All those shiny people on your Instagram and TikTok feeds like to claim that they're all-natural. The truth can be less attractive, as one reader found out - when she got a job with an influencer
I still wish they would allow the roid olympics. Just let people fuckin' juice till their arteries explode. 100m sprints is 5.4 seconds. High jumpers clearing 6m. Javelin throwers spiking spectators. Shotputters v cannons. Rythmic gymnasts just fuckin' spinning on one finger and twirling the ribbon with their beef cake toes. Fuck it. give the horses in the equestrian events steroids too and let them do whatever horses do at the olympics but banged out on roids and Ketamine.
It's pretty shocking the lack of ethics in that whole industry. Years ago, when Facebook was dewy and fresh, and the closest thing to influencers were rugby WAGs Women's Weekly columns, I had a flatmate who somehow decided to start a diet programme; let's call it CertainSlender. It had her counting calories and weighing out CAULIFLOWER to the gram. She very quickly started doing things like baking lavishly for the flat and it was absolutely terrifying to watch a descent into disordered eating happen in real time.
She'd had an in-person appointment with them before she began and they were happy to let her begin. Why? Money, of course; she must have been a size 8.
The fitfluencer sphere is so bizarre. I powerlif so I follow a decent amount of the niche "influencers" under that sphere which tend to be less insane but there's still always drama, and because of that it tunes me in a bit to the craziness that is the greater fitfluencer sphere like in your post.
As for self improvement, I had commented on your webworm post about how I loved this idea for your blog because I kept saying about a decade ago how I was going to blog about trying out a new diet or wellness fad monthly (or whatever) basically to give my opinion and rating of it and if it was decent or bunk. Well I'm still not blogging, but between that comment and now I've found myself out of medical necessity trying out a new diet 😂 between that and lifting I fully expect to look like Liver King in a few months LOLOL jk
Josh, I'm so so sorry you got caught in the Xero layoff :( Hope you find a great new project or role to take on next.
I love your art <3 Gorgeous work on that forest. I admire your artistic talent so much, I know you have worked hard at it, but I also think you are naturally very talented.
Thanks for the interesting read :D
Rad & Stryker² - actually real names! LOL!
I knew that steroids were common for men in the fitness industry but had no idea women did them?! I thought it was more like surgery and Photoshop. Now I'm going to be even more skeptical
My self-improvement resolution this year is to get some yoga & a walk in every day, and so far it’s going well. Admittedly I won’t be getting any muscle ups out of it but it’s making me happy. I suppose I do follow an “influencer” (Adrienne from Yoga with Adrienne on You Tube) but she doesn’t seem like one, there is no ‘one easy trick’, or let me sell you some supplements ...I’m sure every influencer-follower in denial says that though!