The stereotypical weight lifter is a hulking, muscular guy, possibly beefed up on steroids. But actress and MTV India host Gurbani Judge turns that stereotype on its head. Bani J, as she’s known by fans, loves lifting and frequently posts pics from the gym on Instagram. For some reason, though, many commenters believe women should stay far, far away from the weight room. They leave notes like:
“‘Lifting weights will make you look manly.’”
“Girls should only do cardio, lifting is for guys.”
“That’s way too much muscle for a woman.”
Bani had enough of these insulting remarks, so she set a few things straight in a passionate post: She doesn’t lift for anyone but herself, and she doesn’t care who finds her body attractive or not.
I never entered the gym because of what people said I ‘should/ ought to/ must’ look like. I went in there to get strong, to be active, to be healthy, to sweat…
I love me so much, and that’s all that matters. I am so happy (blame all the endorphins) doing what I do day in and out that all else is tuned out.
This is something I’ve gotten better at accepting and allowing day by day. That’s why you will always hear people say “It’s not just physical, it’s so much more MENTAL” because to get to where you want to go, you have to look within and really be true to yourself and know that yes, this is what I’m about. This is what matters, this puts me in alignment and makes me a more joyful, happy, productive being. And guess what? You’ll end up inspiring and encouraging and being that source for other people along the path too.
How’s that for inspiring? We love when women work to change the perception that strength training is something just for men. But it’s even better that working out brings her so much joy, regardless of all the dumb comments she gets. You keep doing you, Bani!