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#2491 – CF Women and “bulk”

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Tuesday 12/13/16

The More Things Change

This is a very well written article by Elisabeth Akinwale a top level CF games athlete on women, “bulking up” and what is considered applicable for womens bodies.

by: Elisabeth Akinwale

“I’m Not Trying To Be That Diesel”.
There’s this insidious thing that won’t seem to go away, and it is the incessant chatter about athletic women’s bodies- is it ok for women to have muscles? Is strong really better than skinny? I don’t know if men are the main perpetrators or if it’s mostly us doing this to each other (let’s blame the men, that’s more fun). Either way, it’s apparent that certain forces are less than enthusiastic about the fairer sex being yoked. Don’t be scared, everything is going to be ok, even if us gals get barbells in our hands. I usually chalk the negativity up to mostly internet trolls- a subsect of the population I find it best to ignore. Frankly, I just don’t like giving life to the subject by discussing it further. I don’t feel the need to defend my choices for my body, or encourage others to choose the same path I have….

…. I came away from these two occurrences shaking my head and more convinced than ever that the best way to deal with this obsession with critiquing women’s bodies is to identify your own beliefs and values about your body and what you choose to do with it, and say FTW. Whether it’s too “manly” because you’re lifting weights, or too curvaceous because you’re lifting weights, or too thin because you like to run, or too whatever.

Read on HERE


3 Rounds
8 Burpees
8 Wallballs
8 Toes to Bar

Rest 10 seconds between each movement

Hang Power Cleans 135/95#
Hand Stand Push Ups
KB Swings 70/53#

Hang Power Cleans 95/65#
Box Push Ups (or Seated Press)
KB Swings 35/26#