I have always loved fashion. Ever since I was little I was playing dress up, collecting fashion inspirations and trying new trends. However, there is another “f” word in my life that is just as important to me, “fitness”. If you follow this blog and keep up with my twitter ramblings you know that I am an avid fitness enthusiast. I train in Crossfit, which is a style of training that is a cross over between Olympic lifting, endurance, flexibility, weight lifting, and gymnastics.
I have not always been able to find the balance between fashion and fitness. You would think the two would go hand and hand, but that is not always the case. Many things about the fashion world are unhealthy. The women involved in the industry are often terribly underweight and may of them drink, smoke, and live a party lifestyle. I am not going to spend hour talking about this. I just want to explain my own struggles to have the two both represent me. Since I love fashion I often desire the clothes to look like they do on women in magazines or even other fashion blogs for that matter. I dream of thin long legs and a tiny waist. I am not saying that I am unhappy with my body, but it can be hard to feel fashionable when you can’t get certain clothes over your quadriceps, because you have been doing a lot of squats.
This is an ongoing battle I have in my mind. What is more important, training hard so that I'm a better athlete or training to look good and fit in clothes that I dream about?
It can also be a challenge in the gym. If you look at the women who do Crossfit they typically are not thin and fragile. They are strong and athletic. Many times women who come to our gym are intimidated and afraid to work out that hard. They often complain about getting too big or buff. I have to admit that I have been that woman before. I battle it in my head. But, then I remember that not all women who do Crossfit get that buff and it has a lot to do with your genetics. Plus, being muscular is beautiful and means that you are in great shape. There shouldn’t be anything wrong with it. Jessica Biel is one celebrity who is bridging the gap of fashionable and fit. Also, I admire Stella McCartney's Adidias collaboration and how she is creating fashionable work out apparel. That way women can still feel feminine even when they are deadlifting 200 pounds.
I often keep my two worlds separate. Many of my friends at the gym don’t know about my fashion blog. I think I have been afraid that I won’t be taken as seriously at the gym. The same goes for my blog. I am worried that people don’t come here to read about fitness. But, then the owner of my gym came to me and said that I should represent both, because it shows girls out there that you can be into style and also be into sports and athletics. Women who are athletes don’t have to be tomboys. I couldn’t agree more and have no idea why I needed a push to get my head out of the fog. This blog is a representation of me and I am someone who is a diehard fitness junkie who wants some fashion in her life.
Stay tuned for a few fitness posts here and there!
Update: Check out my pot on "Fashion & My City" at Alix Rose!