This article pictured above is somewhat ridiculous yet there are a few valid points. The featured person whom apparently competed in a bikini show at around 40 gave excuses as to why she may have lost “A body at 40 isn’t quite the same as a body at 20 even though I gave it a good run. But I knew that when my body ran out thanks to the aging process,” what about Ruby Carter-Pikes Muscle and Fitness Champion at age 66?
“Clad in what was essentially panties and bra, standing on a fitness booth at the biggest fitness Expo in North America” “I felt scandalous exposing my well-toned thighs and abdomen to the general public, to say nothing of what I couldn’t see behind me.” If she felt scandalous why did she do it? Before competing, one must sign up prior to accepting rules of what is acceptable and what’s not in regards suits (“panties and bra” oh you mean the gear most everyone wears to the beach to display for the world unless it’s a nude beach of course?) or outfits, shoes and some drug testing etc. There also 5 classes available for showcase : Bodybuilding, Physique, Figure, Fitness and Bikini each with it’s own qualifications. Take Serena Williams, before her no one relevant had her body type; she broke the mold. Serena is also featured in fitness magazines does she starve herself, clearly not otherwise she would not be able to perform at her elite level!
“Women are desperate to be published in fitness publications, to be glorified into eternity through a photo. Women will do anything to get there. They will starve themselves to get lean enough to be able to see all muscular definition, they will experiment with recreational and pharmaceutical drugs, they will prostitute themselves to judges and more, just to make it.” Did she prostitute herself for the bikini show that she did? If so then she shouldn’t stereotype all that compete. It’s like saying because that one office slut did it to get his/her job then so did everyone else in the office building. People will do what you let them. Did she take drugs? To be sure, maybe she should have chosen a show that requires drug testing or winners as did mine and many others.
You don’t have to starve to be healthy. People nowadays typically know the crap they choose to put in their bodies, yet do it anyway then when it’s swimsuit season they go on ridiculously unhealthy starvation diets which slow down their metabolism and cause them to put on more weight than ever when they go back to their normal lackadaisical routine, instead of practicing a lifestyle of healthier eating. The author of featured article ‘The Pornographication of Fitness Needs to Stop’ (which all quotes are taken from) now “vantage point of 55 years of age” seems to me like an act to stay relevant due to the fact she might be giving up on competitive bikini modeling; her constantly pointing out her age could be the very reason. My oldest personal training client was 89; he made significant strides in training going from using a cane for walking to walking without one, improving his strength, flexibility and balance for prevention of injury. So, before you judge someone for what you have done in the past or what you think you wont do, look in the mirror and ask yourself why you are feeling this way, what prompted these feelings, more importantly where are your priorities and how can you set new goals with a positive outlook to the strengths and capabilities you were blessed with instead of comparing yourself to others.
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