Just a quick thought today, prompted by a post my friend Charlotte Ord wrote on her Facebook wall. She commented about the “thigh gap” craze which seems to be hashtagging its way across the status updates and photo-shares of social media. Not just women. Girls (young girls), too.
I share Char’s sadness and frustration about the thigh gap thing.
And it got me thinking, is this partly what I love about bodybuilding? The fact that bodybuilding actively encourages us to grow, to expand, to be more of ourselves not less? To celebrate taking up space, not shrinking away?
We’ve all heard “strong is the new skinny”, although I take issue with that, too, because I don’t think we need a new skinny at all (one is enough!)
The drive behind bodybuilding is to make more of yourself, to be more of yourself, to fill more of your space, rather than trying be as small as possible. No apologies for our bodies here. It’s more than OK to be a physical being.
So let’s take things further than “strong is the new skinny”. Let’s not look for thigh gaps. How about quad sweeps? Or whatever your favourite bit of your leg happens to be. But, here’s the catch: it has to be something which is there. It has to be a presence, not an absence. It has to be something you can see, not something you’re happy not to see.
No more “little lady”. No more thigh gaps.
What are your thoughts on the thigh gap thing? Does your sport and fitness training help you have a better body image?
Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.