Decolonizing Fitness is a social justice platform that provides affirming fitness services, community education and apparel in support of body diversity. Ilya the owner is a black trans person who resides in Durham, NC
Decolonizing Fitness as a collective was birthed from the need for folks (i.e. fat, trans, queer, people with disabilities, people over 65) who have historically not felt welcomed in fitness spaces to have better access to inclusive services.
We firmly believe fitness can be used as a healing modality to help people regain a more supportive connection to their bodies.
Help Decolonizing Fitness Get A Training Space!
I was recently offered an opportunity to become a group fitness trainer at an amazing body affirming & LGBTQIA+ inclusive space Current Wellness . I’m in the process of going through their very informative 6 week training course where I'm learning ways to guide participants through the Tidal experience. Tidal is a group class that combines yoga and strength training and is rooted in intuitive movement. I’ve never been through any movement training like this before nor have I interned with other movement professionals. I'm super grateful for the connection. I'm also stoked to have access to a private space that will allow for me to work with clients one-on-one.
I'm so excited to bring Decolonizing Fitness to a physical training space and work with amazing folks in a group setting. Please help support this effort by making a donation to our fundraiser, no amount is too small!
Ilya provides support for trans people through purposeful movement as a tool to reconnect to their bodies and to aid in reflecting their true selves.
Ilya is also a member of ASDAH and trains from a weight neutral & fat-acceptant approach.
Group Training *Coming Soon*
CONTACT ILYA HERE:
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.
Check Out the Affirming Spaces Ebooks!
Check Out the Transmasculine Training Series!
Support Our Patreon
If you’d like to book Ilya for a training please email them for a list of their current offerings.
Affirming Spaces Workshop in Philly!
Our very 1st Affirming Spaces Workshop was a huge success!
This interactive workshop is taught directly from the book: “LGBTQIA Affirming Spaces: Fitness Edition” and was created for fitness and movement professionals. Affirming Spaces was designed to help each participant learn the ways they can provide a supportive environment to individuals who have historically not felt welcomed in fitness spaces i.e. queer, transgender & gender non conforming people especially those who exist at the intersections of race, fatness, disability, age, class & health status.
We have some awesome merch to help you spread the message of inclusive fitness!
75% of profits made from merchandise sales goes to a scholarship fund so that we may continue to offer free and sliding scales services to our clients. Not only are you helping to spread an awesome message but you’re paying it forward and we truly appreciate that!
Currently all printing and shipping of orders is handled by one person. So please be aware of our shipping times.
You can review our shipping and refund policy HERE.
Also inquire about wholesale options and vending opportunities!
Email Ilya Here: firstname.lastname@example.org