So I am finally entering the Strength Training Section
in my studies.
in my studies.
Now that I know the muscles, the body systems, physics I have not seen in high school, Newtons Laws of Motion, muscles and bones as levers etc.... I am finally able to move forward and begin learning actual exercises, proper form, muscles utilized, origins and insertions, etc etc etc.
So naturally as I am learning all the most common and classic moves, I start googling some different online fitness publications to see what some new work outs are, and which classic ones are still commonly shown etc. I visit Self magazine, Fitness magazine, Womens Health, and eventually Shape magazine.
I was HORRIFIED when I clicked on the 'Workouts' Tab on Shapes website. One of the first "workout options" that pop up in big letters in a picture of Natalie Portman and her "Black Swan Workout." THIS IS FUCKING INSANITY PEOPLE!!!!!!!
Here is an noteworthy excerpt, this is something Portman had to say about preparing for the physically demanding role of a prima ballerina:
To me, this body makes me breathless!!! Wow wow wow.
And she's got meat AND muscle on top of her bones
AKA You can tell she eats :)
Ok so clearly this side by side photo is saying, "See? You don't have to be a size 0 to be pretty." But this too is confusing and misleading because again, this woman is not healthy either! Being able to say what is within a normal range is difficult but having an excess of fat covering your body and surrounding your internal organs can be just as dangerous and hazardous to your health as being underweight. Either way, you are not respecting your body or your heart which does the most important job of all! So eat, eat, eat but be mindful of your weight in the sense that gaining TOO much weight can be just as bad for you as being a too thin and malnutritioned. Obesity is the number one killer in the US, above smoking, other diseases, crime etc.
We need not flaunt this careless attitude either.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODIES!!!!!
So to be completely honest, I came across this photo, and I had to google this girl because I had no idea who she was. Turns out she has a big hit out right now and actually has a rip roaring set of vocal chords. She is cool to the extent that she is saying 'This is me, take it or leave it' but as a future trainer I must say that you don't look that bright making such a big statement like 'I hate exercise' while holding a cigarette in your hand. Exercise does not have to be being stuck on a treadmill while staring at the clock on the wall with an exasperated look on your face. It can be a walk in the park on a nice day, or a hike, or a bike ride or simply walking down the street to buy milk instead of hopping into your car. You don't have to either be a size 0 or hate and never do exercise and smoke and become a rock star instead. These are such extremes and certainly there are many other options in between.
The spectrum is wide and varied and you do not need to fit any mold other than the one you choose for yourself because it is right for YOU.
As we all know, Marilyn is said to be one of the most beautiful women in history and although I do believe her weight shifted a lot, she had curves and she looked damn good with them.
You do not need to tell me that it is okay that my butt has a shape, but it's okay that you do.
If Barbies proportions were real,
she would be over 6 feet tall and about 100 lbs.
If this were real in a human,
she would not be able to menstruate
or hold her head up.
She would have to crawl on all fours because due to the
of bust, to waist, to hips,
she would literally topple over.
My baby toe hurts soooooooooooooooooooo bad.
It looks so alien-ish and jacked up it's freaking me out.
Pretty sure it is broken :(
Feeling a bit caged in the couch and
wishing Whole Foods did deliveries.
Missing work and dollars sucks and I can't go to the gym for a while :(
Grumpy and in pain. Still mad at Shape and have the time to sit here and rant about it because unfortunately I cannot do anything else right now.