I love SELF magazine, because they always seem to be encouraging women to be the best versions of themselves, not someone else, and healthier -- not "skinnier" or "sexier." You get the idea. But I'm not sure what they were going for in their October issue, having ESPN sideline reporter and former Dancing With the Stars contestant Erin Andrews demonstrate CrossFit Total-Body Workouts, which are supposedly all the rage. I know women's mags often have celebrities model the latest workout fad for us, even if they're not a fitness expert themselves, but ... Andrews? Really?
Yeah, she's gorgeous, fit, was a cheerleader in college, and now works in the sports world, but I'm not so sure we should buy into this new image she seems to be gunning for as a celeb fitness role model. (What's next, a workout DVD a la Denise Austin?)
I'll admit, I'm picky when it comes to the celebs I look up to as fitness role models. I don't want to take tips or read books written by or work out using DVDs fronted by people who aren't truly certified to offer the type of expertise I'm seeking. Even when it comes to a fitness instructor in a DVD, we should want them to be someone, um, well, qualified!
For instance, there are particular reasons I love Jillian Michaels' interval training-style DVDs, like her famous 30 Day Shred. She has lived/breathed/worked the kickboxing/martial arts moves she teaches in some DVDs, and she KNOWS how to get you working up a sweat in your own home without weights, because she did that for contestants all the time on The Biggest Loser. But I refuse to do her yoga DVD, because she's not exactly a pro in that realm. (I'm a little annoyed she just seemed to do that to jump on the yoga bandwagon.) I love Bob Harper for similar reasons, and I'll do his yoga DVD because he has taught it for years and knows what's up. Jackie Warner ... same deal -- she's a professional.
Erin Andrews on the other hand? Sure, she's a professional ... sports reporter/reality star/unintentional peep show star! Not trainer or fitness expert. Except what she does in her own free time, which I guess might be this CrossFit workout she's promoting, and that's great, but who really cares? Women's mags should stick to featuring pros in their fitness sections, because using someone whose only credential is their hot body is not all that fit-spirational.
Do you prefer to take workout advice from fitness pros over celebs?
Image via ErinAndrews.com