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This Girl CAN!

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One of the first things I read this morning was a Facebook comment mentioning the This Girl Can campaign. I really didn’t have time to dig deeper but the link intrigued me. Then, a few hours later @stacccer shared this video with me on twitter…

I LOVE It! Women of ALL types totally rocking it! This is what I see at my gym every day. This is the type of stuff we should see all the time.

This is from the This Girl Can campaign website:

This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organizations. It’s a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

Fear of judgement is stopping many of us from taking part in exercise. But as thousands of women up and down the country are proving, it really doesn’t have to.

This Girl Can is here to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.

Love.

Love, love, love, LOVE!

This resonates with me so much because I was (am) such a late bloomer when it comes to fitness and working out and now it’s such a part of my life. I mean, I have a CrossFit competition this Saturday, I’ve been practicing for all week and I couldn’t be more excited about it!

However, I was never good at sports as a child. I was told I couldn’t run, even The Husband makes fun of me for having “no lateral movement” when I (attempt) to play tennis. Things like that don’t bother me as much now as a more confident woman in her late- (holy shit I’m almost 40) 30s. But when I was an impressionable young woman? Yes, yes they did. I internalized all of it. I didn’t look like the girls in athletic ads (or ads in general), I wasn’t raised playing sports, I had zero natural athletic talent. Zero.

Now? Well, now nothing makes me happier than going to the gym. I’ve even been training with an Olympic lifting coach! It still blows my mind. I found a “sport” I love — we can argue another time about whether or not CrossFit is a sport, regardless, it is to me. I’m passionate about it. It keeps me fit and strong. I like the competition aspect of it. I love the sense of community I have with other CrossFitters.

Am I the best at it? No.

Do I look pretty doing it? No  —  I just posted this on Instagram yesterday

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That photo was from a competition last year — click here to read the story and another reason why this campaign hits home for me.

Campaigns like this are invaluable. I don’t think people realize how motivating it is for some of us to see varied body types in this way. Sure, for others seeing some super skinny model sell workout clothes does it for them. They want to look like the model so it motivates them to work out. I get it. For me the opposite is true. I think, Why bother, I’m never going to look like her anyway might as well not even try.

My only criticism of the video for the campaign is this frame.

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I just don’t get why they had to go there. Why does it have to be about “looking hot?” I guess they want to appeal to younger women but I think the campaign would be better off keeping all focus away from the idea that these women are doing whatever they are doing to look hot. They should do because they love it and it makes them happy.

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Discussion

There are 16 comments so far.

    petunia

    January 13, 2015

    She was sweating. She was hot. They didn’t “go” anywhere.

      roni

      January 13, 2015

      Someone pointed that out on Facebook and I was like… doh! lol Never even occurred to me.

    Dylan

    January 13, 2015

    Thanks for sharing this info. I have a different take on the “I look hot”. To me, it can go with the whole concept – you don’t have to be a model or perfect body to feel like you look hot. Women of all shapes, sizes, age and color should feel good enough about themselves to say and believe: “I look hot”. Also, we all have a reason for wanting to be active and healthy. For some women it may be they want to stay or be hot. Whatever the reason they should be celebrated.

      roni

      January 14, 2015

      I agree but do we have to teach our young girls that looking hot needs to even be a goal? Do we teach the same to young men? I just don’t think there needs to be any focus on how we look at all. It doesn’t matter. Why not influence a whole generation of girls to not even worry or think about it?

      I’m just pondering here. All I know if I never compliment my sons by saying “you looked so handsome out there on the soccer field.” KWIM?

      Of course I think I misinterpreted the whole hot thing anyway but if I did then maybe so did others.

    April

    January 13, 2015

    I agree, I think the “hot” comment was a bit of a play on words, since they were clearly sweaty and hot from working out. That said, I think it’s awesome to encourage all women to truly believe they are hot. You don’t have to be a certain size or look a certain way, you just have to really love who YOU are. To me, it’s all about encouraging every woman to celebrate and love herself. So, damn right I look hot. I love the hell out of myself!

      roni

      January 14, 2015

      I think your right, total play on words that went over my head but see my above comment. Nothing wrong with feeling hot but I think it’s more powerful if we don’t even go there.

    Vicky

    January 14, 2015

    You are #HOT

      roni

      January 14, 2015

      LOL thanks.

    Michele

    January 14, 2015

    I’m 55. I never want to stop looking hot!!! If I can say I look hot, I’m doing something right!

    Karen

    January 14, 2015

    Very Well Said. You are a great inspiration to all women!

    Stacie

    January 14, 2015

    My only problem with it is — why can’t (don’t) we do awesome things like this in the US?

      roni

      January 14, 2015

      Agree! We should!!

    Mindy

    January 14, 2015

    Awesome video! Thank you for sharing. I hear what you’re saying about “I look hot”, I’d prefer they had said “I feel hot” because then it’s about internal pride. Maybe even “I feel proud”. On the side of feeling hot, working out definitely makes me feel good about my body, no matter the jiggle :) But maybe that’s a mix of pride and adrenaline LOL

    Tina

    January 14, 2015

    Wow. This commercial is awesome. From the first shot of the woman in her bathing suit walking to the pool till the very end. Wow. Had to hit the replay button. I like the lyrics, “get your freak on”. lol. As for the “hot” comment… I took it as something empowering, like, “damn right, I’m on fire”. :)

    Julie H

    January 14, 2015

    I love love love this…. It’s me at Crossfit every morning. Where is the weightlifting though??! That would have made it perfect in my eyes!

      roni

      January 15, 2015

      I know, right??