you’re allowed to like the way you look. you’re allowed to think that you’re pretty. you’re allowed to like the way you do things. you’re allowed to like your quirks.you’re allowed to do what you want to do. you’re allowed to like your music taste. you’re allowed to like a certain movie. you’re allowed to like your clothing taste. you’re allowed to be yourself. you’re allowed to love yourself. it’s ok. you’re beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you wrong.
So yesterday I saw on my dash this article titled “Be a Box Babe,Not a Barbie: The Top 9 CrossFit Female Faux Pas”. Needless to say from the title alone I was left feeling a little ragey. While the message they were attempting to send was about what matters in a CrossFit gym, the execution was very poor and downright insulting. You see, part of this article speaks of a different type of female competition in which girls uplift and support the other yet also slams the female who doesn’t fit the typical CrossFit chick description. So i decided that I would help them out a little and rewrite this article the way it was meant to. From a female who’s been inside a box.
Note: this will make much more sense if you read the article first.
- Model Makeup: Do not feel pressure to wear make up to work out. No one is going to be looking at you to see your eye shadow or eyeliner so that doesn’t need to be a main concern. However, I know it took me a while to leave the house without make up on any occasion so if it’s something that brings you confidence then feel free to apply some before heading to the gym. You certainly don’t need it but there’s no rule saying you can’t lift heavy with some on.
- Perfectly Paired Outfits: Lululemon sells some great clothes and Nanos and olympic lifting shoes are awesome as well. You are just as capable of hitting a PR in old navy pants and an old tee shirt and a different brand of shoes. It actually doesn’t matter what you wear as long as you feel comfortable and confident in it. And sometimes a girl wants her sports bra to match her tshirt, headband, and shoes for the day. No shame in that.
- A Done “Do”: Between being upside down for handstand push ups ,hitting your pony tail with your jump rope, and sweating like crazy, your hair won’t necessarily be perfect by the end of the WOD. You’re still beautiful. Any girl knows that not all pony tail holders can be trusted to do the job and some pony tails give females headaches. Wear your hair the way you like it best. A sweaty mess of hair is a beautiful thing.
- Calorie Counting: Food can be a tricky thing. It’s not going to be the same for everyone. To be healthy you don’t have to eat less. Eat lots of healthy and delicious foods that make you happy and feel strong. The way you eat can relate directly to your performance in the gym so it is something important along with physical activity. If calorie counting is what works for you then that’s okay. And not everyone likes bacon so don’t feel pressured to like it too.
- Giddy Gossip: If you are consistently in the same classes with the same people you may even branch out and hang out outside of class. You become friends on social media and learn more about one another. Gossip and drama can circulate in any setting. Try not to get caught up in that and remember why you’re in the gym in the first place.
- Too Much Tan: Look its nothing new that tanning isn’t the healthiest but like the other things listed if you enjoy tanning it doesn’t make you less of a beast in the gym. You are beautiful no matter how pale you say you are or how tan you feel you need to be. And I know you don’t want to hear this but wearing sunscreen or trying sunless tanners isn’t the worst idea. But like I said, pale or tan, you can still do work.
- Seductive Stretching: Mobility is important. Focus on stretching, loosening up your muscles, preventing injury and improving form. This is just something important for males and females.
- Sinister Stares: We live in a society that can fuel a lot of girl on girl hate. CrossFit is not a place to be a part of that. Strive to be the best version of yourself and always be there to cheer on and encourage your other gym mates. Celebrate PR’s with one another. Be that voice of encouragement in the struggles and never let that person who is finishing last do so in silence.
- Avoiding Actual Work: Look, CrossFit is hard. I’m not going to insult you by assuming you didn’t know that when you signed the waiver and paid your first 100+ membership fee for the month. The WODs are going to push you, to leave you flat on your back, challenge you and bring you out of your comfort zone. Embrace it and give your all every time your step in that gym. The results of all the hard work will definitely follow.
CrossFit isn’t about how you dress, how tan you are, or how many days you’ve logged consistently in MyFitnessPal. The beauty of CrossFit is that it brings a diverse group of people together to encourage, push, and inspire one another to be the best versions of themselves.
Do what makes you happy. Don’t ever apologize for being you.
I think it’s important that you don’t feel like you have to look, act, or be a certain way to grab a barbell and get strong. In the end, any one has the ability to be great. People have enough insecurities already, we really don’t need to be calling them out upon them entering the gym when maybe the greatest accomplishment for them was simply showing up.
From one CrossFit girl to another, you’re really wonderful. No matter what.
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1. Appreciate your life.
2. Choose friends who make you feel good.
3. Keep learning everyday.
4. Compliment others.
5. Always look for the solution, not the problem.
7. Take a moment to enjoy life, and stop to see how far you’ve come.
8. Forgive people and stop holding grudges.