Decolonizing Fitness — PoC

What Does Decolonizing Fitness Mean?

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I want to lift up the voices of Indigenous and Black folks before I share my thoughts. Here are some very important quotes I'd like to highlight:

"Can we lovingly (but firmly) have a conversation about decolonization? Unfortunately, variations of this important term are being treated like a buzzword in certain communities on this continent. However, something needs to be understood.

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Disrupting Mainstream Fitness while Practicing Radical Self Love by Lindsey Page

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Radically Fit Oakland As a queer woman of color who was adopted by a white couple in the 80’s I have grown up feeling out of place in most spaces. It’s hard to make your way through the world, as most people of color do, searching to find a space to safely take up. It took me many years to get to the point where I started demanding that space. Fitness was a huge catalyst for how I approached walking through life as a bigger bodied queer woman of color. I first fell in love with fitness ten years ago,...

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Fit To Heal By Kay Martinez

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When I’m upset, energy rises inside me. I clench my fists.  I feel rage. I used to head to the gym and run until I couldn’t or lifted heavy weights until my arms shook. I thought this was healthier than throwing things, drinking, or other self-destructive behaviors but, sometimes, I did those things too. Dealing with unpleasant feelings for masculine folks is a complicated process and unfortunately, emotional processing skills in masc communities aren’t often talked about.   However, Ilya’s “Fitness Can Be Used As A Healing Modality” post has really saved me. The post taught me to understand fitness...

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Fitness Can Be Used As A Healing Modality

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I firmly believe fitness can be reclaimed and utilized as a healing tool to help our most marginalized folks reconnect with their bodies in ways that feel supportive and liberating to them. Fitness can be affirming and accessible to all bodies.As a black, queer, non binary trans masculine person I am reminded of the ways this world seeks to pathologize and remove me from my body daily. I also, honor that the current fitness industry has caused many trans and queer folks so much grief due to gender based violence, homophobia and inaccessibility to affirming and inclusive services. We are...

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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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