In an adorable story out of Brooklyn, NY, 25-year-old Monica Kowalczyk has expressed a desire to start working out but is concerned she is going to get “too ripped”.
“I would like to be stronger, and I think exercising more would be really good for my mental health,” says Monica. “But I don’t want to be, like, superhero jacked. That’s not really my style.”
Aww! Okay, we’re kind of in love with this version of reality where a person can get Marvel-film-preparation-personal-trainer-ripped by accidentally doing a few too many push-ups.
“I got a yoga mat and I’ve been working out a little in my room — mostly stuff I remember from warm-ups in high school PE,” Monica says. “It’s actually been nice, but I need to make sure I don’t go too crazy with it. I’m not the type of person to have, like, washboard abs. I find that kind of scary.”
Wow! This woman’s perception of muscle building is like a puppy who thinks a big lizard is its mom: really confused but really sweet.
And Monica’s concerns don’t stop there.
“Beyond not wanting to get too ripped, I also just want to keep a chill attitude toward the whole thing,” Monica says, taking a water and phone break after doing one downward dog. “Like, I’ve thought about running, but I don’t want to get addicted to running. I’ve known people like that, and it really consumed their whole personality. Plus it’s bad for your joints anyway.”
Go off, Monica. We don’t think that you’re at high risk of getting addicted to running, but we admire that you’re taking the possibility seriously.
“I still want to continue my fitness journey; I might even get some weights, but I just want to be careful,” Monica says. “It’s no judgment toward the yoked community, but that lifestyle just isn’t for me, and you can slip into it without even realizing.”
“Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go make a grilled cheese and take a nap”