Body positivity. We hear the term a lot lately and I wonder, what comes up for you when you hear it. I automatically imagine plus-sized women marching through the clothing aisle, gleefully flinging skimpy outfits to the side as they sing an ’embrace your curves’ medley. OK, maybe that’s the musical theater version of it (which is odd because I don’t like musicals) but whatever the image in my head is, it’s definitely comprised of women who are all plus-sized. Hmm. Why would that be? I’ll tell you why. Evil indoctrination. But thanks to my new friend and fellow blogger CeCe of PlusSizePrincess, I’ve had an awakening. CeCe brought 10 amazing women together for a Body Positive Workout at AquaStudio NY and granted us all beautiful bathing suits from swimsuitsforall.
When I arrived at AquaStudio for our Aquacycling class, I was surprised that our group comprised women who were plus-size, straight-size and some in-betweenies like myself. I was amazed at my own lack of awareness. Body positivity isn’t just for some of us, it should be readily recognized as something that everyone with a body should experience. Duh! This whole notion of separating women based on body type/shape/size is ridiculous and archaic. Do we really need more division? No, no, no.
So here’s how the day went down.
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The AquaCycle Workout
First of all, I do not like spinning but bolting a bike to the bottom of a pool for a water workout is intriguing. Water makes everything better! Ours was a BLEND class which combined several styles for a challenging 45-minute session. We alternated seated and standing positions on the bike, hung off the back of the bike, added arm movements, and tread water all while continuously pedaling. Can you say focus and concentration? Yeah.
Our instructor, Ed, was quite helpful and when he realized I had a bike that was determined to float away, he came over and stood on it for me. Thanks Ed!
Admittedly, I was not prepared for the intensity of the class (or to get my hair wet) but in addition to providing a great workout, the class had a lovely and unexpected meditative quality. The usual stress present in a regular cycling workout was absent at AquaStudio because being in the water bestows an automatic zen. It’s a winner!
The Outfit – swimsuitsforall – Body Positivity in Action
Each of us got to choose a swimsuit from swimsuitsforall, a leader in swimsuits for curvy women. Their mission is to make the world a better place to swim by providing high quality, flattering swimsuits for women sizes 8 to 34. I chose the Chlorine Resistant Xtra Life Zip Swimsuit in Blue that fit perfectly. I picked the zipper so I could modify my cleavage exposure to suit the occasion. Yes, sometimes the girls need to make more of an appearance.
The range of suits available at swimsuitsforall is incredible. I particularly like the two-piece suits with capri or full-length bottoms that can go from yoga to the pool and back. The collection is called Gym to Swim and it’s genius.
If you’re in New York, I highly recommend giving AquaCycling a shot. They have classes for all skill and fitness levels and you can purchase single classes or sign up for an unlimited monthly membership. Check out the site for all the details. And if you can’t get to New York to try the classes you can certainly get a great swimsuit at swimsuitsforall and do your own body positive water workout!
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Cycling is hard enough. I’m not woman enough to do aqua cycling. But you look really cute in the pool. 🙂
Why thank you! I bet you could do it Anitra!
I love the idea of body positivity, Patranila! Size really shouldn’t matter. We all have aspects of our bodies that we like. Of course I like the fitness aspect too.
I love that the fitness class featured women of all shapes and sizes. When I used to do Zumba, I noticed women and even the instructors were varying sizes. It made me feel so much more encouraged to continue the classes. Unfortunately, I had to put Zumba on hold because of a back injury. Really encouraging post!
Oh no. Wishing you a speedy recovery so you can get back out there soon! I’ve never done a Zumba class but I do love the inclusivity that I see there.
This looks amazingly fun! I am a such a water person that I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner! You are stunning by the way.
Thank you so much Ashlee! The water makes it so much better. Apparently it’s quite popular in Europe and AquaStudio NY is the first in the U.S.
I love it! I am still working on loving how I look right this very minute. I was thin for so long, that this body and all that comes with it is still challenging for me. Those suites are so nice!
It can definitely be challenging to adjust to changes in your body. I used to be quite a bit thinner too and it has been a long road to accepting what body I’m walking around in today. Don’t know if I’m quite there yet, but hope springs eternal!
Another reminder that I need to stop talking about getting in shape and actually start doing so! The looks like a lot of fun and I’m all for body positivity and loving the skin you are in.
This looks like a lot of fun. I would definitely try it out!
This is wonderful!! Loving all the positive vibes!! <3