I don't encounter much of this at the gym, I have a good time interacting with people who enjoy the same pursuits, although I must admit, they are almost all men. I guess that's where "we" congregate...birds of a feather flock together right?Is it athletic attractiveness, freak show or fetish? I was driving into work thinking about this, and what makes me, or anyone like me such a curiosity to others? I think I am just a regular mom and wife who happens to have a passion for weight training. This passion has changed my body to what it looks like today. I thrive at the gym, I cannot recall a time when I didn’t want to go, ever. I love waking up and knowing that’s what I get to do. I feel alive, accomplished and healthy.
Instead of sitting around watching TV or shopping or drinking in a bar, I lift weights. Real freaky right?
Lock the kids up! The freak has arrived and she might teach them how to squat! People always want to know when I started; why did I start; how do I do it every day? How to I stick to a clean diet most of the time? I love to chat with these people and hear their stories and how I inspire them.
Oh believe me, I get many other interesting questions too, many I don't really want to repeat. Some of it gets downright creepy at times. I realize that I have lots of pictures out there with little clothing, but I walk around the gym like this, so why would it be a big deal on the Internet? You can easily find many other sites that are designed to be provocative and are not related to training at all.
I started my blog to answer all the questions about training and diet and competing, about how I learned to be successful. It seems to have morphed over the years, just as I have.
But why am I such a curiosity? Why do so many people find muscular women so odd, like they are freaks of nature? If you think about it, a freak is the woman who does not exercise, who eats packaged garbage and remains weak and frail. Why is that not the freak? I exercise, I eat right and have taken the time to learn which foods and nutrients create an aesthetically pleasing body, one that shuns body fat and thrives on muscle growth; one that functions at its optimum everyday; this to me, seems normal. I don't do this for anyone but myself. I don't think I am going to get my "pro-card", I am not a trainer, so why would that matter? I have no illusions about becoming a model or landing a supplement endorsement contract. I am 51 years old for goodness sake...
I do it for me and me alone. I love to lift, I love to feel good, I love to look good.
But I still wonder all the time:
What's all the fuss about?