Let’s talk about thigh gaps, that “erogenous” zone that sparked a healthy debate on our Instagram over the weekend.
We recieved a number of mixed reactions over this particualr photo taken during the preview of Bench: The Naked Truth Denim and Underwear Show. Some good, some curious. So we thought, why not talk about?
Not that you need convincing, but others wonder why some girls work their gams to death just to widen that gap between their legs. While many think it’s achievable by a million squats or other bodily activities, to be quite frank, it may be not.
We won’t deny that there is a certain allure that a gap brings but we’re also not saying that this should be a standard of beauty. Some legs touch, some don’t. That’s just the way it is. To make this a fitness goal may not be the right one for you, and there’s nothing wrong with it as the existence of the gap is mainly due to your body type and skeletal structure.
Now, one of the answers to having a thigh gap lies within our very bones. There are four different pelvic structures, varying in shape and size, that determine one’s ability in performing certain tasks like deadlifting, squatting, and reaching for one’s toes. Exercise physiologist Dean Somerset says, “Essentially, the wider the pelvis and the closer the femoral neck angle is to 90 degrees, the greater the spacing between the thighs will be, irrespective to leg length, body fat, muscle mass, and so on.”
To put it simply, gaps have more to do with one’s bone alignment at the pelvis and femoral neck as opposed to their fitness routine. So before you set any more goals, let’s all take a good look in the mirror and examine as to whether our bodies were built to have it. After all, beauty was never about what is–or is not–between your legs.
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