This is a very non-scientific question, out of pure curiosity.
The last 3 years I’ve been kickboxing passionately, I started lifting weights and then, one year ago, I started crossfit as well. (I was in high school and took a year off after that, so I had lots of time and energy to spend) Now I’m in medical school and, of course, I don’t have as much time for exercise as I used to. Therefore, I cut out crossfit and weight lifting. I still do kickboxing once every two weeks, but added in pilates/yoga and lots of bodyweight exercises.
Long story short, I’m not as buff as I used to be and I’ve begun to really, really like it. I gained a bit of weight in the right areas (yes, body fat *gasp) and I feel good. My best male friend actually said: “ Finally, girl. You might enjoy being strong and knowing you could beat up any guy any minute but honestly, you’re way hotter now!”
First, I was quite offended. I always laughed at the guys who said they don’t like muscular women and thought: Oh my, what a pussy, I need to get myself a REAL man.”
Then I thought about the fact that it might have never suited my body type. I’m naturally very curvy (80 D and hourglass shape).
Being buff didn’t change or exaggerate that but, I guess, it might have looked like a bit too much together. Like, you wouldn’t actually notice my rack but the whole package and therefore be scared of such a broad and tall (5’10) girl haha.
So, my question is (for the ladies): Have you ever cut back on exercise and got a positive response? How do you approach the conflict between being very buff and the so-called “feminine” look of today’s media? Do you think women in paleolithic age were just lean and fit or truly muscular?
Question for the men: Are you just looking for a woman that is confident in her skin or would you actually choose one body type over the other? (Only considering looks)