“I Am Sick of This Narrative”: CrossFit Icon Snubs at Haters Passing Judgement on Women Lifters

Published 02/05/2023, 4:45 PM EST

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Dani Elle Speegle is a massive CrossFit icon and an extremely popular social media influencer. Speegle has been in the field since childhood and began professionally as a CrossFit athlete in 2015. Since then, she has grown enormously and is one of the best in the business. Recently, Dani Speegle called out the haters who pass opinions on women powerlifters through her latest Instagram post.

Speegle realized the pushback women bodybuilders or weightlifters get, because of their muscular bodies, when she received a hate message from an unknown follower. 

Dani Speegle gave a befitting reply to a hateful message


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The NBC Titan Games, 2020 champion, inspires millions of fans through her social media posts. She posts about her workouts, diets, and much more, which gives her followers a path to follow. Moreover, she stands for herself and anything she feels strongly about, just like she did now. An unknown follower messaged her, “Please leave women the way they are, lift your weights if it makes u fulfilled. Women should not lift heavy weights, we need them Curvy not muscular.”

She gave a scathing reply to this person. Speegle posted a reel with her achievements and her videos of heavy lifting. Moreover, she captioned it as, “Well you and any other man who thinks this way can kiss my strong, curvy ass 😘😘🖕🏼 I’m so sick of this narrative. I’m done hearing that women can’t be strong AND beautiful. I’m done hearing that women can’t be muscular AND feminine. I’m done hearing that women can’t be powerful AND sexy.”


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She continued, “I’m done hearing that women can’t be athletic AND intelligent. I’m done hearing that women can’t have successful careers AND an amazing family life. Simply put, I’m done hearing that women…can’t.” However, she wasn’t alone in the fight against the trolls. In addition, she had a force of her followers supporting her in her powerful message. 

The bodybuilding fans supported their star icon

As she raised her voice against the person who gave his unsolicited opinion, her followers came in support of her. The trolling happened once again; however, this time it was the other way around.

Here are some of the comments she received on her post:

“Any guy saying that is insecure in ways that will surely disappoint a woman in more ways than one! 😆 #whataloser

“It’s 2023, and men are still out here thinking women exist solely to please them…”

“He’s probably sitting on the sofa eating a bag of Cheetos crying for his mom to turn the thermostat up”

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“‘We need them curvy, not muscular’. Newsflash buddy, WE don’t need you. 😂 💪”

“Dudes jealous because his PR is your rep max on every lift 😂 keep lifting heavy shit 😤”

“Sounds like someones a lil jealous you are stronger than them….keep it up…you look amazing ❤”


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With instances of women training hard during a difficult time like pregnancy, trolls on social media are finding it harder and harder to justify their comments. What are your thoughts on the comments on Speegle’s post? Let us know in the comment section. 

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Written by:

Kaivalya R Pillai


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Dr. Kaivalya R Pillai is a US Sports author working at EssentiallySports. An accomplished academician, he recently completed his doctorate degree in pharmacy.
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Anupama Ghosh