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Daily Mail and New York Post join rush to proclaim 'strong is the new sexy' with identikit articles in praise of female bodybuilders and 'fitness chicks'

Dec 06
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Meet the 'fitness chicks' with six-packs, toned biceps and massive male followings on Instagram writes the Daily Mail.

The New York Post is even more gushing, stating: “Strength is sexiness - sexy women with bulging biceps and a dangerous set of abs - and there’s a growing attraction to women who embrace a lifestyle of hard training and heavy lifting.”

Yes, it seems that the mass media may be finally waking up to the fact that day of the desperate, rail-thin, catwalk waif may be drawing to a close.

While the Daily Mail article is clearly a lift of the New York Post's piece it is nonetheless wholly supportive of female bodybuilding and fitness training.

Indeed it starts: “Skinny women are out and muscular ones are in, if Instagram is any indication.

“A new trend on the picture-sharing website sees superfit women - many of them bodybuilders and personal trainers - sharing pictures of their toned physiques and videos of their intense workouts online.

“While thousands of women follow these 'fitness chicks' for inspiration, a surprising amount of men are also part of their fanbase, leaving comments that suggest they equate strength with sexiness when it comes to women.”

The New York Post meanwhile reflects: “The fact that the strong, athletic female body type is having a moment in the spotlight is something of a refreshing break from the typically idealized waif-like frame.”

While not quite a sea-change high-profile articles like these will not only bring a smile to the faces of millions of women lifters but may also inspire younger girls to start training. Perhaps more importantly they may persuade them that the Size Zero, bulimia-inducing, stick-thin culture of the women's fashion industry is a busted flush.

Massiel Arias, a 24-year-old New Yorker who works as a personal trainer and fitness competitor, features in both the New York Post and Daily Mail articles.

The Mail writes: “She shares daily photos, exercise and diet tips on her 'Mankofit' Instagram page, which has an incredible 830,000 followers.

“In one of her videos, she stands on a rooftop and lifts a 200lb male bodybuilder into the air on her shoulders, grunting as she accomplishes the physical feat.

“Many of the fans who comment on her posts are women who say her strength and determination has inspired them to get stronger themselves.

But women aren't the only people who admire her physique; each post has at least a few comments from men gushing over her 'perfect' body.
On one selfie that shows off her rock-hard abs, a male follower wrote: 'You are so pretty. And strong. Wow.'”
In the Post Arias says she uploaded her first instructional post around two years ago — but what started as a personal photo diary soon transformed into a massive fitness library.

“It started off small,” she says. “Now, it’s 24/7. It takes me hours of research to put together one post.”
Two years in and her iPhone is a constant stream of notifications from fans who expect daily postings of meal ideas, difficult yoga poses and inspirational quotes. Each post comes with a lengthy Spanish translation outlining distinct instructions for every exercise.
“I literally say that fitness saved my life,” says Arias, who started pumping iron to cope with a severe bout of depression. “When I first got into working out, it wasn’t just to get a body. I was depressed.”

 

Bodybuilder Lita “Follow the Lita” Lewis (Right in Main Pic), is also interviewed. The 30-year-old has 136,843 Instagram Followers and lists her Feats of Strength as: Leg squats 225 pounds. Height: 5’5″. Weight: 160 lbs. Measurements: 36-inch bust, 29-inch waist, 39-inch hips. Body Fat Percentage: 16%.

 

Read the full New York Post article here
Read the full Daily Mail article here

 

 

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