While I am currently living in a state (North Carolina) that has begun easing stay at home restrictions. For my safety and the safety of those I may come in contact with. I have made the decision to continue the suspension of all in-person training until further notice. Decolonizing Fitness will continue to offer sliding scale online training that is weight neutral (no diet or weight loss talk), trans friendly (no gendered assumptions) and disability friendly (ask for and anticipate access needs). There is also a growing catalog of workout videos (including some awesome seated workouts) available on the Decolonizing Fitness Patreon with membership packages starting at $2 a month.
As a Black trans person with chronic health issues I am filled with fear and uncertainty during these times. However, I believe no matter what we keep each other safe and supported.
Please consider making a one time donation so that I may continue to provide affirming and accessible services to our most impacted communities.
covid-19 resources for marginalized communities
COVID-19 Resources for Indigenous, POC, Trans, Disabled & Undocumented Communities.
This list also includes resources for sex workers, poor, working class, incarcerated and unhoused folks.
Feel free to share any resources you have and I will add them.
I ask for folks who wish to access this list and don't hold marginalized identities please offer a donation; to support the labor of creating and updating this list regularly.
Creating Affirming Movement Spaces Part One: How to Support Trans and Gender Diverse People
This presentation pulls directly from the lived and clinical experience of a Ilya Parker, owner of Decolonizing Fitness, LLC. Ilya is Black transmasculine physical therapist assistant and medical exercise trainer.
- Summarize the historical and cultural impact of western colonialism on the body specifically regarding the gender binary, listing at least 3 major points.
- List at least five disparities that uniquely affect trans and gender diverse populations.
- Understand and utilize the necessary language to better engage with trans and gender diverse populations, naming at least one example of why commonly used inappropriate language is harmful.
- Access your movement practice and determine two areas to begin implementing more affirming services.
What is Patreon and why you should become a member?
Patreon is a platform where educators, artist and creators can share our offerings with folks in very sustainable ways. By becoming a member of my Patreon you immediately gain access to loads of awesome content while also helping to ensure that I am able to keep creating without having to worry about many financial burdens.
My Patreon is for folks who would like to learn more about what Inclusive Fitness looks like in practice as well for movement professionals who would like to learn ways to make their spaces more affirming and accessible to diverse populations.
Below you will find a video that is available on my Patreon highlighting how you can transition from lying to standing without the use of a supportive device.
Sit to Stand Without A Supportive Device
Before the global pandemic hit Black trans people experienced disproportionately higher rates of houselessness (among many other inequities) as compared to the general population. Decolonizing Fitness has always been committed to not only shining light on the disparities that Black trans/gender diverse folks face but also finding to ways to support our most vulnerable communities. Therefore, 100% of Shirt and E-Book Sales will be donated to help support Black Trans and Gender Diverse folks who are currently experiencing houselessness. This scholarship fund has been drastically depleted since the pandemic began. Please consider purchasing a an item so that I may continue to offer this much needed support to my community.
Ilya is a social justice advocate with over 10 years of experience as a grassroots organizer and educator. Ilya is also a fat trans personal trainer who has felt firsthand the harshness of the fitness industry.
Decolonizing Fitness is equipped to work with fitness and movement professionals so that they may cultivate safe environments for individuals who typically don’t feel welcomed in the current fitness climate. By doing so businesses will also retain a more diverse client population.
Let Decolonizing Fitness support your business in the areas of: fat acceptance, trans & LGB inclusion, disability justice and healing justice.
If you’d like to book Ilya for a training please email them for a list of their current offerings.