I’m finally finding my voice.
For so long, I did what I think so many women feel inclined to do: stay quiet, put your head down, and work hard- but don’t offend, play nice, and be careful not to make a splash.
There are a lot of people who believe that because I’m a trainer and my industry is fitness, my content should reflect that- that it’s not my job to talk about other things. Virtually, that I should “shut up and squat”- so to speak.
So, to them I say:
As a coach and trainer dealing primarily with women, with a following that’s 65% female, you’re damn right it’s my job to speak to issues women deal with every day, including sexual harassment/ assault and misogyny.
As a personal trainer working one on one with people and their bodies and the host of issues that come up in the process including body dysmorphia, weight loss struggles, feelings of inadequacy and more- you’re damn right it’s my job to talk about the importance of mental health and breaking the stigma surrounding it.
As a fitness professional who holds my profession in high esteem and believes it to have the potential to truly change lives, you’re damn right it’s my job to call out others in my field abusing their positions and to spread truths.
As a person who cares about other humans, about equality, about social justice- you’re damn right it’s my job to speak up about human rights. (And if it’s not yours— I’d take some time to assess your priorities).
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been much more open on stories, I’ve been vocalizing opinions I’ve held back on. I’ve been responding to others in the industry I might not agree with in attempt to start a conversation.
And the best part? I’ve been speaking directly to all of YOU in my DM’s, hearing your feelings, listening to your stories, and sharing in our frustrations, and it has honestly been the coolest.
My goal is NEVER to offend anyone or hurt someone’s feelings- but I have said this before and I will say it over, and over, and over again:
Being “nice” is NOT the same as doing the right thing and remember, Silence is Complicity.
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