I’m not even on Instagram but I know there is a big trend of girls posting pics and guides on how they grew their glutes. Usually accompanied by before and after pictures- from a sad little pancake to glutes that wouldn’t look out of place on an olympic sprinter. Followed, of course, with 45 peach and kissy face emoji’s.
I just spent about three minutes googling for an example of these before and afters that are popping up everywhere and the vast majority are a little too gratuitous for me to include. We’ll settle for this peachy pic, mmmk?
Until now I’ve rolled my eyes hardcore when these type of transformations get covered in the fitness articles I check out, possibly because I’ve got a love/hate relationship with my own “peach”.
In school I ran track, I danced on a dance team, I loved rollerblading…. I was pretty thin all over except for my “peach”. All this is painfully embarrassing to admit. I hated it. I got whistled at, people commented…it was just a source of torturous embarrassment for an awkward adolescent.
My friends with smaller backsides were jealous. Which I never got, but proves that the grass always seems greener on the other side.
So I’m seeing these glute-tastic transformations thinking, “why on earth would you want to make your butt bigger?!?!?!” 😲 Are these girls doing it to get more attention? I don’t get it.
But I took the time to watch one such peachy Instagram model; Bethany Tomlinson, talk about Her Transformation. And I realized that this is a good thing. A very good thing. Girls are building self-esteem and lifting heavy weights and actually eating. Compared to the inane paper challenge where girls try to disappear behind a sheet of paper or the cringe-inducing thigh gap idealization, this is a trend that is actually healthy.
Girls are realizing that they can improve their self-esteem and their curves through lifting weights. I still could do without the skintight leggings and to my old granny (I’m pretty prudish here at 31) eyes- gratuitous glute emphasis. Butt overall, I feel an odd sense of pride in these girls that could not care less about hiding behind a piece of paper.
As I’ve gotten older I’ve made more peace with my body and curves…
After I had my first baby, I lost all the weight really quickly and lost a lot of muscle with it too. I lost my butt. It gave me a new appreciation for what I had. I started lifting weights because I was not feeling my sad, saggy “skinny-fat” look. I started with 5 pound dumbells. We all start somewhere. Yesterday I was pulling 30# for a single arm row and deadlifting 60. Strength training got things back “up” to where they should be, after three babies and breastfeeding for a combined 3 years. Cardio will help shrink your body but you need weights to sculpt it. I’d argue that weights are far more important than cardio.
I’m feeling pretty happy these days with my peach- built through a combo of genetics and a lot of hard work butt don’t look for any skintight legging-clad closeups of this peach anytime soon 😉 🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑😘😘😘😘😘