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The 6 Most Shockingly Irresponsible “Fitspiration” Photos

This deserves a re-telling


The Reembody blog, up to this point, has been a thoughtful exploration of human movement, a subject about which I am extremely passionate.

Today, however, I’m mad and I’m going to tell you why.

I have been planning a blog post for a while on fitness misinformation, and it was originally going to be the same kind of thoughtful deconstruction found in my other installments. But then I read this and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever found in my newsfeed: so beautiful, in fact, that the rest of the health and fitness propaganda floating around Facebook like turds in a pool started to really, really piss me off.

So thoughtful deconstruction has been postponed for another day. Instead, we’re going to take a good look at a few of those turds and get pissed off together because, when someone preys upon your insecurities in an effort…

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2 thoughts on “The 6 Most Shockingly Irresponsible “Fitspiration” Photos

  1. It needs more than a retelling, Margy. (For one thing, the comments speak volumes more.) For a time, I got really interested in bodybuilding about 15-20 years ago. Industry magazines were quick and easy references. I’ll be brutally honest: in retrospect, they seemed about as relevant to fitness overall as porn is to an understanding about sex and intimacy.

    But it was possible to glean truths from the pages, and two (three?) articles stuck out in my mind. One was about the tragedy of a bodybuilder who had been taking the scene “by storm” but was reduced to pooping in a bag because his body just gave up. His gastrointestinal system could not handle what he was cramming through it anymore. The second was about the dirty little secret of the women’s fitness competition scene: steroids. The line between that scene and women’s bodybuilding was blurring.

    Kevin is right to skewer this “fitspiration” crap and basically, this junk has been floating in fitness advertising for years, in some way or another.

    I’ve been in and out of physiotherapy for… wow, I guess it’s almost 5 years now. My first physiotherapist had put up a photo diagram from an old TIME article about Olympic athletes and their different physiques. So point #5 was relevant to me because there were INDEED athletes there, even women, who looked more like Kristin Rhodes the powerlifter than the women in the ads. Myself… well, I’m still struggling with obesity, morbid obesity, probably. But much of that is PTSD, side effects from psychiatric medicine, poverty, and a whole lot of other crap. My family, some of my friends, even my doctors would be hard-pressed to say I took that OR my back injury and chronic pain simply by lying down and doing nothing.

    Sorry for the long reply, Margy… this just strikes so close to the nerve, and it was worsened recently when Cimmy bought a couple of fitness mags a few days ago to do an inspiration collage. SO SO SO much of what Kevin is saying here came to mind, what I just told you, and a lot of other terrifying memories and baggage.

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