Kettlebell Trainer Lorna Kleidman Supports an Article Concerning the Inspiring Diversity of Olympic Body Types

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Following an article published on Jezebel.com, Lorna Kleidman reacts to female Olympic athletes and how their various body types can inspire others, encouraging a less perfectionist standard for female bodies.

On August 20th, Lorna Kleidman, kettlebell training expert, supports an article published on Jezebel.com regarding the varying women body types of this year’s summer Olympics. Kleidman comments on how the differing bodies of Olympian women can serve as an inspiration for those who wish to feel more comfortable with their physiques.

According to the article, while male Olympic athletes also have their bodies scrutinized, it is apparent that female Olympic athletes typically suffer more when it comes to their bodies being sexualized and criticized. The founding member of the U.K. Campaign for Body Confidence, Jo Swinson, states that the Olympics are “one of the times we actually get to see women without makeup on television” Jezebel.com reports. The article also points out that the two week span of the Olympic Games is likely the only time when such diverse body types are represented on television. Additionally the article explains that many female athletes do not have endorsement deals after the Games because, according to Phillippa Diedrichs of the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of West England, it becomes more about how attractive they look “as opposed to what their bodies can do.”

Lorna Kleidman, three time kettlebell champion and creator of KettleX, a workout program dedicated to kettlebell exercises, appreciates the article for pointing out the need to emphasize the ability of these women, as opposed to focusing on their aesthetic alone. As a champion herself, one of Kleidman’s goals for her fitness training program is to encourage a positive body image and allow students to grow confident and healthy through beneficial exercises. Kleidman believes that the diverse body types of the Olympic athletes allow women worldwide to feel more self-assured in their own skin.

The Jezebel article concludes by expressing that although endorsement deals may focus solely on appearance, the popularity of women’s sports may transform the disparity and could create the possibility of more women being represented after the Olympic Games. In addition, this may completely renovate body imagine across the world, giving women with non-airbrushed bodies a chance to be seen in the public eye rather than judged.
Lorna Kleidman is a Three-Time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovated methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy to use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.

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