Thanks to a Facebook post by Rachel Cosgrove, I've come across a great new movement... Strong Is The New Skinny, based on a particular post in a blog, which is taking shape and making strides. While I think "Strong Is The New Beautiful" is a great message, "Strong Is The New Skinny" is more powerful right now. Skinny has been king (or even queen) in the modelling, film and entertainment world for such a long time even for the front cover of some fitness magazines for women which just seems absurd. Skinny is not something to aspire to in the same way that Morbidly Obese is not something to aspire to. Neither is good, neither is healthy and neither is something that should be put on a pedestal as the ideal of beauty, yet Skinny is there right now and has been for many decades. I want to see Strong up there where Skinny is. And I want to be part of getting it there.
Though I'm laid up in bed feeling crap, I'm still excited and thrilled by videos like this one:-
OK, so some of the pull-ups and lifts are a little snatched and silly, but the overall effect... that's what I want. Yes, women have a different hormonal make-up from men but it shouldn't get in the way of aspiring to strength, health and fitness.
Now, to get me a couple of gym-tops with that slogan on it... annoyingly the "official" ones are sold from the US and suffer from the usual problems with import duty and the messing about with the Royal Mail to get the delivery released etc.