My name is Ilya and I am a black non binary trans masculine person who uses the pronouns: (he/they). I am a Physical Therapist Assistant and ACE Certified Medical Exercise Specialist with over 13 years of rehabilitative and functional training experience. I am social justice activist, and educator whose work centers racial, gender and healing justice. I am also a freelance writer and have contributed to Every Day Feminism, Self Magazine , Mashable and AthleteAlly.
Quite simply I grew fed up of entering movement spaces and seeking the services of fitness coaches who were unable and unwilling to provide me with the affirming support I need as a trans person in a larger body. So I decided to merge my love for restorative based movement practices and community advocacy to create Decolonizing Fitness, LLC which is currently operated solely by me. I do the best I can with the limited resources I have living in the Southeast U.S. Decolonizing Fitness is a social justice platform that provides affirming fitness services, community education and apparel in support of body diversity.
I love hiking, reading, listening to jazz and hitting and going on long food tours! Thank you so much for your support!
**NOTE** Although I am using the word “decolonizing” in the metaphorical since to break free from normative and restrictive standards. I want to honor my use of this word "decolonizing" in this context while also acknowledging that I believe in the unconditional sovereignty of all Indigenous and African people on this continent.