Buff Girl Positivity


Christina Dobbek, Reporter

Serena Williams, Linda Hamilton, Michelle Obama, Cameron Diaz. What do they all have in common? They are all buff women–and proud of it! It’s time women start being proud, not ashamed, of their muscles!

Strong women have often been seen as too masculine just because they could probably bench press a walrus if they wanted to. Senior Sophia Madden says, “It’s largely unaccepted to be strong and to have muscles [as a woman] and if you do have muscles, then you’re a man or manly. It’s seen as bad and unfeminine, but it’s just being strong.”

Lucky for all you aspiring bodybuilders in the Pres community, people in the media are finally getting a clue and not diminishing buff women but encouraging them!

There’s no reason a man should be intimidated by a woman who’s able to deadlift more than he can — he should be impressed. Besides, what’s more fun than competition?

Not that you need the approval of society to be confident in your body, but researchers found that muscular female bodies are rated more attractive than thin bodies recently, according to Mirror.

Here at Pres there are a few women that stick out when it comes to being muscular. We’ve seen them roaming the halls every day, and I bet we’ve underestimated the long road of hard, hard work that created these female powerhouses.

Trust me when I say that it takes a lot of hard work to get those biceps. “I have never really felt insecure about it. I see it as something I’m proud of… I know how hard I’ve worked to achieve it,” says Madden.

Speaking of hard work, Junior Marley Wahler has particularly strict eating and exercise habits. “I do Crossfit every day and have practice outside of school. On breaks I go to… Crossfit Lifeworx at six a.m. I eat particularly clean because eating habits outweigh workout habits. So no red meat, minimal dairy lots of fruits and veggies and lots of water,” Wahler says.

But neither Madden nor Wahler are willing to become a health robot. “If someone offers me a cookie, I’ll eat it,” Madden admits.

Like anything else, being strong has its perks. “I’m a little bit addicted,” says Madden. She continues, “It’s [about] reaching your physical capacities, but also your mental capacities.”

Similarly, Wahler says, “[Working] hard and lifting heavy things helps me get through the heavy times in my life and takes some of that weight off my shoulders.”

If you’re wondering how these two strong and muscular Pres girls got to this point, here is your answer: hard work and inspiration. More specifically, muscular women before them inspired Madden and Wahler to become the best that they can be.

Madden identified her role models as “the people around me like Marley and girls like that that I work out with…[and] a lot of more famous Crossfitters like Katrin Davidsdottir.”

“[Shaun Eagen, strength and conditioning coach,] is a big part of encouraging my goals but I also admire a lot of the female Crossfit athletes like Brooke Wells who is insanely strong, a full time student and went to her first [Crossfit] games when she was 18,” Wahler says. Madden also pointed out Eagen as someone who “facilitates our ability to become stronger.”

With the help of all of their role models, strong women like Madden and Wahler can be role models for other women to be proud of their physical accomplishments and embrace their muscles, too — one bicep at a time.