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When Beyoncé Meets CrossFit, It's Amazing

01/15/2016 03:33 EST | Updated 01/15/2016 03:59 EST

We've all heard about Beyonce-inspired dance classes and seen her body toning routines, and now we see what happens when Beyoncé meets CrossFit.

Australian CrossFit athlete Khan Porter shared a video of himself dancing to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" before lifting a whopping 264 pounds right over his head.


"Because both Channing Tatum and I know that real men dance to Beyoncé," Porter wrote beneath the 26-second video.

He went on to write another post, specifically addressing the issue of men's mental health.

"I post a video dancing and it too gets plenty of positive attention, showing a shift in the way society views masculinity or what is acceptable for a man to do or say. But how far does that acceptance go? .. If society can have a good laugh and accept a man dressing up and / or dancing like a woman these days, how hard is it to have a chat to your mates about something like mental illness. Just as its ok for blokes to dance, it's ok for them to battle mentally and emotionally sometimes too."

See the full post here:

Beyoncé, Masculinity and Mental Health. If you guys watched my Beyoncé video yesterday, I would love you to take a moment out of your day and read the following. Yesterday I reposted a video of myself dancing to Beyoncé and at the time of writing it, it's been watched over 1.5 million times. It's also been Shared a bunch and even made its way on to TV haha. I reposted the video after seeing Channing Tatum's lip sync battle with his wife in which he dressed in drag and danced to a Beyoncé song and the interwebs went wild. I posted my video because l think the way the public reacted reflects a pretty cool shift in preconceived notions of masculinity and think that's grounds for starting some more positive conversations about what it means to be "a man". A well known male celebrity goes on national television, dresses in drag and dances to a girls song and the world embraces it with open arms. I post a video dancing and it too gets plenty of positive attention, showing a shift in the way society views masculinity or what is acceptable for a man to do or say. But how far does that acceptance go? If myself or Channing Tatum were openly gay and did the same thing would people still applaud it? There's still so many stigmatic ideas around masculinity and blokes face very real issues in terms of dealing with what society has deemed as appropriate behaviour for their sex. Did you know that suicide is the leading cause of death for males aged between 15-44? How about that the rate of suicide in men is almost triple women? As someone who has personal experience with mental health issues, I know how difficult it can be for a man to seek help for something that is often brushed off as "just being a pussy" or a "soft cock". If society can have a good laugh and accept a man dressing up and / or dancing like a woman these days, how hard is it to have a chat to your mates about something like mental illness. Just as its ok for blokes to dance, it's ok for them to battle mentally and emotionally sometimes too. If a bunch of people can watch a 25 second video, surely they can also spare the time to ask one of their mates if everything is ok :-)

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It's not only Queen Bey, mind you, who has Porter dancing. The athlete's Instagram page even features a video of him lifting and dancing to Justin Bieber.

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In addition the important mental health issues he raised, medical studies show music is a positive source of distraction for athletes, so if you're struggling to push through your workout, try listening to these 15 tracks that will motivate you to get moving.

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