Shanina Shaik gave up boxing classes after her figure started to become “too bulky”.
In a wide-ranging chat with Melissa Wood, creator of the MWH Method, for the latest instalment of her Wellness Wednesdays series on Instagram, the Australian model discussed her everyday fitness regime.
But while Shanina was a big fan of boxing at one point, having been inspired by fellow Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima to take up the classes, she has since found that other forms of exercise work better for her body type.
“It didn’t work for my body, I got bulky. It wasn’t working and I wasn’t happy. I thought, ‘I’m killing myself in the gym…’ and it plays with your mind again,” the 29-year-old shared. “And then, I learned about Pilates and slow and intense movements. Pilates just makes me super strong, lean, and like I said, it’s not about being skinny… I just like how my body looks when I do Pilates, I see definition, I feel strong.”
Shanina went on to admit that she still has some insecurities about her figure, especially as she does a lot of lingerie and swimwear modelling, but she is doing her best to avoid looking at social media all the time, as she can find looking at idealised images of other people to be triggering.
“You pick yourself apart. It’s not even about modelling, I think women in general, we compete. And social media has a big part of it as well. We look at other women and compare and then we just always think there’s something wrong with us,” she shared.
“We look at our phones and our laptops and we see what we have to do for the day or we compare ourselves. I’m guilty of it, I’m happy for my friends and my girlfriends, whoever it may be, (but when) you’re trying to attain something in life and you see what they’re doing… then you’re like, ‘S**t, I have to scramble to get there.'”
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