Let’s Get Positive!
Those of you who have taken DMF know that you will never hear phrases like, “let’s get bikini ready,” or “time to chisel your back fat,” and “let’s trim our trouble spots” during class. This is on purpose. I don’t like hearing it, thinking it, or saying it. For me, hearing that I have to “get” to certain weight or body type before I’m “ready” to be in a bikini is not motivating. And, thank you for telling me I have trouble spots! I actually don’t even where a bikini, because as a person who has struggled with my weight my whole life (yes, fitness instructors and dancers struggle too!) I’ve gained and lost so much weight over the years that even though I have SERIOUS abs, they are covered by a nice layer of, shall we say, “skin!”
But everywhere we turn and in every media outlet, even the great ones, we see words like: losing, trimming, cutting, chiseling, and sculpting overruling words like healthy, strong, active, fun, motivate, and inspire. We are inundated with the constant reminder that we are never good enough, that we always have to “lose” more or always have to “be better.” No wonder we are all so messed up! It’s hard to embrace and love ourselves, as is, when there are daily reminders of how far we need to go. I have very fit clients come up to me all the time and pull the skin (not fat, skin) on their arms and say, “I still can’t get rid of this.” When I first got into fitness, I would be more PC and try to suggest ways to deal with this life threatening skin issue. Now, I just say “that’s skin…don’t be crazy!!! Be kind to yourself!!!” Don’t get me wrong, I am a HUGE proponent of health and fitness, I just wish we could steer the language away from tearing ourselves down and more towards building ourselves up and finding balance in our lives. AND, it’s important to remember that it’s OK if we don’t look like Barbie, especially if are embracing healthy choices on a daily basis. Who cares if we have a little junk in the trunk as long as long as we are living active, strong, and most importantly, balanced lives!
So, here at DMF we’re boycotting this language and choosing to use more positive, motivating lingo to keep everyone here moving to the groove. And, even though this is tough route to take, with new clients and media outlets so heavily focused on talking about the physical benefits of DMF, we’re sticking to it. Even though DMF provides an awesome calorie blasting, sweaty workout, we will never focus on measuring outcomes and promoting “beach bodies,” but rather focus on having fun, feeling strong, and feeling HAPPY and MOTIVATED in class and in life. So join our positive body image party!! And spread the word as we start a positive and HAPPY fitness revolution!