This video came across my newsfeed the other day and really caught my attention. Why? I guess I had conflicting reactions.
She’s smashing fitness stereotypes though I do worry sometimes about why larger bodies are supposed to be extra inspirational.
I also don’t like the anger she directs toward herself for missing workouts and getting behind.
Part of me is thrilled to see fitness videos with a better representation of bodies.
Part of me wants to say, of course people with large bodies can do this! So many people commented “if she can do this, what’s my excuse?” And people talk lots about the obstacles she overcoming. It reminds me of the way in which wheelchair athletes are supposed to be extra-inspirational.
But not everyone shares my worries.
On our Facebook page Jennie had some good rejoinders in favour of the extra-inspirational claim. I asked permission to share them here.