Fit is not a size.
Fit is not a weight.
Fit is not a number.
What is a fit body you ask?
The definition of fit is, “a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose.” When it comes to fitness, we have the liberty of making up our own standards and purpose for exercising. People exercise for a variety of reasons, and we all have different goals. Some exercise to compete, some to lose weight, and some to just function better in everyday life.
A good example would be to look at all of the State of Fitness Trainers. First of all, we are all different sizes, lift different amounts of weight, and have different goals. Are we all healthy? Yes. Do we look the same? NO! When it comes to your own body and how you define it, you cannot compare it to anyone else’s.
I was quite the runner before weightlifting, and weighed in at about 136. Within a year of lifting at State of Fitness, I gained about 20 lbs of muscle and now sit around 155 lbs (the weight doesn’t matter, it’s just to give you a frame of reference).
As a result of my gains, throughout that year I received many comments about my appearance and my fitness level, not all of them positive. I distinctly remember one family member telling me, “Wow, your arms are really big; you might want to stop lifting those weights.” One of my uncles commented about how my running abilities have declined and how I have put on weight.
My family members did not say these things to hurt me. My family members worried about my physique and fitness and shared their opinions with me. These comments pissed me off at the time, but now I look back and think about how my body changed and adapted for the purpose I intended. I wanted to be a competitive powerlifter, so that’s what I trained my body to do.
So I was fit as a 136-pound runner, and I continue to be, as a 155-pound powerlifter. The important thing is that I define what fit is for me, and I determine what type of fit I want to be. I do not let other people or the media determine how my body should look.
In conclusion, the fitness industry will always try to define what fit looks like on men and women. The fitness industry uses professional athletes and actors (who have personal trainers, private nutritionists, and airbrushing) to say we aren’t fit unless we look like them. Men must have six-pack abs and bulging biceps, while the ladies must always strive to weigh less and be more “toned,” without getting “too muscular.” These standards of fitness are unrealistic, airbrushed, and full of sh*t.
You decide the type of fitness, your reasoning behind your fitness, and fitness goals you want to set for yourself. But most of all, remember that fitness is for YOU!