Why 'Fitspiration' Isn't So Inspirational

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By: , – Molly Galbraith
11/29/2013 12:00 AM   :  95 comments   :  33,123 Views

Warning: The images and words in this post could be triggering to anyone who has had an eating disorder.

"Strong is the new skinny."
 "When I exercise, I wear all black because it's like a funeral for my fat."
"Skinny is not sexy. Healthy is."

You've probably heard or read the quotes listed above at some point. They're known as "fitspiration" or "fitspo" for short. Fitspo pictures and posters are typically images of extremely fit, lean, and muscular women, with motivational quotes on them like the ones displayed above. 

Fitspo is supposed to be a healthy alternative "thinspo" (short for thinspiration). Thinspiration images typically display extremely thin women with motivational quotes regarding getting and staying thin.  In general, these were first created by online users who wanted to inspire and support women with eating disorders to continue with their disorders and stay as thin as possible.

Yikes.

Good thing fitspo became popular, huh?  At least now we have lots of healthy images floating around the web inspiring women to be healthy and strong instead of skinny, right?

Maybe not.  

You see, it's pretty obvious to the general public that thinspo isn't healthy.  We all know that aspiring to achieve a below-normal weight or developing an eating disorder to become extremely skinny is an unhealthy thing.  Not only do people who work to become unhealthily thin lose muscle mass and bone mass, but their body goes into survival mode and starts shutting down less important bodily processes like digestion and reproduction.

Fitspo on the other hand, is generally regarded as healthy.  The men and women pictured are fit, lean, and muscular.  So they must be super healthy and in-shape, right?
 
Not always. 

As I discussed in my previous blog, for some people, being very lean is extremely difficult to achieve and hard on the body.  Not all of us are designed to walk around with veins popping and our abs showing.  Sometimes, we can accomplish it for a short period of time, but what are we sacrificing in the long-term?  Our health? Our performance? Our sanity? Maybe all three.

This is what makes fitspo even scarier than thinspo in some ways.  Your average Jane Doe will recognize that the bodies shown in the thinspo images are not only very hard to attain, but definitely not healthy.  On the other hand, Jane usually doesn't recognize that the bodies shown in the fitspo pictures aren't always healthy or realistic for everyone, or that they're usually incredibly difficult to attain and maintain (despite what the creator of the fitspo images wants you to think).

But let's set health aside for a second.  Let's assume that the fitspo body is a healthy body.  Even then, what message are the fitspo posters sending?  That we should all be fit, lean, and muscular (not to mention tan, glistening, and busty too, right?) 

So how should you feel about yourself if you're not those things?   What if you're fair-skinned or flat-chested or can't get a six-pack to save your life, or have cellulite on your legs or extra skin from giving birth to a baby—despite doing your best to exercise and eat right consistently?

Should you feel like you aren't good enough? Aren't fit enough? Don't work hard enough? That maybe it's all your fault and you're just making too many excuses?

If this is what we look at and compare ourselves to, this is what becomes the standard by which we measure ourselves.  If we don't measure up, we feel like we are "lesser than."

I get it.  Fitspo is supposed to be a positive thing.  The images are intended to be motivating and inspiring images of strong, healthy women.  And I have no doubt that a lot of women who look at them do find some motivation to start exercising or not let excuses get the best of them.

But you know what's funny? 

The women who are inspired by those images tend to already be really fit!  Those who aren't already fit, and those who do need motivation to work out and take care of themselves feel intimidated by them and feel like they can't measure up. 

So the goal of fitspo and the feelings most women have after viewing fitspo, are in fact, completely opposite.  Instead of feeling motivated, many women feel like they aren't good enough.

Not to mention, some of these "uplifting" sayings actually put other groups of people down
 
There are dozens of "motivational" fitspo posters floating around with phrases like, "Real women have curves," or, "Real women have muscles." These posters are designed to encourage women who do look like that to feel good about their bodies.  And that's great.  But if you look more closely, they are doing it at the expense of other women.

Saying, "Real women have muscles," is extremely insulting to women who aren't muscular.  Telling a woman that she is not a "real woman" because she isn't curvy is an absolutely nasty and demeaning thing to say, too. 

It boils down to this: spreading the message that women "should be" skinny, curvy, muscular, voluptuous, fit, lean, toned, etc. is complete crap.  And that's what thinspo and fitspo both have in common.

Society doesn't get to dictate how our bodies should look, and putting other women and their bodies down in order to feel better about our own is NEVER a good thing.  The more that we spread negativity and hate, the more the negativity and hate will come back to us.
 
So what's the solution?

The solution is actually my life's mission:

To help women have grace and compassion when it comes to their bodies.

You see, when we have grace and compassion for our own bodies, then we afford that same grace and compassion to others.  We don't need to insult anyone's body to feel better about our own.   

Now I'm not saying that this is an easy task, but here's a tip to help. Next time you're tempted to turn to a fitspo poster for inspiration, why don't you sit down and think about your unique body, what you love about it, and what it allows you to do.

Can you run far? Jump high? Lift heavy? Move around without getting winded?

Can you change the water cooler at work without anyone's help or hoist 50-pound bags of dog food over your shoulder?

Does your body allow you to nurture and take care of yourself and your family?

Does your butt look absolutely killer in a nice pair of jeans?

Figure out what you love the most and are most proud of about your body, and don't forget it.  Then, share the wealth.  Give a friend a genuine compliment.  Tell her what you think is awesome about her body.  Not in relation to yours, or anyone else's.  Make it about her.  She will feel good, you will feel good, and the "good" will keep spreading.  

And that is more inspiring than a fitspo poster any day of the week.
 
What do you think? Do you find "fitspiration" images to be inspiring or insulting?


About the Author
Molly Galbraith is a strength coach and co-owner of J&M Strength and Conditioning, a rapidly expanding, private gym in Lexington, Kentucky, for professional athletes and the general public alike. She is also co-founder of the wildly popular Girls Gone Strong group, a movement dedicated to changing the way women train. Her mission is to, ''Help women give themselves grace and compassion when it comes to their bodies, and to help them discover and accept what their best body looks like, with minimal time and effort.'' She has also been an expert contributor to magazines like Oxygen andExperience Life. No stranger to the gym herself, she has competed in both figure and powerlifting and her best lifts include a 275-lb. squat, a 165-lb. bench press, and a 341-lb. deadlift. You can find out more about Molly by visiting her website, and you can keep up with her latest adventures on Facebook and Twitter


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  • 95
    As a person with depression, I find fitspo to be intimidating and even dispiriting. When I look at these gorgeous, strong, thin girls it makes me feel as if I can never achieve those looks- instead of being motivated. - 11/12/2014   3:35:40 AM
  • 94
    I find this blog correct in every way, but an ironic indictment against SparkPeople. I have alternated between bemused and mildly disgusted at the images SparkPeople uses. They consistently preach what I believe is a healthy lifestyle, but then show only thin, attractive models, including the coaches and workout videos, or even in their one-line motivational quotes. Granted, I suppose the coaches should be healthy, but they look just like the models in the photos. There is no reason an inspirational quote has to show a thin, even skinny young woman in stylish workout clothing. Why not a man? Why not in casual clothing, or with children? Why not sometimes, to be fair, but not always? I find it ironic, or even hypocritical. - 8/28/2014   10:12:34 PM
  • 93
    Not offended at all. I believe most of us know that each woman (man) is built differently.
    We also know that being obese is not healthy.
    Health and Beauty are two different things: One can ALWAYS be beautiful, at any size. However, one cannot always be HEALTHY at any size. - 8/28/2014   4:33:59 PM
  • 92
    If you're bothered by people who seek to be fit and lean, and find these pictures distressing, YOU have a problem.

    Why is is the end of the world whenever flabby/overweight/obese/unfit people are called out as such, but it's perfectly for flabby/obese/overweight/unfit people to hurl insults are people who are in good shape?

    Such hipocrisy. - 8/28/2014   12:36:25 PM
  • 91
    Love this article. The women in the pictures are young and beautiful, and have obviously put in a lot of gym time to achieve their physiques, but they also have a genetic predisposition to being lean that not all women do. Fit and healthy comes in all different sizes. We need to focus on acceptance and love of ourselves, and all women. We are more than our bodies, and I think that often gets lost in the media, and even in a weight loss community! - 8/28/2014   8:30:51 AM
  • 90
    I used to worry all the time about not being pretty/thin/fit enough. As you age that you recognize that attitude for the waste of effort that it is. Be good to yourself, guard your health, and disregard the rest. Most of the images in fitness ads are photo shopped any way. Nobody really looks like that! - 8/20/2014   1:58:35 AM
  • NDAKOTAAJ
    89
    What is sad to me is how many of the visuals I see on this site could be referred to by this story. Hello - start listening - visuals with REAL people in them are long overdue HERE. If we cannot come here and see it, where are we to look? - 8/14/2014   2:17:30 PM
  • 88
    Is it just me, or are these women actually too thin anyway? Really strong lean women that I know look slim but more sold than this. - 8/13/2014   12:15:23 PM
  • 87
    Thank you for putting into words what I've been noticing and feeling as I've looked at these images and posts. They do tend to leave me feeling more discouraged than inspired. - 7/14/2014   2:23:27 PM
  • RUSSELL_40
    86
    I think that it is different for guys than women. First of all, my ideal guy is fit, but not skinny. I am 5'8", and the guy in a photo to " inspire me ", might be 170. That is attainable for me, and I may never develop the biceps, or chest he has, but it isn't unrealistic.

    Women on the other hand have a fitness model who is 5'6" 125 lbs to emulate.

    The disparity is amazing. I am a few inches taller than the average woman, but considered fit at 164, who probably needs to be 134, or be considered " chunky. How can 3 " of height support an extra 30 lbs.? It doesn't. The weight expectations imposed on women are ridiculous. Men might have an extra 5-10 lbs. of muscle, but not 25-30. That extra 20 lbs. is fat, which men are allowed to carry without comment, and women aren't. No one looks at a 170 lb guy, and says " You only have 4 abs. getting a bit chunky! "

    I think the problem with body image, is the images put forward, but also the difference in critique between the sexes. It is much more difficult for a woman to reach what society deems " fit " to be, than what it does for men. If we did to men, what we have to women, my ideal would be about 140, and men would balk at it. Meanwhile, we don't stop and talk enough about how ridiculous it is to suggest that a 145-155 lb. woman isn't a normal weight. We ask women to hit the low end of the range for weight, and tell men to hit the middle.

    That being said, I think that these images are worthless anyways. If you aren't inspired, a photo of someone else won't inspire you. My first gym had posters of Arnold on every wall, yet none of us looked like that, or were inspired. The person who is excited about the photos, is usually the person putting them up, whether on a wall, or FB.

    Find something that inspires YOU, and put that on your fridge. For me, it is goals for exercise. If I do those, how I look will just happen, and may differ from the ideal man, but all I can control is my exercise and diet. - 7/13/2014   9:06:46 PM
  • 85
    I love my body. I love it even more since I've been doing Body Pump three days a week. I have some definition and tone. I think these posters are fine. I don't want women to be thought of as fragile creatures who must love their body no matter what. It's because we were unsatisfied with the state of our bodies that we took matters into our own hands and decided to eat better, exercise more, and take care of ourselves. Will I ever bench 200? Probably not. But I did eight push ups off my knees the other day. To me, that is an accomplishment. And I am going to keep pushing myself so I can get stronger and better. I would submit that women who do not have emotional issues find these types of posters truly inspirational, and I would urge you not to wave them off trying to get healthy. - 7/13/2014   7:22:13 PM
  • 84
    Great discussion about an important topic! - 7/13/2014   6:41:47 PM
  • 83
    Thank you for the eating disorder trigger warning! I clicked on the "fitspo" link like a moth clicks on internet pictures of flames. Now I'm going to leave this article without reading it. - 7/13/2014   11:27:51 AM
  • 82
    I understand what the author is saying about the ads and body image. I feel though it would only be a problem for people with body image issues. As for I, I understand my body and except that I will never look like other people and do not compare myself to other people. I actually do not have a problem with these 'fitspiration' images. I like the overall saying of fit is healthy not skinny. For years women hear about how one should be skinny. What comes next is people taking ownership for their own bodies and figure out what 'fit' means for their body. Yes, there is a picture of an extremely well toned person, but ok its just a picture. Like I stated before, people have to understand their own body and know they may or may not look like that picture. If they do not look like the picture, it should no be a problem. If we keep allowing ourselves to be bothered by what we see on the internet, we are going to make ourselves crazy! Take everything with a grain of salt. Understanding and excepting your own body is what it all comes down to. - 7/13/2014   11:17:20 AM
  • 81
    Good points for the most part, but I don't believe all fitspiration is bad. There are very few but growing types of fitspiration that actually highlights the health (mental and physical) benefits of exercise like increased energy and a healthy heart. Success stories of REAL people who went on weight loss journeys, including through SparkPeople, are actually the types of positive fitspiration we can look to. You can learn from them on their eating and exercise habits. Best of all, the before and after photos are not retouched and they all show their faces. Even though it's not advisable to compare yourself with others, success stories are one of the best motivatiors to exercise and eat right because the pictures are minimally edited! - 5/24/2014   8:22:17 AM
  • 80
    "...when we have grace and compassion for our own bodies, then we afford that same grace and compassion to others." That's so beautiful I teared up...that is a vital point. - 4/26/2014   10:01:20 AM
  • KNOTARY1
    79
    a six pack on a girl does not seem sexy to me. a six pack on a guy does not seem sexy to me either but that's just a hetero thing. - 4/21/2014   6:45:13 PM
  • UILSKUIKEN
    78
    This article was posted on sparkpeople's "fitspo" pinterest board. Why have that board if fitspo is so offensive? And all women do have muscles, the heart is a muscle. - 3/20/2014   6:27:52 AM
  • KAZFROMOZ
    77
    Hey - what about the guys who seem to be left out of this discussion? Some guys feel the same way as we gals when they see fitness mags of perfect abs etc. They also have problems of bulimia and anorexia - we should be not only kinder to ourselves, but not give backhanded "compliments" or jibes to them either! Oh, and you Senior GIRLS - have a look on line, and find the 80 year old gymnast in Germany, the world's oldest model (she's French), ( the 80+ year old who runs a marathon US), a 70+ gym teacher (US) and many others, Jack La Lane (US) and a whole lot more for inspiration. The runner had arthritis - but she finished! I don't give a hoot for magazine models - but I will take a tip or two to try and see if it works for me - if not - move on... Inspiration is the key word, and, believe it or not, I also take a lot of it from you at any age, shape or whatever. You have something to say that is important to me too. Thanks. - 1/26/2014   3:48:51 PM
  • 76
    Bravo! We aren't all suppose to look the same or turn out the same and EVERYONE NEEDS TO HEAR THAT! Thanks for the awesome article. - 1/18/2014   7:49:38 AM
  • 75
    THANK YOU for writing this!!!! As a disabled person, I am constantly put down because I don't meet any of the images of thin or "fit." It is demeaning and discouraging. It makes me feel as if no matter what I do or how hard I try, I'll never be good enough. Thank you thank you thank you for not being afraid to discuss this openly and directly!! - 1/16/2014   10:11:49 PM
  • 74
    Totally agree with the article with regard to the dangers of fitspo. I have a problem suspending my disbelief with some of these pics. Really? No photoshop involved? - 12/22/2013   12:01:22 PM
  • 73
    I do not like the images on this , nor do I like to see them on other Sparkers pages....I like real.....on the other hand, the article was good, but having a healthy mind is what keeps from being offended or disenchanted.... - 12/16/2013   11:28:21 AM
  • 72
    to me the motto should be Healthy is the new sexy....it should involve women and men all shapes and sizes enjoy things like walking, swimming playing sport or working out and things like "Thanks to the love for myself I now am working to achieve a healthier lifestyle" Healthy is the new sexy, you may not be thin, you may not be muscular but as long as you are taking steps to stay active and eat well then you are healthy and that IS sexy - 12/14/2013   11:56:34 PM
  • INGHND
    71
    If you are mentally healthy these pictures don't matter what matters is what you want to look like! They don't make me do anything I don't want to do!! - 12/5/2013   12:31:29 AM
  • HOVEURT
    70
    Her Father would be so proud! Long Live the GATEWOOD Legacy! - 12/4/2013   7:24:09 PM
  • LLMANN565
    69
    It's interesting to me that the author is so very accurate in her article on how fitspro images and sayings can be damaging to a women's self image yet, her "wildly popular" group Girls Gone Strong has the word girl in its title. From what I could see from her blog she is not targeting girls but women. I know, I know here goes another "women's liber" spouting off about the title girl. Yes and no. The title "girl" is just as detrimental to women's self image as say a fitspro or a thinspro image or saying. If we allow ourselves to be called girls then we will be seen as girls. You may think but who cares because I am grown and have the body of a women. Exactly - We don't go to a Pediatrician now that we are women because we have different needs, biologically, physically and emotionally. But referring to ourselves as girls is just as silly as referring to ourselves as stupid or fat. Labels can have negative effects that we have no control over. Ms. Galbraith makes the valid point that the fitspro "real women have muscles" is insulting to women who don't have fit muscles. And while this saying may be motivational to some there is no doubt that it can be included in the 1000's of confusing, sub-textural images and ideas girls and women are faced with everyday about who they are or who they think they should be. Think deeply about the word girl and see if you want to continue to refer to yourself as, just that, a girl. Or, would you rather have grace and compassion towards yourself as a women. - 12/4/2013   1:38:02 PM
  • 68
    Bravo !!! - 12/4/2013   11:42:11 AM
  • GHYSLAINE27
    67
    Very good read. I agree with some of your points. As a full figured women who used to be hurt by these fitspo, I can honestly say that I no longer look to anyone but myself and how I feel to know if I am healthy and sexy. I may never have a flat stomach and a six pack, but that doesn't make me less inspirational to others. - 12/4/2013   11:30:08 AM
  • 66
    A thousand times yes. - 12/4/2013   11:19:55 AM
  • 65
    Depending on what the picture is, the saying itself could be great, but especially here on SP, we're all shapes and sizes, and seeing muscled, attractive women, are just as bad as the magazine pictures as models. No all of us will look like that, and that is ok. But it's showing us, the same things in a different way, then advertising models in magazines do.. The saying are usually wonderful, but it's the pictures.

    that is one thing I love about coach Nicole, she isn't one of those women in the pictures, she looks like an average women, and she works out, she isn't skinny, she isn't full of muscles showing. She is just an attractive women, who enjoys exercise and helping us as well. - 12/4/2013   9:57:20 AM
  • 64
    Very interesting , ty for sharing - 12/4/2013   4:21:58 AM
  • MAMAZON
    63
    Real women come in all sizes. - 12/3/2013   9:51:28 PM
  • DELLMEL
    62
    Great. - 12/3/2013   7:37:35 PM
  • 61
    Bravo! - 12/3/2013   7:34:19 PM
  • 60
    This is one of the best Sparkpeople articles I've read. Thank you. - 12/3/2013   4:39:55 PM
  • 59
    I'm not sure why people get offended by posters with pics of someone they don't know. Just be yourself, work out and make yourself healthy. Look for inspiration in the real world. But don't be so sensitive that a poster can hurt your feelings.

    I wonder if the writer of the blog feels that her pictures on her personal blog could actually cause someone to be frustrated because they don't look like that. http://mollygalbraith.com /

    I think you look great. I personally don't want to lift, and that's fine with me. I swim, bike and run. I'm confident and happy with myself. Everyone needs to quit focusing on others and realize it's all about being the best you you can be. - 12/3/2013   3:21:08 PM
  • 58
    Tri_Babe, I see where you are coming from. I assume that you think that thinspo images are fine as well because it motivates some people also. However, most people do not think they look good like you do. And that's why people use these images to try and motivate them. They want to achieve these exact body types. So, a lot of these things do not roll off their backs. When people read things like, "Real Women Have Curves", they feel bad if they do not have them. I wish everyone can love their bodies like you and realize that beauty is not full of guidelines. - 12/3/2013   12:18:41 PM
  • 57
    Why focus on the negative? I think it's great if people get inspired by these images and sayings. If not, then ignore them. You can choose to look at things as a put-down and take them personally, or not. Again, your choice.

    I used to work at a gym teaching group exercise. I had moved to the Midwest from California. I would workout in a sports bra and shorts just because I got hot, so that's what I would teach in. I got a negative year-end review for it, because the manager that was there said, even though there was no dress-code, the way I dressed needed to change because I might intimidate some members of the aerobics classes. What?? Discriminate against me and give me a negative because I am very fit? I would think that people would get inspired that what I was doing was actually working. Why should I have to cover myself up and make myself uncomfortable while working out because some people "might" get offended or intimidated? I had many clients come up to me and want me to train them because they wanted to get closer to my shape.

    It's all in the way you look at it. You have the CHOICE to be positive about people's accomplishments and the way everyone looks, whatever that may be, or negative about the way you think it makes you look in comparison. I am thin, and I think I look good. So sayings like "Real Women Have Curves" don't bother me, because I'm not going by what others say or think, but what I say and think about myself. A friend of mine posted on Facebook recently, "If you can wear skinny jeans, you need to do squats." I had the choice to be offended, angry and respond negatively, or just laugh it off and say well at least I can wear and look good in skinny jeans. I _chose_ the latter. - 12/3/2013   11:42:44 AM
  • AZURE-SKY
    56
    When you stop to think that these people were selected for the photos specifically for their looks, they are no more relevant to "normal" human beings than a runway model.

    I've never found pictures/posters of super-fit people inspirational. I know I'll never look like them, so I just can't relate, or even take them seriously. I'm 5'2", 61 years old, and even if I did lose all the weight, I'd have so much extra, wrinkled skin - I'd more closely resemble a prune than a fitness model - LOL!!!

    I find my inspiration within. I don't compete with anyone but myself, I set my own goals, and never compare myself or my progress with anyone else.


    - 12/3/2013   11:32:06 AM
  • ROBINCLINEFF
    55
    The images need to be more realistic. Most working women manging a household and children can not and probably should not be prioritizing that kind of time for physical fitness. If they manage a work out several times a week and healthy eating - that's a win for them and their families. I think acheiving 'healthy' is a good priority and showing images that are un-attainable just make people feel discouraged. Can't they just show "normally" healthy people? There are several ladies in my church who are very healthy and fit, run several miles a day, work and have small children and look so perfectly healthy and fit. But I'm sure they don't have the muscles as shown in these images. Those ladies are my inspiration. I think it would be more motivational to see normal people becasue then you could look at the images and say to yourself .."yeah, I can do that"! Or "yeah, I'm almost there"! Also I object to the use of the word "sexy" being used to describe healthy or fit. We need to be healthy for ourselves and our families not just for the purpose of attracting "sexual attention".

    Also as someone else had said, show some gray hair'd ladies too :-) That would be amazingly encouraing. - 12/3/2013   11:04:03 AM
  • 54
    Thank you! That's exactly what I needed to hear today! Lately I've been feeling like I was fat and not good enough, and was actually trying to starve myself. Because of this article I'm going to go back to eating right. Thank you! - 12/3/2013   10:51:52 AM
  • 53
    I currently use a picture of Rhonda Roussy for inspriation - now, she's a pro MMA fighter and I have NO DESIRE to do that, but I still like that she's muscular and curvy at the same time. But I see where you're coming from. I find that achieving personal success, even if it's just a little thing like saying "no thanks" to a fattening treat, is alot more inspriational than any picture. - 12/3/2013   10:10:10 AM
  • STEFANIEWISEMAN
    52
    LOVE this article, especially as someone in recovery from an eating disorder. Take issue with this last comment "Does your butt look absolutely killer in a nice pair of jeans?", because if the focus of this article is to make women feel good about their bodies' abilities and health, then we shouldn't continue to make a pointed focus about the LOOKS. But definitely sharing this article. - 12/3/2013   8:45:24 AM
  • 51
    Love this article!
    For those of us that are more mature (I am 60, soon to be 61), the "Fitspo" images are usually unattainable & very discouraging. Even the SP inspirational quotes are difficult to look at.
    Today, I am going to start finding at least 1 thing to compliment myself on AND at least 1 thing to compliment a friend or co-worker on. - 12/3/2013   8:01:28 AM
  • 50
    One thing that has bothered me about many "fitspo" images, is that they rarely show the woman's face. Like many other images, we are reduced to nothing more than our body, not our whole person. Fitspo images are devoid of true character. - 12/3/2013   7:42:02 AM
  • 49
    I'm not those young thin girls who in reality have never had a weight problem. I'm short, stumpy, and old. and I love myself. Thank you for this article. - 12/3/2013   6:29:59 AM
  • 48
    I don't think it's possible to put it so succinctly as those slogans purport to do.

    For instance, one reason muscles are good is because they raise your metabolism, which makes it easier to maintain your healthy weight. Another reason is how they help you keep your mobility as you age. You can't put that kind of message in half a dozen words! - 12/3/2013   6:11:50 AM
  • 47
    In my opinion, they are not very inspiring. I am more inspired by a bigger person working as hard as they can and just enjoying life. That being said my cousin and his wife are body builders and post many pictures of themselves and they make me want to work harder. I don't really like seeing so many pictures of skinny or muscular/skinny women telling me how to work out because so many people workout so differently. Also, those images are reasons I DON'T join a gym. It doesn't show people in progress just people who are fit and if you are not fit or look fit people really do give you weird looks. Again, just my opinion. - 12/3/2013   1:59:30 AM
  • 46
    They don't inspire or offend me. I am only inspired by sucess stories like Indygirls and others. I read those daily to keep on track.

    I do agree that everything is too PC now come on we don't need to be so thin skinned not everything is to be taken personally!! - 12/1/2013   5:28:13 PM

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