They can get real strong, can endure. They can kick ass.
Here, take a look at the short video from the 2008 Crossfit Games. Near as I can tell, those are 45 pound plates on a 45 pound bar, so 135 pounds altogether. And those pull-ups can be excruciating, I can tell you. Put them both together in a timed competition and that's really something.
I got that from Chris at FitnessFail who does a good job contrasting the model "look" verses the healthy and fit look, as displayed by the women in that video. As regards Miranda Kerr and Marissa Miller:
OK, does anyone actually think the latter two are attractive? Am I really this out of touch with what most people are into? With both of the above women, I see insanely thin people with no body (besides cleavage) and no muscle definition.
They’re nearly certainly what I’d call “skinny fat” I.e they’re overly thin, but the have no muscle to them and are still a bit soft. I’m sure this would be more apparent if the blemishes were not airbrushed out. The both have arms that look like skin over bones…. Again, maybe my own taste is different because I like athletes but in the model look I see frail looking women here, not something to aspire toward.
Yea, the only real change I see happening is acceptance of "full figured women." I should have taken a clip, but on one website I visited yesterday there was actually a lingerie ad with a picture of a very, very fat woman (but smooth & plump). So, you get skinny fat and just big & fat, now.
Correction: One commenter corrected me by saying those plates are 25 each, and then Dave in Ohio said they're 10. Looks like he's right. Still quite impressive.