I posted this on facebook yesterday and it stirred up quite a discussion with a yoga instructor friend.
I am so tired of "strong is the new skinny," "real women have curves," and other hyperbolic cliches that claim to empower while simultaneously denigrating other women. All women are real women; all bodies are real bodies. Celebrate all women: that is true feminism.Many of my friends agreed, but this particular person felt that messages like the one above were empowering. I am all about empowering women, but does motivation have to rely on critiquing others? When I see people criticizing a skinny woman and say "Eat a Sandwich" or "I look better naked than her," I think that is just a destructive as criticizing a woman for being large. I will not upload that person's comments but here was my final response:
I have no problem with inspiration photos or quotes as long as the message is not predicated on critiquing other body types. Polarizing women who are skinny or small breasted or very muscular or large is unnecessary and hurtful. I know so many powerful and beautiful women and none of them have the same body; in this way, beauty is multiplicity of forms rather than a singularity.
All the women in the picture above are beautiful and they are all women. Thoughts?
On the training front...
Saturday is my favorite training day of the week. Open mat is usually pretty small and I can concentrate on myself, which I do with gusto. Today's workout was awesome
Warm-up 5 reps @ 95#
-Wide Stance Deadlift
Then 5 reps each for 120#, 140#, 160#
Easing back in after dealing with the sciatic injury
Lower-Body Assistance work:
-Hip Thrusts 160#
-Hamstring Raises 15#
-Good Morning 95#
Upper-Body Assistance work:
2 x 7/4/7 from Nick Tumminello
- Croc Rows 40# / 53# / 40#
- KB Incline Bench Press 25# / 30# / 25# (weight for each KB, not the total for the pair)
- Bottom-Up KB Press 15# / 20# / 15#
5 x 10
- Box Jump
- Ball Slam
- Half Jacks
- Swings 53#
Max reps regular bench press 45# bar - 35
Max reps narrow grip bench press 45# bar - 30