard work, fitness, and clean eating. At the same time, I WON’T allow them to bash themselves. I will provide a positive environment for women that focuses on getting fit & strong – rather than promote being “skinny”, “thin”, or some other term that contradicts what I’m trying to do!
Here are a few pics of my buddies getting strong! Have a nice day!