It’s #fitspo, but not as you know it.
If you live on Instagram, you’d be forgiven for believing there was only one way a ‘fit body’ could look: tanned, defined abs, and importantly, slim.
Something like this:
And if that photo made you want to throw your phone out of the window, prepare for a #fitspo movement that might assuage your rage.
Hashtags like #ThickFit and #FitAndThick see fit and healthy women of a different kind sharing their gym sessions and fitness journeys — curves, “thick” thighs and all.
According to New York-based trainer Lita Lewis, who sparked the #ThickFit hashtag, the more images of strong, active women we’re exposed to, the better. A former competitive bodybuilder, Lewis was sick of being told to “keep fighting” her genetics — something she’d been encouraged to do by a coach — and decided to celebrate her muscles on Instagram and give women, particularly women of colour, a different example of a fit body.
“It was announcing my own definition of self. It was owning my beauty and my body and my curves and my strength,” she tells NY Magazine. “I’m not trying to preach that we should all look like superheroes or CrossFit athletes, but this notion of ‘I’ve gotta be skinny’ and ‘I’ve got to fit in a certain size’ is now somewhat in the shadows.”