During my Crossfit journey with Crossfit Fifteen, a few things became apparent. It is hard work being a girl at the gym! Check out my top 15 reasons why being a girl at the gym is not easy.
1. Boobs getting in the way of every single type of exercise
Boobs get in the way of everything. Not only do you require an industrial strength bra, to stop giving yourself two black eyes, but no matter what you do boobs always end up getting in the way. Every time I try and do any type of exercise that requires lying face down on the floor, I end up giving up after a few attempts! Granted I do have a rather substanisal bust, but I can only imagine they get in the way at varying levels for each lady. Sure I’m already lifting weights carrying around these bad boys on my chest all day!
2. Knickers going into places they are not suppose to go
No matter what underwear you wear, they end up so far wedged up your backside that you need some sort of pilers to pull them out again. There seriously has to be some type of underwear out that doesn’t want to set up camp halfway up your nether regions every time you exercise.
3. Clothing riding up to reveal far to much of your jiggly bits
No matter what top I wear, every time I do an move that requires any type of jumping, my top decides that it wants to surprise everyone with a lovely view of my belly. Hello!!! I’m in the gym trying to get rid of my belly, the last thing I want to do is to show it to the world mid jump!
4. Hair that has a mind of it’s own
There is no hairstyle on earth that will stop my hair falling out while I workout. No matter how I tie my hair up, it always ends up getting in my way when I’m at the gym. not only does it fall out, but it gets in the way. There has to be a way to stop me looking like the girl from The Grudge.
5. Constantly checking for camel toe
Now there is a word I thought I would never, ever put on The Beautiful Truth, but tight trousers and heavy work outs, can cause embarrassing trouser problems. I don’t need to go into the details, because we have all been there one time or another.
6. Sports bras that are just not supportive enough
We’ve all been there. The moment as you run or jump and realise that the puppies might break free at any moment and hit you smack bang in the face. I don’t honestly think that there is a bra out there that could hold mine in place.
7. Bobbins breaking and bobby pins flying
The moment when your only bobbin breaks, just as you fix your hair in place. Total heart ache. I don’t know about you, but that to me is a good enough excuse to get in your car, go home and sit in front of the TV for the night.
8. The Fear of going bare faced in public.
Every time I go to the gym, I thank god for my embrowdery and eyelash extensions, as it takes the complete bare faced look off of going out in public, but honestly does any female who wears makeup feel 100% comfortable walking into a gym with a complete bare face? There are some good looking men knocking about, I feel like wearing a sign saying ” I don’t look this bad all the time, I swear”.
9. Men seeing you get all sweaty and wheezy
There really is no denying that when I exercise I go purple and nearly keel over from the exertion. For years, this was ok, as you would be hard pushed to find a man in a Zumba or Step aerobics class. In Crossfit I was surrounded by them, and my only saving grace is that they are far too busy perfecting their lifting technique to be noticing this weedy little girl in the corner trying desperately to lift a 12kg kettle bell.!
10. Putting on your cropped gym trousers and realising your legs are long overdue a visit to the waxers
Cropped trousers and gorilla legs are not a pretty sight. The Chewbacca look is not in and honestly who wants to see that? Wax or shave those babies. nobody needs that kind of insulation.
11. Desperately hoping you won’t have to wash your hair after a sweaty workout
Dry shampoo is a girls best friend, but there is always a moment or two when you wonder “did I sweat enough to justify washing my hair?” I find that my week revolves around what is the best day to wash my hair so that I don’t have to wash and dry it more than is really required
12. Trying to pretend that some of the exercise are not sexual looking
I don’t know which is worse, doing the exercises that look like something out of 50 shades of grey. Or catching someones eye while you’re doing them!
13. Trying to walk up or down stairs after a leg day
Not only is walking up the stairs after leg they hard, but trying to go the loo is even harder, as more often than not it requires some sort of squat in a public loo!
14. Unexplained bruises
I’m covered in them. Don’t know how, or where I got them but they’re there.
15. Wearing glasses in the gym is not a good idea
I’ve run out of contact lenses and found myself having to wearing my glasses . Not a good idea at all. More often than not I end up dropping them on the floor and them I’m as blind as a bat and haven’t a breeze what’s going on around me
JackieNovember 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm
Oh God that is sooo funny I thought it was just me!!!
KatieNovember 20, 2014 at 12:37 am
Haha these are all hilarious and so very true! Love your honesty
aisling KillaneDecember 4, 2014 at 7:32 am
Love this. Very True!!
LauraFebruary 6, 2015 at 11:55 pm
i’m a fellow busty crossfitter and my sports bra s are a freya one with no wire or padding-its hideous but fantastic and a new pink shock absorber one! you won’t move a bit in either! The bruises-haha that’s so true !
I just found your blog today- It’s great!
Sinead KFebruary 7, 2015 at 6:32 pm
Hey Laura, I bought a shock absorber at christmas and thank god it holds the puppies in. not one ounce of giggle with it!