What is it like being an athlete turned fitness model?

It’s undeniable that after opening Instagram, your deed might become flooded with photo after photo of women who have the perfect fit body that most of us strive for. While it may do more damage to compare yourself to them – you should always remember that these ladies are doing a job: exercising and showing the perks of doing it. Despite this, this job is not always as glamorous as some people paint it to be. It takes hard work, and a ton of behind the scene preparation before any photo is being shot. Listed below are some of the most common things that fitness models have to face, no matter how popular or killer their abs are.

1. Rejection is a part of the job – and it happens more often than you might think

Despite being a popular athlete, such as Allison Stokke, that doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to get casted for every call you go to. Many other fitness models have expressed a similar mindset that for every 50 calls you get, you might only get less than 5 of the finalisation calls.

While this could break many people as criticism about your tones physic could be hard to deal with – fitness models have to have a stringer shell to make it in this industry. No matter if they are being shot for Instagram or professional magazines. Though you should always remember while the girl in the photo looks perfect, there are probably a dozen other models who were told that look “wrong” for the shoot for some reason or another. Heck, even being an inch too short or tall you have you disqualified for a fitness modelling gig.

2. Despite being sculpted, they face challenges regarding their insecurities

While on the outside these fitness models are considered to be some of the most beautifully dedicated to being athletic, they still face their own insecurities. I mean, it isn’t like they’re bodies are not constantly being looked at and judged at every corner. Plus, it’s not like since athlete who turns into fitness models are not automatically over being bullied online, or even in person. They’re human, and they can easily find flaws in their fit bodies as others can with theirs. Even at some points, their own fit bodies can be the cause of their insecurities, as one fitness model who plays volleyball revealed that she wishes she had a smaller, more delicate frame at times.

3. Dieting isn’t in their vocabulary

While on the one hand, having a cheat day may not be the end of the wild, fitness models have to sell the image of being healthy and showing a strong amount of willpower as well. Though sticking to a healthy diet can benefit more than a career as its understandable that fitness models enjoy being healthy – and having cheat days can easily put them into a funk of feeling sluggish and ad about themselves. Moreover, yo-yo diets, or fad diets, are a bit no-no as many fitness models don’t have days to prepare before a shoot, they usually only have a few hours.