Decolonizing Fitness — Fitness Industry

5 Tips to Make Your Fitness Space More Affirming & Accessible

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This is information is for anyone who is interested in becoming more affirming and inclusive as a Fitness/Movement Practitioner. Before I get into to sharing some tips please know that: I don’t speak for every trans and queer person in this world. Although I’ve encountered lots of obstacles  because of my identity, I want to name that it is a luxury for me to be heard when so many of my kindred are brutally erased – with their stories left untold. The work I do is dedicated to the ancestors who continuously illuminate my path – my comrades and those...

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Introducing: The Transmasculine Trainer Series

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I’d like to honor that the word “Fitness” evokes lots of harsh feelings for those of us who don’t embody normative beauty standards. I’d also like to name that marginalized folks (trans, gender non conforming and non binary in this context) are often disconnected from our bodies. However, I believe body-movement can actually be used as a healing component. We deserve to engage in practices and take up spaces that allow us to reconnect with ourselves in ways that feel supportive, not coercive.

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Tips to Help Navigate the Gym When You Present as Gender Ambiguous

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There are lots of benefits to working out in a commercial gym, specifically if you find a convenient location and a cheap membership. However, many folks who are gender ambiguous in there presentation (i.e. trans, non binary, gender non conforming, femme guy, butch woman...) working out at commercial gyms can be very frightening, uncomfortable and a downright unsafe place for us.

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“Bro What Does Decolonizing Fitness Even Mean?”

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So firstly, I’d like to define the word “decolonizing” and what it means to me in the context of fitness.

Decolonizing: breaking free from systems, schools of thought, practices etc. that cause us harm, restrict our individual & collective power, remove our right to self determine...as whole, complex, beautiful humans. So what decolonizing also means for me is to reinvent, reimagine, restructure Fitness practices that feel supportive, affirming, empowering.

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