10 Things I Wish I Had Known About Fitness Before I Turned 13

3 Dec 2012 by Vanessa, 3 Comments »

1. The models you see in fitness magazines probably don’t even workout (hence the horrible form) and if they do it’s something along the lines of talking a “hike” (also known as a WALK) with their yorkie poo 2-3 times a week.

2. The models you see in the more “serious” magazines are nearly all on steroids, have an eating disorder, and probably aren’t really that strong (not that you cared much about being strong at 13.)

*Side note for 1 and 2; don’t ever forget the power of airbrushing, make up, a professional photographer, deliberate lighting, and Photoshop when looking at fitness, fashion, and celebrity pictures. None of those bitches really look that good.

3. The diets posted in any magazines are sure to make you gain weight due to it’s inclusion of grain products in nearly every meal and terrible macronutient ratios. Gotta make the USDA and those companies buying ads happy. Trust me, you don’t “need your whole grains.”

4. If you’re genetically predisposed to being built “like one of those rap guy’s girlfriends,”  you will never get rid of your quads and butt; one day you’ll be so glad you didn’t.

5. Your Dad was right. Guys like butts and thighs. Especially those that are capable of feats of speed and strength.

6. Physical strength is sexy, enviable, and will set you apart amongst a  sea of skinny girls and weak women.

7.  Extreme dieting will wreck your body, your hormones, your bones, and cause damage it will literally take decades to undo.

8. You should take more gymnastics classes.

9. Cellulite has very little to do with how fit you are. You can (and will) have visible abs and still have cellulite on your legs. Some of the fittest women on the planet have cellulite. Put on your shorts. Get over it.

10. Do something athletic to get better at it, not just to “workout.”  Focus on performance and the body will follow. Guys love athletic women and the sense of accomplishment that you get from doing something that 99.9% of your peers can’t do is amazing. Doing a real pullup is a much better way to be attractive to an athletic guy than just being another skank in Baby Gap sized clothing.

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  1. Ash & Diz says:

    I love this!! Definitely sharing this!

    I love my big legs and butt!

  2. Holli Jetsel says:

    Thanks so much Vanessa. I just turned 51 and I am in the best shape of my life thanks to CrossFit. I will tell you, however, it has been a long, difficult and confusing road. I checked myself into Baylor Hospital in my mid 20’s because of an eating disorder that I knew I had been struggling with since about 10 years old. I was the youngest of 4 sisters (all body obsessed) and a constantly dieting mother and father (also body and weight obsessed). Years of extreme dieting did wreck my body, but thankfully it is never to late to change. The last 2 years have been the best years of my life because I just live a happy, fulfilling and delicious paleo lifestyle, no supplement excepts fish oil and show up to the gym and train with my friends. I haven’t picked up a fashion or style magazine in probably 20 years but the world around us is still quite warped and influential to all women. Websites like the Perfect Couplet and articles like these need to become the norm so women can start living their truth, developing their true strength and the natural beauty. What a gift that would be to the next generation of young girls.

    • Vanessa says:

      Holli and Ash, I am so glad this hit home with both of you. Holli. I struggled with eating disordered too and I just wish I had found CrossFit sooner because it has really helped me to appreciate my body for what it can do.

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