As someone whose part-time "job" is Instagram, I am constantly on the popular app. I scroll through more photos of asses and abs than an average teenage boy. I'm not complaining because I admire the work of a female figure. I drool over glutes, quads, delts, and six packs. I wish I could high-five these women through my phone screen, but a simple "double tap" will have to suffice. I appreciate these muscles because I know what it takes to get there. It takes sweat, soreness, tears, nausea, and a well-planned diet.
I'm constantly posting gym selfies, or the pump after a good workout, or my abs on a good day. There is no shame in my [Instagram] game. I have no problem with others sharing these images as well. In the fitness industry successes come in the form of gym selfies or photoshoots. I applaud it. I know a lot of people find it narcissistic, annoying, and pointless. I also know these people have never been part of the #fitfam. I love the fitness community on social media. I find it motivating, encouraging, and goal-oriented.
With all of that said, I think there is a fine line between inspiring and raunchy. As I'm scrolling, I'm unfollowing more and more accounts. I'm seeing a lot of assholes (literally) and a lot of titties. I didn't realize these things were muscles. I know that lifting weights didn't grow you a set of double D's and everyone is born with a pooper. Wow. That was a lot of ass and titties in that paragraph.
I know, I know. I might get a lot of people jumping down my throat for writing this. I am not bashing boob jobs or bubble butts. If you've got it, flaunt it. If you bought it, flaunt it. If it makes you confident then go for it. Hey, I plan on getting a boob job after I pop out some kiddos. I'm just saaaaayin', be classy about it.
There are better ways of showing your successes. I think photography is an art, and if done correctly, it can really portray the beauty of someone's body. I also think if an iPhone is all you have, then work it! Work that mirror selfie at the gym and flex those hamstrings with all you've got. Just do it in a way that doesn't sexualize you. You're more than a piece of meat.
There is nothing wrong with feeling sexy or confident. There is also nothing wrong with showing that off. I love feeling like I could kick someone's ass, while looking like a vixen. I don't know if I've ever pulled that off actually, but the point is...I'll [attempt to] take those types of photos all day. I'll post them on Instagram too because I think it's empowering. Maybe I'll inspire someone to find their inner confidence or work towards building a body they're proud of.
The fitness industry should be about inspiring others, not giving people hard-ons. Let's remember what this community is about. It's about putting in hard work, exercising in more than a piece of floss, and celebrating our triumphs.
Stay classy, San Diego.