The ‘M’ Word

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We love sharing inspirational stories from Fit Girls around the world. This time Briana from Arizona shares how she fell in love with the weightroom.

Girls. We hear the ‘M’ word and shy away from it. Some of us may want it, but society tells us it’s not feminine enough. Many look at it as something only men should strive to attain. But in reality, it’s what we all desire in our active lives: muscle. Society, from an early age, has told young girls and women alike that we should get ‘toned’. That we should love only cardio and stay away from heavy weights and fear the idea of building muscle. I’m here to let you know that muscle may be the best thing that has happened to me.

Crushing on the weightroom
At 5’3, I have always been an athletic, petite, small-framed girl. Throughout high school and college my main goal was to be skinny. The smaller, the less curvy, the more waif-ish, the better. That was until I moved out on my own and fell in the love with the feeling of callused hands and heavy dumbbells. Many women are focused on weight loss, but for the ladies out there looking to gain some mass, or those who want to ‘tone’ (just another word for gaining lean muscle!) I want to share my journey so far. In May of this year, I began working out on the weight room floor. I stepped off the treadmill and used a Smith Machine for the first time in my life. Did I know what I was doing? No. Was I a little self conscious of what all of the men would think as I began squatting, most likely with bad form? Sure. But ultimately, my desire to push my body past it limits, to use it as the power house it really is, was more important than looking silly as a beginner. We all start somewhere. 

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  1. Ingrid

    What an inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing and keep up the good work!

  2. Mila

    Thank you for this, I’m actually really scared by the free weights. I still shy awqy from that, but I plan to change that 🙂

    • Astrid

      I have the same problem. I can count the times I’ve noticed a girl by the free weights in my gym on two hands, which makes the step quite big for me. I mainly just use the machines for weights but I really want to go to the “free weights section” too. I really need a kick up the arse, haha! (: Definitely a goal for 2015 for me!

  3. Bri Sullivan

    Hey ladies! I’m so so glad you liked my article– truth be told, once you start using the free weights, you’ll walk around like you own the place. I followed a lot of girls on Instagram and watched youtube videos of workouts so that when I got in the gym, I would feel a little more comfortable and it really did make a difference. Just know–you getting out there and Trying is better than never trying at all and once you get comfortable in the free weights section, you’ll become an inspiration to girls around you wanting to work up the courage!

  4. Jordina

    Except for the bikini competition, this is the story of my life! So glad that so many girls finally came to see that stop eating to be the skinniest should not be their aim. Unfortunately, I still encounter many of those young girls who think that being skinny will bring them happiness and success..

    • Bri Sullivan

      I know what you mean, I truly thought my happiness would lie in being super small and once I started training….I’ve never been more proud of my body–I’m glad you see what I see, our mission is to keep helping women feel confident and to Love their strong, curvy bodies! 🙂

  5. Saskia

    This is an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing this with us 🙂

    I just love a curly and strong body. That’s why I really want to start lifting weights but I have no idea where to begin. Could you suggest an article or a training scheme for beginners?

    XXX Saskia

    • Bri Sullivan

      Hey Saskia!
      I did a lot of research on bodybuilding.com but also started with Kayla Itsines’ Beach Body Guide. Ultimately, look up some inspirational fitness women on Instagram and youtube– FitMiss Founder Chady D is amazing (and has great circuits to use!) along with Katy Hearn and women like my trainer. Felicia Romero. They post videos, inspiration and meal ideas too!