When it comes to colours, foods and beauty standards, society has long believed that these three combos clash: blue and green, pizza and pineapple and (unfortunate as it is) women and muscles.
But Aussie fitness influencer Chyanne Weatherby (aka, @aus_fitmum) has had enough. Taking to Instagram earlier this week, she shared a side-by-side photo of herself (clothed vs in her undies) in an effort to dispel the belief that a fit physique makes you “manly.”
“Whack me in a dress and you wouldn’t even think I lift,” she wrote in the caption. “So many people are quick to judge a woman based on her flexed pose… but I can guarantee that they’re probably the same type of person who’d cat call or stare at her while she’s walking down the street.”
This isn’t the first time that Chyanne has taken a stance against body shaming. Back in February, she called out trolls who had judged her muscular frame.
Happy Saturday my loves ❤️ • I just put this together quickly this morning because I’m sick of people feeling as if they can comment on my body saying I look manly ??♀️ • Lifting weights will not make you manly. It will make you shapely! What people don’t understand is the amount of effort it takes to look how I do! I flex in my photos because it shows off my muscles, it doesn’t mean I walk around looking like that all day long ??♀️ • If you were to see me in real life, you wouldn’t ever say I looked manly. I’m 60kg and a short. I’m actually quite feminine looking, I have boobs, I have booty.. nothing manly about me. Don’t judge someone based on their appearance people, it’s not cool! ?? • Rant over ❤️ • #shecandoboth #feminine #muscles #girlswholift #girlswhosquat #flexed #quads #fitmom #fitmum #loveyourbody
“I’m sick of people feeling as if they can comment on my body saying I look manly,” she wrote. “Lifting weights will not make you manly. It will make you shapely! What people don’t understand is the amount of effort it takes to look how I do! I flex in my photos because it shows off my muscles, it doesn’t mean I walk around looking like that all day long.”
Here’s the thing; associating muscle tone and sex is something that needs to stop. Both men and women can benefit from strength training – and not just aesthetically. (We’re talking, better sleep, lower blood pressure and a faster metabolism.)
And in any case, the fact that Chyanne feels great about her figure is reason enough to support her… dressed up, dressed down, muscly or not!
What the hell Canberra!! It was 31 yesterday and today it’s 16 ? I guess it’s time to start pulling out my warmer gym gear ? loving the long sleeve seamless crop by @ryderwear . This ones a medium so I can use it as a layer over the top!! ?? • Just remember guys, just because it’s cooling down doesn’t mean you should start to slack off!! The gains must continue! But for now I’ll be covering these babies up as I prepare for the Canberra winter ?? • Link for this crop is in my story, along with my discount code AUSFIT10 ✂️ I’ve paired it up with my fav khaki Apex tights in size small! I also have the long sleeve in a small but I’d wear that one as a top rather than a layer ❤️ if you need help with sizing or have any questions hit me up with a dm ❤️ @ryderwearwomen #ryderwear #teamryderwear #ryderwearathlete #fitmom #fitmum #girlswithabs
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