This year, I’m all about sharing the benefits of building strong, flexy, healthy bodies and helping people that are ready for their journey. Part of that mission is to debunk two widely reoccurring myths that I’m asked about almost daily.
First: You do NOT have to chose between flexibility or muscle. You CAN HAVE BOTH. Those that say you have to be skinny to be flexible or that the ideal flexibility instructor is tall, thin and without too much muscle is not only ridiculous but untrue. (True story, sadly a prominent non-us flexibility coach actually wrote that in a blog) And this lie is only further perpetuated by the media we encounter daily on social media. I find this highly discouraging and excluding. I AM walking proof that this is just not the case (my size and shape has also lead to me being discriminated against and prejudged as an instructor, I’ll talk more about that in a follow up blog post) The point is: I am muscular and bendy as fuck. And I happily embrace my muscles and every curve on my bendy body. I embrace my strength, size and FlexAbility! Think I’m an anomaly? Look at any just about gymnast, those especially at the collegiate and Olympic levels are bendy, muscular and always tend to have bodacious booties!
Second: Flexibility is NOT just for the skinny, frail and pale Instagram model type. Flexibility is for ANYONE that has the DESIRE to have it and the WILL to work for it. You CAN be flexible at any size AND any age. it’s not just for the young, skinny or the non-bodybuilders. You can create a balanced Flexy and Fit body.
Third: Women shouldn’t fear getting bulky, manly or hulk-like just from lifting weights. You have to do some serious steroids, lift some heavy ass weights regularly and eat a diet that supports that type of gain. The truth is, the bodies and curves most women want ARE BUILT with lifting moderate weight and by the working the very muscles were scared to grow. You have to shape your body and that’s done with lifting. Cardio alone and diet alone won’t do it. PS: stronger muscles will actually help improve your flexibility… That being said, if Flexibility & Fitness is on your wishlist give me a shout.