Anti-Racism & EDI

 

I believe in body autonomy and that we all have a right to define and experience fitness on our own terms without judgement. I also believe that the only way that fitness can be a truly inclusive and safe space is if we see ourselves represented in all of our diverse bodies, experiences, self-expressions, and perspectives.

For my company, this will be an ongoing process. Some of the things that I am working on at the moment include a fitness equipment guide to meet the needs of people with larger bodies, because so much of the industry - including the equipment - has been created for a very narrow range of sizes. If I choose to commission merchandise, I will partner with size inclusive clothing brands.

I am also committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for as many people as possible through ongoing collaboration, conversation, and education with teachers and movement educators of different races, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, educational backgrounds, and physical abilities, as well as working to improve representation and diversity in my marketing materials, graphics, and social media images.

Finally, my company is built on transparency, open communication, and accountability. If there is a way that you believe I can do better or can elevate more voices, I want to hear about it. For far too long, the fitness industry has given the mic to a small number of privileged voices. I want to be one of the individuals in this industry who changes this.

Below, I have included anti-racism resources that are specific to the Pilates and fitness space, as well as links to Black owned Pilates teaching training programs, apparel companies, and the social media accounts and websites of individuals who are working to improve representation, combat fat phobia, and make the fitness, yoga, Barre, and Pilates space safer for larger bodied, Black, Brown, and LGBTQ individuals.

Resources for Anti-Racism and Inclusivity In the Pilates and Fitness Space:

Article: Race, Pilates, and Change by Roxy Menzies

Online Course: Foundations for Social Justice for Fitpros with Dr. Tee Williams

Podcast: You Get Stronger Every Time You Stand up with Dr. C. Shante Cofield and Dr. JPop

Podcast: Revolutionary You! Chrissy King: Anti-Racism For Wellness Professionals 

Podcast: Purposeful Strength LGBTQ Inclusivity in Fitness with Jaycee Cooper

Podcast: Decolonizing Fitness with Illya Parker

Article: I’m a black Pilates teacher. Here’s how the fitness industry can move toward anti-racism


Health and Wellness Podcasts:

Core Conversations with Martin Reid

Food Heaven Made Easy with Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones

The Heavy Flow Podcast with Amanda Laird

Two Girls Talking Shit with Chrissy King and Shirin Eskandani


Instagram and Facebook Lives:

Facebook Live: ThoughFLOW with Misty Lynne Cauthen and Nicky Taylor Steward

Industry Inclusivity or How Not to be a Shi*thead with Mychele Simms and Allison Skewes

Instagram Live: Fitness, fatness, and Pilates with Allison Skewes (Part 1) 

Instagram Live: Fitness, fatness, and Pilates with Allison Skewes (Part 2) 

The Impact of Race on Mental Health and Self-Care with Yunny Bisserette (Part 1) 

The Impact of Race on Mental Health and Self-Care with Yunny Bisserette (Part 2) 


Social Media Accounts and Websites for Making Fitness More Inclusive

Allison Skewes | Pilates for Larger Bodies 

Lindsey Strobel | Fat Body Pilates

Natalie | Body Positive Barre

Amber Karnes | Body Positive Yoga

Swan Dreams Project | Representation in Ballet

Vibing on the Mat | Health and wellness experiences for Black women and girls

Chrissy King | Writer, Speaker, Strength Coach


Black Owned Pilates Teacher Training Programs

Dragonfly Pilates

Pilates 804

oneBody Pilates

LB Pilates Studios


Black Owned Fitness and Athleisure Wear:

YemaCalif

Glamourina

Culture Fit

Pru Apparel

Dope Fit Chick


Black Owned Independent Fashion:

Gothic Lamb

Three of Swords

Adorned by Chi

Dark Jasmine

Sweet Bitz Apparel

Spookie Kidz