fitpanda was created on the foundation that both physical and mental fitness are fundamental to our overall health. This is a concept that I think everyone struggles with throughout their fitness journey. Growing up, I was very much into sports and fitness, but I never felt like I had the “right” body type. I was often told I was too muscular and stocky and my calves were too manly. I tried to change my fitness routines to try to “lengthen” my body (never succeeded by the way 😊) rather than gaining additional muscle mass. It took some time and a lot of work on my mentality to finally embrace my muscular build. I wasn’t alone in this shift of perception, as fitness and nutrition started to become a priority in our society, and athletic female bodies were portrayed in a more positive light and seen as healthy rather than "too manly" within mainstream media.