Just a forewarning – this is unlikely to be your standard “fitness blog”, where I tell you the 49 best ways to improve your squat, or the secret list of foods that will kill your belly fat stone dead… This is going to be more of a first step into some aspects of the fitness industry that lie just beneath the surface, but are very rarely discussed.
I find the “fitspiration” to be counterproductive. People are fed this idea that if you work out, then you’ll look like these people! In reality, particularly for women, the body fat percentage of the people in fitspo images is extremely, extremely difficult to obtain. By starting out with an unrealistic standard, you’re greatly reducing the chance that people will stick with exercise… that body fat percentage takes a very specific diet, and people aren’t always aware of that, so they consider the exercise a “failure” if they don’t start looking super cut. See: Why Don’t I Look Like My Goal Physique?
This was where I think the cross training for triathlon was good. I’ve never been fond of running, but I attributed aspects of fitness/strength increases in other things (swimming, cycling) that motivated me to want to maintain that. I’ve reached a point where I’m happy with my body fat percentage. I eat now to maintain, but could stand to eat a little less if I want to see more definition. But it’s not a priority. What a difference a year has made.