It had to come up sometime…
It seems that the great “Does Crossfit Makes Women Bulky?” debate has circled like a vulture and finally landed in Gales Gardens. The mere mention of it on Facebook started a long thread of comments, so I thought it would be good to have the debate here for all to participate.
Here’s my starter for ten. As many of you know, I’ve undergone a transformation myself. The Zone diet has removed a lot of body fat, and Crossfit has made me stronger and fitter. While I was losing stone after stone, everyone would compliment on how great I looked. But recently, some are commenting on the more obvious muscularity that’s being revealed/developed. Jokes about arm wrestling, not wanting to get in a fight with me, that sort of thing. I’m not in the least bothered – I’d much rather have scary triceps than be an obese weakling.
I work on a women’s magazine. Every few months, we cast a cover shoot from hundreds of models. (I must mention now that most of our girls are from a pool who would be too short/large for catwalk work. They have healthy BMI’s). Five are chosen; they have hours of hair and makeup, are dressed, lit, shot – followed by more hours of extensive Photoshop retouching, before finally making it into print. If you ever wanted to be reassured that NO-ONE is perfect – come and visit me at work.
We are all relentlessly bombarded by the media as to what a female ideal looks like. Tall, skinny, well dressed, frail. No matter how much we love our Crossfit WODs, some can’t help but be haunted by the spectre of ‘getting bulky’ and be afraid we will cash in our femininity chips for good.
Yes, we know, women don’t have enough testosterone to grow huge muscle. But let’s be truthful – some do get more muscular, and don’t like it. What’s the answer?
Some trainers out in Interweb land have sniffily pronounced that aesthetics have no place in Crossfit, it’s all about increasing your work capacity. This sounds like an overdose of Kool-Aid to me. C’mon, admit it; everyone wants to feel as good about their looks as their Fran time.
I would personally like to see a sea-change in attitude about ideal female body type, as cogently and entertainingly argued here. But bottom line, I wish everyone enough confidence and contentment to carry off whatever nature, nutrition, plus 3-days-on, one-day-off, has bestowed. The argument may not be Does Crossfit make women bulky? so much as “Yes it does, so what?”
So over to you, what do you think? Gents, please jump in too – this debate includes you. And everyone, be honest!