June 17, 2015
Do you want a "hot bod," one that "guys" will "gawk at" while you strut down the "beach" in your "bikini?" Do you want bros to think "whoa, that's a sexy chick" as you pass, but not actually say so because it's rude as fuck? Do you festoon your vanity mirror with "inspirational" photos of people fitter and more attractive than yourself (or perhaps yourself in fitter, more attractive times) in order to motivate your own fitness efforts? Do you (or more likely, your boyfriend) follow "fitspo" Instagram accounts wherein the women who run them profit entirely off their willingness to take pictures of themselves in their underwear? If so, Sophie Kay would like a word with you.
Sophie Kay is not a pornstar, despite her ridiculous name and the fact that she's photographed mostly in various stages of undress. She's a London-based personal trainer, and the U.K. news is going apeshit over a blog post of hers where she points out some of the bullshit you see behind "fitspo" posts on Instagram and the "before and after" shots used by the health and fitness industry. The secret? They're usually a bunch of deceptive, smoke and mirrors bullshit.
"All I did in the 3 minutes between the two photos was to turn off the overhead light, put on underwear that fit better, twist my body slightly to the side to show off my best angle, flex and, of course, add a filter. So don’t pay much attention to those ‘before and after’ shots!"
As you can see, she goes from "girl" to "girl who knows how to do her hair and appears to have someone standing uncomfortably close behind her." In three minutes! I also have it on good authority that for many "before and after" shots you see on the web and TV, they're actually shot in reverse. The already-fit model will snap the "afters," and then gorge themselves on junk food and soda for a while. Then it's just a matter of slipping into ill-fitting clothes, standing in bad light and adopting a bad posture, and boom - you have your "before" photos, and the model is free to cry themselves to sleep thinking about the number of miles they'll have to run to work off the shit they ate.
She also shares some other helpful fitness tips, like "I like to eat pizza," and "Exercise is hard, which is kind of implied by its name." Useful advice, especially for the people struggling in vain to "work off their gut" now that it's hot outside and wearing Canada Goose jackets is neither comfortable nor socially acceptable anymore.
Just, y'know, do what you can (and get creative with your Instagram posts)..