Crouching Woman Hidden Scale

As I was looking over some of the other nominees on the Shape Best Blogger page (yes, that was a shameless plug), I noticed the woman on the front page crouching on the scale. I thought, “hmmm…that looks familiar” and then I realized that I have seen not necessarily that particular picture before, but that pose. Yes, I have seen this same pose numerous times before – a thin beautiful woman crouching down over her scale with a satisfied smile.  So I Googled the image did some extensive, exhaustive research and found numerous pictures of this pose.  Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself:

(you’re welcome for that last one, btw)

And this was only a small sampling of the images that came up when I Googled “crouching scale”. I mean, what the heck?!  Does anybody really do this?  Is this an effective way to get an accurate reading on your scale?  Do you weigh less when you crouch down? Are your eyeglasses so thick and heavy that you have to take them off and crouch your nearsighted self down to see your weight?  I mean, come on!!

I don’t know why this bugs me so much. I suppose there’s really only so many ways you can pose on a scale, but I want to some originality. How about a handstand? How about sitting cross legged? How about a tree pose?  I’m not a photographer and I’ve already come up with 3 different ways to pose on a scale. Where’s the creativity?

So it is my plea to the fitness photographers of the world to please, please, please stop with the crouching already!!!




  One thought on “Crouching Woman Hidden Scale

  1. October 12, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Haha! This made me laugh out loud! I’ve never thought about it, but when you mentioned it I immediately knew that I’ve seen this pose a thousand times too! Haha 😀

  2. debby
    October 12, 2011 at 9:48 am

    HI-larious! I actually hadn’t noticed that pose before. But it is extremely irritating. First of all, why do any of those skinny you-know-what’s need to be on a scale. Second of alll? Balancing like that on a thin sheet of glass without tipping it over? Third of all, adding insult to injury, one of them’s EATING on the scale.

    Serenity now! I am content in whatever state I’m in……..

  3. October 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I never realized it before, but you are right on. I bet it has something to do with the proportions of the photo or something. If I tried to crouch on my scale I would fall off, and I darn sure wouldn’t be able to see the numbers.

  4. October 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I always liked this weighing in position much better than any of those:

    • October 12, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      I never tried that one before :)), great!!

    • October 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      Haha!! Love it!! 🙂

  5. October 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I’d go for the glasses – explanation. Weighing yourself doing a handstand would certainly fix that problem!

  6. October 24, 2011 at 12:25 am

    You’re right – I have TOTALLY seen this image all over! Off to tweet it…

  7. Sara Grambusch
    October 24, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Ugh, gag me. The world doesn’t need pictures like this.

  8. October 26, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Holy Crap!
    I have no explanation and I’ve written a book about this stuff!

    Thank you – the world is a little more off its axis for me as I try to wrap my mind around this image…

  9. November 11, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Geez, do photographers get a handbook on how to do stock photography?

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