Quote Of The Day
“I was a professional athlete for over 20 years, and I have never missed a menstrual cycle. Ok, do I have your attention now? Here we go.
“I want to share my experiences of dealing with weight and body composition in my running career right now because, well, they’re positive ones. In this time of revelation of so much mistreatment of female athletes in the running world, I want people to know that it is possible for a female athlete to feel secure and supported at all levels of development. I excelled at running in high school, in college, and at the professional and masters level. I have never experienced fat shaming from a coach, male or female. Am I in the minority here? I don’t know, but I do know that there are good coaches out there and that it is possible to be a successful athlete without being in a system of abuse. I’m not denying or dismissing the pain that other athletes have experienced. But just as they are sharing their truths, I want to share mine….
“A question I have is why does there always have to be an emotional component attached to weight? Do we have emotional reactions to the results of our blood work, or a one rep max test in the gym? It’s most likely that we don’t. There’s no reason that weight and body composition can’t be analyzed and discussed the same way that we discuss all other aspects of training. It is possible to view a number on the scale with the same amount of emotion that we view a time we ran on the track or a weight that we just did for squats in the gym. We have the power ourselves to choose whether we make this attachment. Let me clarify here that these are my thoughts on how to handle weight and body comp as a pro, which I view very differently than the high school or collegiate level…
“…I think that as a whole we are moving in the right direction. Although there are still some unethical people coaching, I think it’s important that we don’t scare coaches away from challenging an athlete when they need to address something that is important for the athlete’s development. Over the years I received some tough love from my parents and my coaches, both male and female. I believe that athletes still need people in their lives that will challenge them, but this challenge needs to come from a place of compassion and good intention.”
-3-time Olympian Jen Rhines writing on jenrhines.com in an article entitled, “My Thoughts and Experiences on Weight, Body Composition and Making Choices.”
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