Strong IS the new Skinny

12.6.10 I have been inspired by a new movement started by this blogpost and fueled by a facebook group called Strong is the new Skinny.  What a great concept, for all women; young and old.  I haven’t met another female friend who hasn’t struggled at some point in her life with body image issues.  We are overwhelmed with images of thin beautiful models, actresses, and other celebrities.

CrossFit gives us images of strong muscular women.  They are doing awesome feats of strength and endurance.  What a great example to set for our children.  Young girls seeing their moms CrossFitting, lifting heavy, doing pull-ups, and flipping tires.  What a great place this world would be if every young girl was led by example and encouraged to lift weights, eat clean, and be strong.

There is no more powerful feeling than to be able to easily handle the five gallon jug of water at work, lift the 50lb bag of dog food from Costco, or clean and jerk your Christmas tree onto the car roof.  I would take being strong over being skinny any day.  I am proud of my muscles and the things that I can do with them.  I was crazy proud the day my mother in law commented on the fact that my muscles were bulging out of my tank top this summer.  I work hard for those traps!

I never thought I’d be offended when someone called me “skinny”.  But I am. Skinny brings the connotation of being “weak”.  I make sure to correct people when they call me skinny. Nope, I’m strong.  Thank you, CrossFit.

I beg you; stop trying to look like Hollywood.  It will only frustrate you and give you a nice diagnosis of osteoporosis 20 years down the road.  Choose to be strong, to CrossFit, and eat clean.  Be a good role model for your kids, your sister, and your best friend.  I promise that you will feel and look the best you ever have.

I’ll leave you with pictures of some STRONG Bad A$$ Women working out at 203 who inspire me everyday!





7 Responses to Strong IS the new Skinny

  1. Rachie says:

    That is such an awesome picture! We should have you do that to the tree at work when it’s all lit up and decorated because that would be extra christmas-y and magical!

    Melissa, you are an awesome role model! I look forward to working with you, working out with you, and being coached by you every day!! I don’t know where I would be without you (certainly no crossfitting, that’s for sure!) THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You are an amazing and strong woman, as are the other women at CF203 that push me to be better, faster, stronger every day!

  2. SueLoz! says:

    Melissa… 203 women are strong because we have a great role model… YOU! You make me want to work harder every day and you remind me I can do these hard-core wod’s even when I think I can’t. You inspire me. I’ll take strong over skinny any day! Great post woman!

  3. melissa says:

    Thanks guys! Trying to keep up with you strong ladies!

  4. kirk says:

    Rachie, since you had your Hybrid shirt on in the pic above, I’m guessing you set a front squat PR by at least 200 pounds? And Sue, seriously, seeing your car in the parking lot Sunday morning inspired me for the Lumberjack WOD. Anyone who attends a wedding and then shows up for that WOD the next morning deserves a medal. Great job!

  5. Jeanine says:

    Love the post Melissa! Thank you for all the great coaching and encouragement you’ve given to me! I love working out at 203 and being around strong, inspirational women, or as I like to call them “bad-asses”.

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  7. Simply a smiling visitant here to discuss the like (: , btw spectacular model. Make the most of your regrets . To regret profoundly would be to exist afresh. by Henry David Thoreau.

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