Not Every Woman Wants to Be Lean

OCT 27, 2018 BY 

From: Morning Chalk Up

Some background.

Wednesday, Josh Bridges announced on his IG that he and WODSTAR are releasing a new program for women called “Lean.”

Well that’s cool.

Except, maybe not. The Internet had a field day in the comment section and by Thursday the post was deleted. But WODSTAR is still releasing the program, which they called the “Get fit, but don’t make me bulky in the process” program.

And that is cool. Because there is no rule that says women have to want to get bulky.

Buttttttt…it’s the next line that has us scratching out head a little.

“Let’s face it…men and women have different goals.”

Wait. We don’t know about you but we know lots of women that have the same goals as a lot of men in the gym.


The description continues. “So, say goodbye to one rep max bench days! This program is built to make you a lean and mean female machine. This program is going to target all those spots with endurance and conditioning training. You will maximize your training sessions by learning the right movements to target the right areas to get the lean and tone body you desire. This program combines muscle isolation with moderate weights to unleash your fat-burning metabolic engine.”

They didn’t.

Oh but they did. Right and wrong body areas? What are these right and wrong movements? And where are these spots that women are supposed to be targeting? Pretty sure no one told athletes like Cayla Haney that she wasn’t supposed to be lifting heavy. Or Stefi Cohen. Or Brooke Ence.

Language like this bolsters the underlying notion that there is one specific form of beauty to be attained. That there is a wrong or a right way for a woman, any woman, to look.

There is not.

Stereotypes like these are how athletes like Maddy Espinoza get teased at school.

Beauty, and health, does not mean the same thing for any two people. If a woman wants to “lean out” and train for a 5k, awesome. If she wants to mass and lift heavy and have traps that break tank top straps, fantastic. It is not right vs. wrong. Have at it.

And, for the record, we’ve been saying this for a minute. Strong is beautiful and ladies, you get to define both.


Editor-in-Chief and founder of Web developer for the stars of CrossFit, and all-around fitness enthusiast and fan.

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