In our new Realtalk Fitness series, we're sharing the realities of being a fitness instructor today. We know it takes a lot of effort to create a lasting career with a steady following, and we want to shed light on what it’s really like.
I’m a Pilates instructor, personal trainer, and nutrition coach, and I never want a six-pack. You might find this surprising — after all, my job is to help people feel fit and strong, so why wouldn’t I want so-called perfect abs?
Despite social media adding to the pressure to look a certain way, especially if you are a Pilates and fitness professional, the truth is that having a six-pack can be unhealthy. In fact, in the pursuit of a flawless abdomen, it’s very easy for women to become overtrained, underweight, and antisocial.
Here's why I’d rather have a strong core instead of washboard abs: