Maria Kang: SuperMom or Bully?

October 21, 2013  |  

Hello Beautiful Readers! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in regards to Maria Kang, it must be in the millions. Unless you’ve been avoiding all media lately, I’m talking about the picture of SuperMom – Maria Kang. Maria posted a picture of herself on Facebook wearing boy shorts and a sports bra. Below, were her three children with a caption that read “What’s Your Excuse?” The thing that set so many folks off was that she was incredibly fit for a mom of three, and people felt she was fat-shaming others for not looking like her. Some even went so far as to tell her to put her clothes on because they felt she was sending out the wrong message. Now you might be asking yourself..”what does this have to do with me?” The answer. Everything.

Maria Kang could just as easily be you or someone you know. Someone who has made a conscious decision to not let the responsibilities of motherhood put her fitness on the sideline. If you know me, then I give an applause for what she’s about. I believe the backlash has been nothing short of ridiculous. On the contrary, motherhood should inspire you even more to put your fitness at the forefront. Want more energy to play with your kids? Do you feel like your eating habits have taken a wrong turn? Well, you have the power to change all that. All it takes is better planning and a desire to make the changes.

Let’s imagine that you were in Maria Kang’s shoes. You’re raising your kids. You’re handling your responsibilities. You’ve put in the time to make sure you feel and look your best. But are you being selfish? Are you in shape just for your own personal vanity? Are you fat-shaming because you care about your health as a mother and want to inspire others? Do you see just how crazy it seems now? People will do their best to try to derail positive actions when it makes them question their own situation. Think of all the positive light you could bring if you took charge of your health. Imagine having the body of your dreams and the energy to play with your children. What would you be willing to sacrifice to have that fitter, healthier lifestyle? You see the reality is, Maria Kang has the same tools you each have. She simply has chosen to utilize hers. Hopefully, she had the support from family support and friends. But you can’t let lack of family support hamper your fitness endeavors. Just like Maria, you’ll face haters and naysayers. They’ll come in the form of friends, co-workers and loved ones. They may even call you a bully. While I believe that the term bully has no place in the situation, but if being a bully means you get to live a fitter and healthier lifestyle, then I say bully away!

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Celebrity Fitness Trainer, trainer of trainers, controversial, out spoken, engaging, athlete; these are just a few words to describe fitness juggernaut: Tarik Tyler. From his articles in Vogue, Allure to numerous TV appearances on VH-1 and Style Network to his most notable work with Shaquille Oneal on ABC Networks ‘Shaq’s Big Challenge’ this powerhouse of fitness has a career that spans over two decades.

From New York to Los Angeles, his work on the health and fitness of adults, children, celebrities and athletes can best be described as game changing. He has worked with celebrity clientele; Tracey Morgan, Kate Hudson, Tiffany Theissen, Lindsay Price and Tomiko Fraser-Hines. 

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