On Tuesday, Hagiya posted a photo of herself in a bikini, along with a caption about learning to love her body.
I'm going to address something that has been on my mind a lot lately. It's a hard subject for me since I struggle with body image issues but here goes nothing. My body does not look like all the other @crossfitgames female athletes with crazy ripped abs and zero body fat on their stomachs. I wish I could look like that, but I've come to the realization that this is my body. I work my ass off in training everyday. I eat clean for the most part, but am human and love to indulge in dessert every now and then. I'm in the best shape of my life and still don't have a six pack. Not even close to a 4 lol. Some of it is genetics and the other part is I could eat less calories to try to look like everyone else. But the bottom line is I need to eat to perform. I can't worry about trying to look like a "Games" athlete because having a six pack doesn't always make for the best athlete. So for anyone who thinks they need to look a certain way to be a Regionals or Games competitor, you don't. Stay on the grind and keep doing you!
If you've ever checked out the Games, it's worth noting that many of the women competing have insane six-packs (and sometimes even eight-packs). It's the "prototype" body for the games.
But Hagiya's Instagram brings up an important truth: There is no one type of body for any sport. There isn't any one way to be or look powerful. Look at Serena Williams, who's been outspoken about loving her body in spite of the unfair criticism she's faced for not fitting the "normal" slim physique for a woman in tennis.
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