10 Fitspo Quotes That Do More Harm Than Good

rocky fitspoFitspo, thinspo’s jock sister, has really done an A+ job becoming a thing on the internet, but I have a hard time believing it actually inspires anyone.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with inspiring people to be strong and active, that’s why we have coaches and trainers. The kind of Fitspo we’re seeing on line is not a healthy way  to find motivation. It’s ok to want to be fit, it’s ok to want to change your life, it’s not okay to insult people that don’t want to do that, it’s not okay to insult your current body, and it’s weird to try to scare people into working out. How can exercise become something you love to do and want to keep doing if you’re performing it out of a shallow fear?

In the past we’ve discussed how difficult it is to differentiate earnest fitspo quotes from parodies. The real quotes meant to inspire people are often hilariously insulting and harmful. Not that all internet fitspo is a joke, there are some quotations about effort and believing in yourself and not procrastinating that I’m sure are helpful, but those gems are difficult to notice through all the bullshit. The lion’s share of Fitspo posts on Pinterest and Tumblr are disturbing quotes poorly photoshopped over glistening pictures of abs and butts. They’re jokes and disturbing counterproductive insults most of the time.

See for yourself. Click through for 10 Fitspo quotes that are unsettlingly counterproductive…

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    • Fabel

      “thinspo’s jock sister” lol

      • Joanna Rafael

        You get me, Fabel.

    • jane

      I think maybe you are taking the quotes a bit seriously… the last one I just think means that you feel those things and training does make people feel better about themselves. The others had such little impact I have forgotten them already…other than cheap and fast, hilarious…I think I am all of the above…

      • Joanna Rafael

        I call fitspo a joke in the post.

      • Julia Sonenshein

        Yeah Joanna, lighten the hell up about these sick jokes.

    • Muggle

      to #2: I like cupcakes more than exercise. Oddly enough, eating cupcakes and sitting on my ass keeps me small and working out makes me bigger.

      I must be some type of alien being. O.o

      What pisses me off about fitspo and these hokey “inspiration” quotes/pics is that they assume the only reason a woman might want to exercise or work out is for her weight (or “her health,” which tends to be a euphemism for weight anyway). I’m already thin and all this bullshit does is de-motivates me. I actually had trouble at one point staying at a healthy weight, I’m terrified of going back to those days of constantly being sick and being called “anorexic” by total strangers and people who really should have known better. There are other reasons to want to work out, but literally none of them are ever addressed.

    • KD

      I was REALLY trying to understand your arguments/ jokes, but for a gal who has enjoyed sports/fitness her entire life, your sarcasm was very off putting. One (1) toxic bite will throw your metabolism off for two (2) weeks (not to mention all of long term repercussions from the toxic chemicals) and alcohol, however glorious, will make any nutritionally educated person want to detox immediately after drinking. These jokes are meant for people who are dedicated to a disciplined healthy lifestyle (which is the ONLY way to achieve the bodies in those photos or your personal physical best). It’s absurd to us that people are still justifying what they eat and their lack of physical activity like existing smokers do. These images and text are promoting health and humor, not labels, bullying or anything negative. I struggle with understanding kids in sports ALL getting a trophy and EVERYONE is a winner mindset, also.

      Best regards,
      Kate

    • Lamprophonia

      I’m not sure I’m with you on number 2… the point is obviously to say that eating crap food will make you obese. That’s not a judgement, its a fact. Especially if you eat things like cupcakes with reckless abandon. Discipline is the an important part of being healthy, if not the MOST important part of it.