I can just imagine the amount (and kind) of spam I’m going to get from that title. But seriously, let’s talk about body image and Body Rock. If any of you do also follow Body Rock workouts, you may have noticed some not so subtle changes recently. Two changes, to be precise. They are really large and they are located on the host’s chest.
I had already pretty well stopped doing the Body Rock workouts, as discussed in this post on flow. I have, however, been checking in with the site and what’s going on, what the workouts are looking like, et cetera. For a full year Body Rock was one of my biggest reasons to workout. I didn’t want to bail and not look back. In fact, I didn’t think I was bailing, just taking a break. But every time I “check in” I find myself spending all my time making cracks to the Hubby about those giant life preservers or the ultra-sexual poses or simply “Why the heck is she working out two weeks after having major surgery?” I finally realized on Friday that I’m just not interested in the services Body Rock provides anymore. It’s partly about the workouts and it’s partly about the image they are presenting these days. I just don’t want that in my life.
I’ve been debating writing about this AT ALL, because I don’t want to add fuel to the fire and I don’t want to give attention to the negative. So I’m going to close the book on the Body Rock thing right there. I’m fine with them continuing on as they will; even if I wasn’t fine, I don’t believe it is within my power to change them. So the train is leaving the station, ladies and gents.
What I do want to discuss is the positive side of this decision: what kind of images I do want in my life. For me, working out is about a lot of things. Of course, I want to be physically attractive. I’m pretty sure that’s wrapped into the desire to procreate and have healthy offspring with the best chances to succeed in life. It’s also a badge of honor after having children (especially as a young woman). But working out is also hugely about health, both physical and mental. I obviously make choices about which workouts I do in order to keep my body in good shape. But I also want to train with people who are positive and happy and “zen.” I want to train with people who I want to be like. You know that idea “pick the 5 friends you’d most like to be like and spend the most time with them?” I want to spend time with women who present what I would consider a “normal” amount of sexualization. I want the images in my home to make my daughter confident that she can attain those ideals and, most importantly, I want to be surrounded my women who are in control of their own image, who are assertive and loving and do not passively submit their bodies sexually at all. (wasn’t sure how to make that one positive, but it’s one of the most important parts of my decision).
So these are the things I do want in my life. All I can say is that I recommend each of you evaluate your own priorities and make these decisions for yourself. You will be much happier and more confident. It is, after all, your life to live. I’m gonna live mine with dances and songs, lots of art, hard work, and the love of my family.