What does being "strong" mean to you? "When I was younger it was being able to take on many physical challenges like marathons and body building contests. For me being strong now means that I can take on any challenge or crisis that comes my way, keep a positive attitude no matter what and leave the matter to a higher power." —Betty T.
Susan Pittard: Strong Is A Woman
Today we're thrilled to bring you another installment of CFSBKer Susan P.'s Strong Is A Woman photos. Susan has been running this series for the past couple of months. With her permisson, we've been reposting some of her photos. Here's what Susan herself had to say about the series:
"The motivation behind my 'Strong is a Woman' portrait series was and is the amazing women and men at CFSBK. I knew I wanted to shoot a portrait series after being on a 'break' of sorts, having my son. I ultimately decided to focus on the women at CFSBK because being a woman, I am impressed by the women I workout next to and I am especially taken by the pregnant women who fly by me in WODs. I also thought about the diversity of this great community. My goal was/is to show that strength can come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and ages. In gathering quotes from my subjects, I have learned that strength breaks boundaries for most people. Being strong is not only physical but it permeates into one's mental state and creates a wonderful sense of empowerment and well-being for anyone who seeks it. I feel like I have only scratched the surface with this project and I will be excited to shoot more women, hopefully soon. Thank you to ALL the STRONG women who participated and to CFSBK for providing this amazing community that inspires me daily."
"I teach 10-14 year olds music and drama at a middle school in East New York. I love to show videos or pictures to my students of me doing challenging physical feats, like Olympic Lifting and gymnastics. As a petite female music teacher, they never expect the strength I have. Becoming strong has not only inspired me to believe more in my own potential, but also to empower my students that anything is possible. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, where you come from, or the expectations people have for you—if you want something, and are willing to go after it, it’s yours for the taking." —Allie B.
"Being strong means being the best possible version of myself, not just in the mirror but in every aspect of life: for my family, and for every challenge and opportunity life presents. It constantly expands the borders of what I believe is possible." —Ellie M. at 8 weeks and 38 weeks pregnant
How have your perceptions of strength changed? "My perceptions of strength have changed dramatically. Where I once believed big and bulky wasn't attractive or that long and lean was a mere genetic anomaly, I now appreciate and admire the work and sacrifice it takes to have those physiques. Also, as I've gotten older, my perceptions of emotional and spiritual strength have changed. Where I once believed strength was defined by making it a point to have the last word, I now see how much more strength it takes to say, ‘I'm sorry,’ ‘I love you,’ or by saying nothing at all." —Val K.
News and Notes
- Schedule Change: Tonight's 6:30pm Active Recovery class is cancelled.
- Our latest lost and found haul, including a bounty of water bottles, is up on our Flickr account. Please claim your stuff at the front desk before we donate it to CHIPS