“Ew, my muscles are too big!” said no female CrossFitter EVER! There’s a perception portrayed by media today that women must look a certain way to be beautiful and it’s perpetuated by the myriad of fad diets and fitness trends.
CrossFit is slowly changing the way women feel about their body and the very definition of beauty itself.
In the following video, we join Rita Benavidez, Jackie Perez, Erin Cianciolo and Andrea Ager as they talk about their own experience with what CrossFit has done for them.
Once thinking beauty was a picture of a waify woman on a magazine, Benavidez feels differently now. “My perception of beauty has changed over the past few years,” Benavidez says. “True beauty … is strength and fitness, and confidence in yourself.”
Perez was originally motivated by trying to be skinny. “That wasn’t getting me anywhere,” she says. “With CrossFit, I set goals. I want to deadlift 225, I’m going to hit that faster than I’m going to look in the mirror and like what I see.”
Ager says putting in the work is key to getting what you want. “I think that hard work and the way that your body looks go so hand-in-hand,” she says. “Once you do get a body that you want, you’re very proud of it … you’re proud of what your body can do.”
Through CrossFit, these women are confident, stronger and fitter. They are mothers, tomboys, coaches. They are CrossFit athletes.