Vulnerability, shame, and CrossFit

Posted: October 7, 2013 in CrossFit
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I just watched two TED talks (which appear below) by Brené Brown, and they made me realize why CrossFit works. When you’re a fattie, working out makes you feel vulnerable, and you don’t want that because you’re often already ashamed because you’re a fattie, particularly if you’re a woman, because women are supposed to conform to the societal norms, to be thin and beautiful.

I’ve spent a lot of time lately not working out and feeling guilty. Guilt, not shame, and as soon as I post this, I’m going to go do my scaled-like-the-dickens workout so I can shed some guilt, if not pounds. Watch this in the meantime:


  1. alessandran says:

    I’ve started and stopped crossfit 3 times because of guilt and shame. Thank you for this post. I may start again.

  2. Kenna McNamara says:

    Sure am glad Brene Brown addressed vulnerability. I was not sure what that feeling of wanting to stay quiet and invisible was all about. I just knew it was safe. Now I know what that feeling was and why I wanted to keep it.

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