Know when to fold ‘em

January 18th, 2010  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  2 Comments

Good post from Josh Hillis today, about knowing when to quit. He’s more focused on getting women “bikini-ready”, but nevertheless the underlying concept is good — that you should understand:

  • what reality looks like — what a fit body truly is
  • how a fit body stacks up against the rest of the world (hint: 20% body fat is pretty good!)
  • you should celebrate your accomplishments — modest as they may seem to you

As he writes, “Here is the problem: You actually don’t have any idea of what you look like. Sometimes you feel fat and gross, sometimes you feel skinny and hot, and neither is entirely connected to reality.” This is especially true for folks who don’t spend a lot of time in the world of athletic training, because they don’t have the context nor experience to properly evaluate things like “strong” or “fit” or “lean”.

We don’t know what fit women really look like. They sure as heck don’t look like magazine cover models. (And even magazine cover models don’t look like magazine cover models, as the example of Heidi Montag illustrates.)

If you’ve achieved a certain (fairly moderate) set of goals, he writes, you’re already a rockstar and there is nothing left to fix. Keep up the great work! YEAH!


  1. Sharon from Penn State says:

    January 18th, 2010at 12:02 pm(#)

    Rockstar? Pfff! I wish I could find someone to get me to “Ready for the Highland Games” Star. I dream of turning the caber….

  2. Janna says:

    January 19th, 2010at 10:20 am(#)

    Interesting blog post, but I wish he’d show some other pictures of “fit” women who are 19-21% body fat. I DO think having realistic examples would help many women to expand their mindset of what “fit” means.

    She’s been on the plastic surgery bandwagon for some time; Heidi Montag is not really a good example of what most women are going to look like (or want to look like) when they achieve a high level of fitness.

    I really like that piece you wrote about the Olympic athletes and body size, shape, fitness levels a while ago – it was quite a revelation for me and a few women I sent the link to. I’d like to see more on that (with examples) discussed in the media.

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