As a full-time fitness professional, especially being female, I had to accept long ago that my body is under constant scrutiny. In this field, your body is your best advertisement. While I wish my B.S. in Kinesiology (exercise science), and my in-depth knowledge of human biomechanics and physiology attracted clients, the reality is that people really only look at the surface to decide whether or not they trust you on their journey to looking slim, sexy and strong. This intense pressure could easily create an obsession with my appearance; but fortunately, I’m strong enough, both physically and mentally/emotionally, to feel 100% confident, (okay, if we’re being real it’s probably more like 94% confident), with my body and my lifestyle.
I grew up dancing, which helped me develop an appreciation for the capabilities of my body rather than the look of it. This is how I view everyone else’s bodies as well, and has become a mission of my brand, Cassie B Strong. Instead of judging your own or someone else’s appearance, I want people to see that just getting moving- whether it’s with power, speed, agility, strength, balance, isolation, intensity – or any skill for that matter is an incredibly inspiring and beautiful thing.
Movement is so much more than a way to burn calories, sculpt muscle or train to win. Moving allows the body to encompass what the soul cannot always express through words. A person’s preferences in physical activity insinuate many character traits they possess, but observing the way they move while participating in those activities exposes you to the emotions hidden deep in their soul. So why are we more focused on the fact that they have a back roll hanging out of their sports bra?
To shift our focus from our appearance to our contentment; to use the pursuit of happiness instead of the pursuit of perfection as our motivation; to gauge success by our sense of fulfillment rather than our ability to fit into a smaller size, that is to B Strong. So go ahead – shake your assets in Zumba! Sprint down the sidewalks of Commonwealth Ave! Punch the heavy bag like it were your pompous manager! Hit the squat rack until the weight of the worlds seems manageable.
In a society that gets uncomfortable with expressing emotions, use movement to experience your emotions. B Strong, B Well, B Bold. Those are the ideals I chose to represent Cassie B Strong. To allow yourself to move in a way that helps you experience your emotions is to B Strong. To not suppress your emotions is to B Well. To be both strong and well empowers you and gives you the confidence to live boldly.
How do you like to move? Grab your friends and family this Turkey Day and get movin’ with this awesome pre-stuff-your-face 15 minute workout!
A) Ladder: 1 Jumping jack, 1 Plank Jack, 2 Jumping Jacks, 2 Plank Jacks, 3 of each, etc. up to 5 & back down again
B) 10 Tricep Dip + Knee Tucks (on chair – put the chair against a wall so it doesn’t move!)
C) 5 Sumo squats, 5 Frog jumps; 4x nonstop