I’m about to go where no woman has gone before.
I’m putting a whole bunch of unflattering pictures of myself in spandex on the Internet.
Crazy, I know, but I’m doing it for a good reason. Someone, and it may as well be me, has to look un-gorgeous when they exercise. I read just about every fitness magazine, and I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to inspiring fitness pictures. In every single one of these pictures nary a droplet of sweat has broken through the skin. Hair is still perfectly coifed, and no one, NO ONE ever makes silly grunty faces. There are no rolls of fat, or weird bra line chub that gets pushed up from tight sports bras.
And don’t even get me started on exercise videos. How do they not sweat? No one ever sweats in exercise videos– I know, I’m watching them exercise.
I’m here to say it’s okay to look like a growly sweaty monster when you work out. Hell, I think the worse you look while working out, the better you look when you’re not.
I had my trainer (otherwise known as The Fella) snap photos of me today as I made my way through my current routine. Here’s what it looks like:
Weighted Alternating Lunges
FYI: My foot is a little too far in, my ankle should be under my knee.
These pictures come in handy for me, too.
High Bench Step Up
Dumbbell Bench Press
May I Please Be Excused to Go Die Now?
Tricep Press Downs/Extensions
I burned more calories in my strength training workout than I did while doing cardio earlier in the day. I don’t think I could have had that kind of burn if I was worried about what I looked like.
Go ahead and get sweaty. Get grunty. Do that weird contraction deep breathing face thing. It’s all in a day’s workout.
If you’re proud to look like you’re working out, feel free to send me pictures of your sweaty fit self, I’d love to post them and a bit about your favorite workout. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, right, I ate a whole bunch of stuff too…
Weetabix with banana and almond milk
Scrambled egg whites
Salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, carrot, hard boiled egg, and avocado
Dressed with olive oil and apple cider vinegar
Post Workout Snacks
AM Cardio: Smoothie with almond milk, frozen strawberries and vanilla protein powder
PM Weight Lifting: Cliff Builder’s Bar
Vegetable soup, salad and multi-grain bread