What’s your excuse? Motivation or Bragging?

When I first saw Maria Kang’s “What’s your excuse?” photo I didn’t really think twice about it. Then it didn’t take but a couple of days for it to blow up and everyone freak out over it.People got way too angry about it. It wasn’t a personal attack on anyone — I didn’t think Maria was trying to brag as much as she was saying you can do it if you commit to it which I totally believe. Even before that, I’ve seen hundreds of athletic brands and people use that line. I took it as motivation.

Now lets fast forward to the latest photo. THIS photo is a whole different story to me. Yes, I’m glad you are and do all these things but it feels like she’s throwing her self-discipline and awesomeness into our faces instead of taking a more encouraging approach.

Not everyone can look like you and flaunting your body in a negative manner doesn’t help. Your first photo was natural and inspiring. This second photo is just rubbing it in and seems like your crying for the spotlight again. I don’t feel like its the best way to be a leader and support those who are trying to get into shape.I am by no means trying to tear her down however in the same aspect I feel as though this second photo is tearing down others.

Now check out Taryn’s response to Maria’s photo. This is what a motivating and inspiring photo looks like. I think she’s brave for putting herself out there and letting you know that you can be healthy in more ways than one.

What did you think of Maria Kang’s first photo? What about her second photo now? How about Taryn Brumfitt’s response? 


  1. March 21, 2014 / 1:33 am

    So can Maria Kang raise a special needs child, manage a chronic illness and manage million-dollar projects on time and on budget? No? So what’s her excuse?

  2. March 23, 2014 / 10:25 pm

    I agree, I didn’t really take any offense to the first photo it was just like a million others…err the second one, well I guess the idea is still the same to me as all the nike ads about not making excuses, right?

  3. Anonymous
    March 24, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    I wonder if her kids are happy, or if they even know their mother.

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