Hi lovelies! Another week! A very exciting one because it’s Faye’s Rainhill Trials week!! On Friday we’re heading down to Manchester and on Saturday she’s competing. I’m so excited for her. I know she’ll smash it. At the end of the day you enter these things to push yourself and see how well you do and no matter how she does on Saturday she’ll have proven a lot of things to herself. I’m so proud of her already. I’m also looking forward to seeing Manchester for the first time. I know we won’t have a huge amount of time to actually see the city but we’ll have some time on Sunday to see bits and go for a nice brunch before we head back up to Glasgow. It’s going to be an amazing weekend but full of nerves.
I came across this amazing video by adidas the other day in the world of the internet and thought it was pretty amazing! I love how it showcases women who are really badass and that there are some insanely awesome women who are out there doing incredible things in sport.
One thing that really struck a chord with me was when the voice says “They are expected to succeed in their sport whilst maintaining femininity”. It’s something I think a lot of girls struggle with, this expectation for them to look a certain way when they train. We need to look” feminine” and a lot of the time femininity is associated with being skinny. I think it’s great that adidas are showing women in this video in different sporty physiques with bodies that are like machines. Showing what a strong body can look like and that that’s feminine too. Being strong and looking strong is feminine as well, not only manly. You are a female (if you identify as a female) and therefore whatever body you have is feminine. It’s just a body at the end of the day. Of course you need to take care of it through movement, food and rest for it to function well but it’s not your entire being. Sometimes we forget that.
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard girls around me being scared of building muscle because they don’t want to look too bulky. I don’t worry about that anymore because first of all, lifting weights doesn’t automatically equal getting bulky but also I want my body to get stronger and feel stronger. I want it to be better and therefore my body needs to change and will change. I don’t care if I get “bulky” but it would take a lot for me to get a stage like that. I’m yet to see any woman who I know who looks too bulky from training.
What do you think of adidas video? Would love to hear!