What is the definition of beauty? Is beauty merely an aesthetic, or is it possible that beauty is an all-encompassing term rooted not only in physical appearance, but also self-esteem, confidence, and fitness? I believe that beauty is subjective to perspective. The stigma that women are petite and fragile beings is fading. Women are no longer allowing their reflection in the mirror to determine their self-esteem. Rather, women are taking pride in their strength, independence, and ability to do what life demands of them.
CrossFit has triggered a cultural shift. Affiliates across the globe are host to hundreds of thousands of women who run faster, jump higher, and lift more than the majority of their male counterparts. These women exude self-esteem, confidence, independence, and strength. They have abandoned the pursuit of meaningless aesthetics. CrossFit has taught them that fitness and beauty are not mutually exclusive. Rather, fitness is the catalyst to the physical appearance and attributes that constitute beauty.
It is impossible to quantify the impact CrossFit has had on the female population. The cultural judgment has been shattered. Models on the cover of fashion magazines are no longer the pinnacles of beauty. Women are in the gym getting fit. They Deadlift, Clean, Squat, Press, Jerk, and Snatch; they can do Pull-ups, Dips, Rope Climbs, Pushups, Sit-ups, and walk on their hands; their bodies are finely tuned machines. These women have a different physique; they are leaner and more muscular, strong yet feminine. There bodies are capable of doing real work and they proudly put them on display.
Beauty has been redefined, and it can found inside your local CrossFit affiliate.