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Beauty in Strength

My name is Rita, and I’m from Fremont, California. I am Jackie Perez and I’m from Dublin, California. My name is Erin Cianciolo and I’m from Alexandria, Virginia. My name is Andrea Ager and I’m from Denver, Colorado, and now I live in Los Angeles. I’ve been CrossFitting for two years in September.
I’ve been CrossFitting since 2008. About two and a half … almost three years now. I’ve been CrossFitting for five years. Working hard and doing a lot of CrossFit will not get you bulky. I work at an all girls gym and I love it but that’s what every girl comes in saying. Every single girl. Because they don’t want to look bulky and they don’t want to be, um, so lean that they lose their boobs. Or they lose their butt.
You know, they want to keep their curves. And that’s normal. I always try to tell them, just like, don’t worry what your body is going to look like. Just worry about your diet. Worry about things you can control. And it’ll end up being exactly what you want. Back in high school I was uncomfortable with how I looked. Throughout the whole time, I either wasn’t blonde enough. I wasn’t skinny enough.
I didn’t have a big enough butt. My butt was too big. I don’t think I was ever confident in myself because I never I guess I never put the work hard to look a certain way. So I never liked what I saw because it wasn’t what I wanted to see. My perception of beauty has changed over the last few years. It went from okay, there’s this woman in the magazine This small, tiny little waify thing. With, you know, a lot of makeup covering their faces.
OK, that was beauty. But it wasn’t real beauty. Looking at that now I’m able to identify the difference of this is someone made to look a certain way to be presented on a magazine. And true beauty, part of it’s strength and fitness and confidence in yourself. It changes everything. I used to eat good, workout really hard go home, look in the mirror like *sigh* I still don’t see what I’m looking for.
Because I wasn’t doing any of the work to get there. I was just trying to be skinny. That wasn’t getting me anywhere. With CrossFit I set goals. Like, I want to deadlift 225. I am going to hit that faster and I’m going to look in the mirror and like what I see. So performance goals are going to get there faster which is going to get you to what you want to look like. Most people think this is going to happen really quick, and it’s not going to happen really quick.
It’s going to take some time. It’s going to take a lot of goal setting. It’s going to take a lot of hard work. A lot of people don’t want to do that. I think that hard work and the way that your body looks are … go so hand in hand. But I think people want to do either one or the other.
Any they notice … they realize after looking at someone’s body like ‘I don’t want to look like that.’ And they watch them train. And they go ‘Oh my gosh, I’m going to have a lot of work to do.’ ‘Until that happens.’ But once you do get a body that you want it, um, it you’re very proud of it. You’re very proud of what your body can do. CrossFit has made me more confident. Made me stronger.
It’s made me more fit than I’ve ever been, than I ever thought I could be. I don’t have to wear sweats because I don’t feel good in what I’m wearing. I just feel much better all around. I’m not working out to look good. I’m working out to be strong, to be fit. CrossFit actually made me gain muscle and lose fat. which was exactly what my body wanted. And now it’s kind of like a homeostasis. Like now it’s happy this way.
But I think for a long time I was trying to change it so much because I thought I knew what I wanted to look like. And now I’ve very comfortable. My guy friends beforehand, you know, sexy girl with somebody, you know, big breasts big butt tiny waist. Now it’s changed. They see these girls, you know, they have shoulders. They’re strong. You know, not what you had seen before.
I mean, it’s completely changed. Men are always now like, ‘Oh wow, that girl she looks amazing.’ ‘She’s so strong.’ Muscle. I think muscle is really pretty, and it enhances a woman’s looks. I’ve worked my butt off. I’ve trained really hard. I’m very proud of my physique. I always think that I look the same. And I live in a community where I teach and work at multiple gyms. And I’m only around CrossFitters.
When I go other places, that’s when people are like ‘Oh my gosh, what do you do?’ Or like, ‘Are you a bodybuilder?’ Or ‘Are you a CrossFitter?’ Or they like ask these questions and I’m like … I don’t ever think I look different. And it’s actually something people hadn’t expected. Before men, ‘I don’t want my girlfriend to have, you know, big traps.’ ‘I don’t want her to be strong. I don’t want her to look a certain way.’
Now it’s like, ‘Wow, I really think that my girlfriend’s beautiful’ ‘because she’s so much stronger. She has muscle tone.’ And it became like that whole song that came out, my chick bad, my chick hood. That kind of just exemplifies what CrossFit has done you know, to, um, show how women have changed with CrossFit.
And how men look at them. I’m girly. I’m a tomboy most of the time. I’m a woman. And I’m also a CrossFit athlete. I’m a mother. I’m 36. And I’m a CrossFit athlete. I’m 28 years old, and I’m a CrossFit athlete. I’m 22. I’m beautiful, I’m strong, and I’m a CrossFit athlete.