7 Things Not to Say to Katrin Davidsdottir on a Date

“You look like you’re pretty strong… for a girl.”

Whether you’re a powerlifter, weightlifter, strongwoman, or a CrossFit® athlete like Katrin Davidsdottir, if you’re competitive and you excel at your sport, you’ll have some muscle on your frame.

Which is awesome.

But  there’s always a chance that you’ll date someone who won’t have the most appreciative opinion of your body.

Two-time Fittest Woman on Earth™ Katrin Davidsdottir recently participated in this Valentine’s Day-themed Reebok commercial where she outlines some of her least favorite things to hear on a date.

“Can I touch your muscles?”

“Spending hours at the gym seems so self-centered.”

“Do you think you’re stronger than I am?” (Yes.)

“Your hands look kinda rough.”

“Did your brother teach you how to lift?”

“I would never date a woman that’s stronger than I am.”

It’s worth watching the video to hear how she responds to these kinds of comments, and she finishes it by describing what muscular women love to hear: compliments on their hard work, or how inspiring they are.

[We spoke to 10 elite female powerlifters who shared the weirdest things guys say to them in the gym. Click here to read some serious craziness.]

It brought to mind a similar video of a female athlete discussing what it’s like to live in an unusually muscular body, this time the undefeated professional boxer and WBC world champion Alicia Napoleon.

Our favorite line:

“You shouldn’t be fearful of making your body strong. It’s a beautiful thing and it’s what we’re meant to do. (…)

It’s a woman’s body. it’s not a man’s body, so how is it gonna look masculine? You’ll look strong. (…)

I’ve gotta wash that brain, I’ve gotta slap the society out of you.”

We’ve might have a ways to go before we see powerlifters on the cover of fashion magazines, but we like to think we’ll get there.

Featured image via Reebok on YouTube.


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Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of different kinds of things, but his passion for health ultimately led him to cover it full time.Shanghai was where he managed to publish his first health related article (it was on managing diarrhea), he then went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before he finished his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and headed to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.Nick’s interest in health kind of comes from an existential angle: how are we meant to live? How do we reach our potential? Does the body influence the mind? (Believe it or not, his politics Master’s focused on religion.)Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.