Showing posts with label body building. Show all posts
Showing posts with label body building. Show all posts

Saturday, 23 July 2016

The quality of equality, equalizing or celebrating the individual?



At the moment within Compania Cielito we are working behind the scenes to set up a structure of roles for each individual who is also dancing in the group. This enables us to keep the costs down while giving each individual the possibility to give more to the group process through their own professional and personal abilties. Making the team far stronger than if you rely on one individuals capabiltiies that are always and very naturally limited to a set number of skills and weaknesses.

In one of our meetings a question came up about equality from one of our members, who assumed that equality meant that everyone should have control over all aspects of the teams behind the scenes work. It raises an interesting question about equality in relation to effective team work, individuals taking responsibility and authority in areas of expertise. What is equality? whether in a team like ours, the battle between the sexes in the feminist movement or in a relationship between 2 people. In many ways similar to the situation of a communist regime or the purely capitalist approach seen as two extremes.

My take on it is that there are two basic options:

1. Equality can be taken as the giving of equal power and authority in all aspects, usually decisions are made by group consensus with some individuals pushing an agenda. Equalizing regardless of social standing, income, abilities.

2. Equality through the realization that we are all different, with this having different skills, weaknesses, interests, motivations and formed conceptualization about what the world means to us. Within a team or company the hope is to create a team of people with complimentary skills that also bypass the effect an individuals weakness might have.

These different idea of equality are often the reason for misunderstanding within our group process. I wonder now if the first understanding is more governed by personal wish to control rather than trust others to get things done. A personal element also exists that people want to do things they like to do and this approach to equality makes it seem viable.

I am a big advocate of the second understanding of equality. Over the years in various group processes i have started from the first one as an ideal for the way i am working with people. My experience was that there was a lot of inclarity in situations, individuals pushing for things they want or need at the expense of what we do as a collective and at times at the expense of other individuals in the group. It also means that individuals don't feel seen for what they are able to do and often don't recieve enough authority from the rest of the team to be effective.

SO... now in this process i think its time to get clear that we are aiming for a way of working that celebrates the individuals ability within our team, giving them authority by entrusting them with the responsibility to get it done. Actively following their lead and giving help and support when needed. Less formal structuralization and more clarity of our roles enabling a free flow of supporting each other rather than being bogged down with formality and procedure. There will always be things we want to do from another role, sometimes there will be a space for this and sometimes not. I have the feeling people should earn the things they want, in the sense that often more work is created to achieve what is wanted so the individual needs to show they are serious and willing to but the work in to make it worth while. Realising that its more than a playground wim but that there are actual skills involved that need learning and appreciating before some aspects of the team work can be shared. Next challenge is to define this idea of working. More thought needed...



Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Womens health and body building

In the good old days you would see the competitions where men compete on TV, lifting everything from the heaviest objects ranging to the weirdest that the organizers could find. i have to admit as a child i was intrigued by them and would watch from beginning until the end. But what about this new seemingly underground phenomena brought to the surface by the all magnifying effect of the internet in recent years. Women bodybuilding, good for the image of womens health or extreme beauty make over yet again?  So what is the attraction for women to get into body building after decades of high profile promotion as a mans sport and what is the difference between women body building, extreme makeovers and womens health.

Depending on who you talk to you will get very different views about women bodybuilding and whether this is actually healthy or not. Often things that are healthy in the first levels can easily become addictive and go too far in a path that leads to things that are less healthy and quite extreme. Fueled by the needs of conforming to a group, exchanging personal wishes for expectations that come in from the outside. Asserting control where there might be a loss of this feeling, possibly through conforming but also any number of other things happening around us on a day to day basis. In many ways we are a society built on perfection that is a stress factor because we can never be this ideal, its unreachable for many. Starting with someone who would like to be healthy. Bring together factors of giving up personal power for conforming, a need for control and perfectionism. Suddenly you have a completely different animal on your hands. This animal will go to all lengths to achieve a desired outcome that is somehow unreachable.



Take this new phenomenan that fit is the new thin, it promotes something healthy but maybe for the wrong reason. Thin was the old way women could conform to a very strong expectation from society  to be feminine, fit with fashion and now being fit is the new thing. The stopping point is different for many and the motivations that drive can be more or less strong.

The problem is that there is a focus on the external, its about image and perfection not health. Someone might start and stop in 2 days. Others who keep going in time get more fit, the first level isn't enough anymore. There is a tendency once in the swing of things to push yourself harder and harder. One extreme of fitness is bodybuilding. Womens body building seems to have taken the typical body image away from the stereotypes of femininity into a whole new direction of strength and power. Using all sorts of tanning and oil lotions to bring show off their muscle. They train for show not health, the bigger and more pronounced the muscle the better. Personally i admire the lengths they go to but at the same time don't understand why you would want to go beyond healthy. Particularly when you hear that some women builders train to the point where they feel breast implants and other accentuations done surgically are necessary to achieve the desired results.


For me personally the idea of womens health is more holistic than all this. It includes eating, thinking, talking, dancing, feeling, exercising, enjoying healthy. The point is that there is more than the perfectionized image that only looks at what we want to attain and through this creating bad psychological health in many. A good healthy lifestyle in men and women brings together a healthy body, mind and heart or in this case emotional well being. By all means be image conscious but for myself i have made the decision that inside comes before societies fashions, but being true to oneself there is more inherent beauty.

Anything that promotes a happy inner world while keeping body, mind and spirit happy for me is the true Healthy.

 Lastly i love this quote from Bob Marley (rough translation):

 'the most beautiful curve on a womans body is her smile'.



Other articles that may be of interest in the fitness genre are:

What is the relationship between nutrition, healthy eating and fitness
Whats the relationship between nutrition, healthy food and fitness - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/relationship-nutrition-heathy-food-fitness.html#sthash.8yKzmRHF.dpuf
Whats the relationship between nutrition, healthy food and fitness - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/relationship-nutrition-heathy-food-fitness.html#sthash.8yKzmRHF.dpuf
Tokyo street fashion (東京のストリートファッション), inspired Starwars and imitating Manga - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf

Other articles of interest in the style genre:

Other articles in the Travel genre:
Little black dress, all its cracked up to be
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/little-black-dress.html - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/tokyo-street-fashion-inspired-starwars.html#sthash.I5INGx4X.dpuf
Whats the relationship between nutrition, healthy food and fitness - See more at: http://www.chicloca.com/search/label/Health#sthash.gptmqDHq.dpuf
http://www.chicloca.com/2015/12/relationship-nutrition-heathy-food-fitness.html