You’re probably already familiar with Cassey Ho–the 20-something YouTube star, blogger, and personal trainer behind the fitness empire that is Pop Pilates. Yesterday, Cassey released a new video, entitled “The Perfect Body“, that deals with our collective obsession with body image, media messages, and negative online interaction. She writes,
“When you look in the mirror, are you happy with what you see? Or do you stare at yourself, pinching your fat away, lifting up your butt, pushing in your boobs, wishing you looked like a VS supermodel? It’s hard to be content with the shape of your body when people are constantly telling you how fat you are. The backhanded compliments, the mean comments, the cyber bullying – all of this messes with us…and it hurts. What if getting flat abs and bigger boobs was as easy as a click. What if you could stop all the hate and just photoshop yourself right now, in real life? What would you change?”
If you haven’t already seen this video, it’s worth a watch:
In the age of Instagram, these are all issues we deal with. As a trainer and online personality, however, Cassey has opened herself up to appearance-related commentary on an even larger scale. The comments she receives are not always positive. Now more than ever, it seems as if the ultimate goal for many involved in fitness isn’t to be happy, healthy, or strong, but rather to LOOK good. To have a hot body. To be able to post sexy gym photos and tag them as #fitspo. If you don’t look good/right/fit/hot, you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about. Ew.
The pressure to look perfect can be suffocating. What are we willing to do to get there? What does body perfection entail? Is it even real?