Fucking Huge Arms

Sep 05, 2016

Last week one of my friends commented that my arms were fucking huge. I was quite flattered. What's the point of flexing all evening if nobody notices!

In the last few years, I've read a lot of stuff online about how CrossFit has made it ok for women to have a muscular physique. Really? Sometimes I forget that I live in this giant gay bubble. It has always been more than ok for me to have muscles.

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From the age of 6 my nickname was Muscles and I thought it was the greatest thing ever. I always associated muscles with be able to do cool stuff, like rope climbs, pull-ups and handstands. My friends in high school were amazing and would brag to the guys that I had bigger biceps than they did. It never occurred to me that it was unfeminine, I just always took it as a compliment. I coach girls' gymnastics and the interesting part is not how many tricks I can teach them. The fun part is training their little minds to know that it is cool to be strong. To teach them that the stronger they get the more cool shit they can do. Not everyone wants to have fucking huge arms and that is totally fine. But, I want all women to feel that they have the right to be strong.

Art by Sally Grosart