I couldn’t help but notice a subculture in the fitness world that is seriously lacking some much needed mainstream attention. I’m talking about the women with the thick thighs, curvy hips and unphotoshopped glutes. Oh yes, the #thickfit mamacitas. It’s refreshing to see a diversity of body types being celebrated in the fitness world. A win for us thick girls!
Tags like #fitwomen #fitness rarely show ladies with their given curves from the Gods like the thick girls. Information from these tags prove that mainstream media still dominantly prefers women that look slender and lean as the #fitchicks. Just like every other multifaceted level of the beauty industry, it is a popular belief that women must meet certain requirements in terms of height, weight, skin color, body type to break into the business and become a success. This system is also used by our favorite fitness idols and it becomes all too easy to start feeling as if the thick girl body type is just. not. enough.
It makes no sense to fit a square into a circle hole.
Ladies, we must put our big girl panties on and come to terms with the fact that some of us will never fit into that mainstream mold. *cough. thick girls*
I will never fit that mold. I will be okay.
Thinking you should be something you were not created to be is far from realistic and can hurt your self worth.
To all the thick girls out there. You shouldn’t have to feel like you can’t call yourselves fit because of your inevitable amount of extra body fat.
Often carrying a visible amount of fat equates to “Girl, you ain’t fit. You need to jog and do more cardio.” This should not be the case.
The foundation of my fitness education was taking the time to understand my body type to realize how I needed to train. I took this quiz on bodybuilding.com for the first time a little over three years ago and I still got the same results when I took it this year. It only takes about 5 minutes and is very insightful. If you take the quiz and come across a question you are hesitant to answer because you can’t picture your full body, look for a full length mirror selfie in your phone and use it as a reference. I know you have one.
Here are my results:
This test allowed me to learn more about me! My results proved what I guessed my results would be. A certified thick girl. I’m basically between two body types called endomorph and mesomorph.
My family is of mixed heritage with mostly West African blood. I am curves. I am hips. I am unphotoshopped glutes. I am thick thighs. I am inevitably more body fat. I am a thick girl.
I am also fit. I am also healthy.
It is so important for women to talk about the difference between body types and celebrate this! Man, wouldn’t the world be a boring place if we were all the same!? There is no such thing as a one size fits all solution when it comes to being a fit woman. All women should be able to clearly see themselves along that fitness spectrum.
What’s even more obvious is the racial separation between women striving for fitness. The thick girls term is primarily used by our black and brown sisters because they tend to biologically carry more body fat. I don’t wonder why women graced with my body type are the minority.
Unfortunately we are the minority outside of the fitness world as well. Being underrepresented comes with the added mental challenge of breaking pre-programmed psychological information that shouldn’t apply to us in the first place. It is simply exhausting and automatically puts thick girls under the bar.
Right now wherever you are at in your fitness journey, you should feel proud of yourself. Everyday you are bringing awareness to men and women alike that women are as diverse as the types of walkers seen on the Walking Dead. (It’s finally October. Yes, this is on my brain.)
If you are a thick girl like me and have the guts to be “up in the gym working on your fitness” I applaud you. Letting go of mental barriers surrounding body types help all of us learn that since we can’t change our biology, we can most certainly work with it.