Just as a follow up to yesterday’s post on fitspo: There is no better illustration of the ridiculousness of the assumption that you can see healthy and that you can see fit than Marion Bartoli, the winner of the ladies Wimbledon final on Saturday.
This is an athlete in peak condition in total control of her game, who trains full time and has awesome muscle power, yet she does not look like the fitspo girls at all. When you do a google search, the predictive text comes up with ‘Marion Bartoli fat’. Now she’s obviously not fat, but she does have a layer of fat over her arms and leg muscles, none of that lean muscle definition people are looking for. She has a little sticky outy belly and cellulitey dimples on her knees (like me, that’s why I noticed!). The fitspo bloggers would no doubt rip her to shreds from the way she looks if she was just an ordinary person. But she’s as fit as you can be.
Which just goes to show what a load of nonsense using aestehtics as a shorthand for health and fitness really is.