The Fight for the Next Generation of Girls: Lose 10 pounds in 2 Weeks.  The Next Big Thing in Fashion.  Ten Quick ways to Catch His Eye.  Young American girls are constantly being bombarded with social expectations.  These seemingly innocent attacks come in the form of television commercials, magazine articles, social media posts, and many other stimulating manners.  Girls are expected to have a certain shape, style their hair a particular way, and have immaculate make-up.  You don’t fit into the current mold? Tough luck.  You just aren’t good enough.  That is the message the majority of young girls receive on a daily basis; a message that leads to girls feeling physically, emotionally, and socially degraded.

Jessica Lemos, Age 9
Jessica Lemos, Age 9

CrossFit women are cut from a different cloth.  Not all are tall. Not all are lean or perfectly toned.  Some have muscles that seem to have been painted on while others can perform at a level that would seem impossible based upon their physical appearance.  For those young girls who are lucky enough to be a part of the CrossFit community, they are being provided with shields and weapons against the onslaught of attacks from the media.

I have two younger sisters: one is nine and the other is eleven.  I came home from work one day to music blaring in my garage gym.  Wondering what was going on, I opened the door to find my youngest sister throwing a medicine ball around, performing kettlebell sumo-deadlift high pulls, and sit-ups.  She was drenched in sweat. Not a spot of makeup could be found on her face.  She looked beautiful.

All over CrossFit related social media can be found posts celebrating the successes of young girls.  These successes

Julia Lemos, Age 11
Julia Lemos, Age 11

are not focused on having reached a weight loss goal.  They are centered on having reached a new deadlift PR.  The news is not highlighting the newest fashion trend.  They show a little girl knocking out successive butterfly pull-ups.  Girls are seen wearing tanks bragging that they can “Lift like Lindsey” and that “Strong is Beautiful.”

Amidst the pressures of society, CrossFit is building confidence in the next generation of females.  CrossFit is celebrating strength as beauty and acceptance of one’s self.  Breaking the mold.  Fighting for our girls.

Photo by Jay Kay
Written by Alexandria Lemos

About Alexandria: Alexandria Lemos is a recent graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. A long-time CrossFit enthusiast, she is currently transitioning back from working out in the downstairs weight room of school to the garage gym lifestyle in her home in Hanford, California. Alexandria loves CrossFit, writing, photography, teaching, and spending time with her family. The highlight of her summers since 2010 has been attending the CrossFit Games which she happily claims to be her “Christmas in July.”

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