The Instagram account called “Exposing Fitness” calls itself the savior of the fitness industry. With a tagline that claims you can’t fake fitness, the Instagram account has gained more than 1,110 followers on Instagram after only 63 posts.
Most of those posts seek to expose people that the site claims are using the telltale signs of Photoshop magic in their social media photos. Plenty of those telltale signs include warped mirrors or curvy objects behind a person when they are trying to make their waists thinner or their hips curvier, which is a big trend in fitness these days.
Not all of the photos on the “Exposing Fitness” Instagram account show people who are guilty of using Photoshop to reduce their body fat percentages. The below photo shows a woman enjoying her fitness competition selfie, with a thin woman in the background being criticized for appearing too thin. While some could accuse the photo circle of skinny-shaming a woman, the description reveals the hope that the woman is not suffering too much for the sake of a bikini competition.
As reported by the Inquisitr, fitness competitions and posing clinics are growing in popularity. With the trend toward fitness skewing upward, it makes sense that people are showing off all their hard work in gym selfies. However, not all of those selfies are to be believed.
At times using rough language, the account calls out a variety of fitness experts whom they claim are using Photoshop for their “Adobe gainz” instead of real-life gains. The hashtag #adobegainz has more than 4,550 posts as of this writing. Some of those folks featured in the photos are fighting back against the claims, such as what “Devin Physique” is seemingly doing in the below video that shows himself going from a pudgy tummy to six-pack or eight-pack ripped abs in a matter of seconds.
Devin’s video seems a direct response that proves the way a person stands or slouches or flexes can have a dramatic effect upon how their body appears, hence the need for the aforementioned posing clinics for fitness competitors. When the video first begins, Devin’s stomach looks full, as if he’s slouching and not flexing at all. In the amazing 15-second transformation, as he turns and breathes and flexes, so much more muscle definition appears that it is truly transformative.
Devin’s transformation video was posted as a “Transformation Tuesday” video in the wee hours of the night on Tuesday, June 14. In a short period of 11 hours, the video had gained nearly 250,000 views and more than 600 comments.
While some photos indeed on social media do appear to be the work of Photoshop fitness, not everyone who is accused of altering their photos to appear fitter could be doing so.
Kayla Itsines recently posted the following photo of a woman who has been following her program for a year, but Liza Parker found herself the subject of criticism by some folks who claimed her “booty gainz” were fake, as reported by Us Magazine.
Parker made sure to set the record straight on her own Instagram page, explaining that she has not had butt implants, nor did she Photoshop the before-and-after photo.
The comments on posts like those get pretty heated, with people arguing back and forth about the results. So much so, that a video was soon posted to the same account to prove Parker’s butt is real.
Despite the controversy, some are using the photo as inspiration to start their own workouts.
“Congrats! Amazing job!! Pay no attention to the negativity… People’s jealousy doesn’t change the fact that you’ve worked very hard to get to where you are now…you’ve inspired me to get the app and start working out…”
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