Social and Environmental Change

CrossFit: Isn’t That Tough?

If you had told me six years ago that I would be throwing around 150-pound deadlifts and back squatting 130 pounds, I would have run towards the elliptical and never looked back. Not literally run though because that is still something I don’t enjoy very much. Two years ago, I saw a bunch of people running outside of my work and thought, “hey, I want to be in shape like that.” I came to learn that it wasn’t just running but involved lifting heavy weights, pushing past your limits, and feeling like a badass after every class.

CrossFit isn’t just a hard exercise class you go to before or after work; it challenges you mentally and physically. You learn to trust your coach and your fellow class members become family. Instead of suffering alone, you suffer as a family and cheer each other on as you try to reach that last burpee in your workout of the day (WOD). It kick starts your morning and burns away the frustration of a long day.

Just a few of the amazing CrossFit No Slack members

When I tell someone I do CrossFit their eyes get wide and they say, “Oh wow, that’s tough isn’t it?” Well, it is difficult, but that is what makes it so exciting. You will get through your thirty-minute row of as many reps as possible (AMRAP) or five rounds of running, wall balls, and box jump. It doesn’t matter if you finished it, but you showed up and you kicked butt.

CrossFit No Slack in Murrells Inlet, SC is where I happened to fall in love with the sport of CrossFit. As soon as you walk in, everyone is greeting you, laughing, and ready to enjoy the WOD. No shame if you can’t do the workout as prescribed. There is always a way to change the workout to suit you. It is all about being the best version of you and feeling you tried your hardest.

If you would like to feel strong and glisten like a sweaty star, CrossFit might be for you. This is coming from someone who never participated in any sports and sat on the bleachers during gym in high school. It is never too late to try new things in life.

To learn more about CrossFit No Slack, visit their website and Facebook. Come and try CrossFit for one week free and see if it is right for you.

Social and Environmental Change

Body Positivity: You Are More Than Your Body

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Julia Parzyck, who goes by FitFatAndAllThat on Instagram. Her personality and inspiration shine through on social media and makes you want to be friends with her. She is instantly relatable when she speaks about feeling comfortable in your own skin and appreciating your natural beauty inside and out.

Julia’s past struggles with an eating disorder inspired her to educate women on loving themselves and finding their healthy self voice. When you speak with her you don’t feel like a client, but a friend needing advice. She has truly created a community of self-love and confidence.

The topic of the media on body image was one of the first subjects that came to mind. There are always headlines that say the top 10 ways to lose weight or what foods to cut out of your diet. It shouldn’t be about losing weight or depriving yourself of that cookie. It is about eating whatever the hell you want and feeling comfortable with how you look now. Julia mentioned how the media still needs to be transparent and not just show the highlights. “Curvy women are still perfectly proportioned and they need to show the cellulite, stretch marks, and that a body jiggles when you move around.” Women are fed up and want to be heard and seen. Being seen in the media is what helps with body image. So what has society turned to? Social Media. A community has been formed on the internet where women can create their own positivity. Julia tells her clients to form a body positive bubble on their social accounts. “Unfollow the people who are not making you feel good. Follow the accounts that make you feel positive and good about yourself.” It is about girls knowing their value and worth.

Working out can also be a positive or negative action. It is important to find fitness that makes you feel empowered and strong. Exercise shouldn’t be about looking a certain way, but to remind you how strong your body is. “The idea that we should look a certain way is bullshit,” says Julia. Your body is not always going to be the same. We transform throughout our lifetime and that is okay. If we only love our body a certain way, it will be really hard to love your body for the rest of your life. The constant should be loving your body no matter what. We are always growing and changing. Julia reminds us to focus on what your body can do. Don’t be a bully to yourself.

We all have our own body struggles, and it is important to support one another. Remember your body shape does not matter because we are all beautiful. Do not place value on clothing size. Embrace your own style despite your size and find clothes you feel good in. In the words of the body positive queen Lizzo, “Baby how you feelin? Feelin good as hell!”

If you were to look at Julia’s Instagram stories you will see her dancing in her underwear to her favorite songs, lifting weights in CrossFit, and just laughing with her friends and family. What will you do today to feel body positive? Dance in your underwear to your favorite song, show off your curves in your new bathing suit, treat yourself to a pedicure, eat a cookie because you want to, surround yourself with positive people, and exercise to feel better, not look better.

Julia was able to make a career out of self-love and confidence and wants to pass that on to other strong women. She teaches women to find their healthy self voice and figure out why their eating disorder began. “Your eating disorder was there for a reason. It is there to help us cope with something and we are going to say goodbye to it,” says Julia. It is about women finding a better relationship with food and their bodies.

FitFatandAllThat is there to help with an eating disorder but to also be a support system and remind you of the badass that you are. “No amount of self-hatred is going to lead to self-love. Work from the inside out and where the insecurities come from. Clear that space and open up for the important things,” says Julia.

Follow Julia Parzyck (fitfatandallthat) on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fitfatandallthat/?hl=en