ou may think your favorite fitness instructor never struggles with body image. You look at them and see someone strong, flexible, funny — in one word “badass ”— how could they ever worry about “arm flab” or a “belly”?
News flash: They’re human, too. Chances are, they have good body image days and bad body image days, just like you.
“Even those of us who have worked really hard on improving our relationships with our bodies still have days where we don’t love what we see in the mirror,” says Molly Galbraith, co-founder of Girls Gone Strong. “That said, those days are fewer and farther between all the time, and the result of the negative self-talk is less severe. In fact, these days, when I look in the mirror and see cellulite on my legs I think, ‘Hmm … there’s more cellulite on my legs than there was before. That’s interesting.’ And I pretty much just move on with my day. I don’t let it mean anything about me or my self-worth. However, it’s taken years of work to get to this place.”
Here, Galbraith, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and four other fitness instructors of all backgrounds share what they do when they look in the mirror and hear their inner critic start to nag:
"I Sweat It Out"
“There is something about sweat to me that’s like shedding a layer, physically and emotionally. On days when I want to really release, I’ll put on a load of layers and go for a long run. Running makes me feel free. I also do boxing for confidence and yoga to open up and remember to be forgiving to myself.” – Liv Young, founder of Box + Flow