How to find LGBTQ+ friendly fitness sessions

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You might not think that sexual orientation has any impact on fitness and physical activity levels but the fitness space can be especially daunting for those who belong to a sexual or gender minority.

Along with all the main barriers to exercise such as time, motivation and lack of resources those who identify as LGBTQ+ also have to face the fear of discrimination when it comes to accessing fitness sessions and gyms.

Add into the mix the worry about changing rooms, the MASS of mirrors in gym settings and the use of gender-specific fitness goals by the fitness industry (Bulking up for men and losing weight for women) and it’s no wonder that fitness can be an even more daunting experience.

How to find LGBTQ+ friendly fitness sessions

Search online for LGBTQ fitness + your local area to find sessions running close to you. Trans Active in Sheffield organises swimming sessions open to trans/non-binary/gender-questioning people of all fitness levels. There’s a relaxed atmosphere with a focus on meeting new people and having fun while being active.

Pride Sports is a national database to find LGBTQ+ sports clubs in your local area.

If you find a trainer or gym online that you think would work for you, look through their social media for LGBTQ+ representation or the use of pronouns in their bios. Some may have a safe space or inclusion policy on their website as well. You can see mine here.

If you can’t see anything then drop them a message or email to ask if they have experience working with LGBTQ+ people. You could use this opportunity to ask if they employ any members of the LGBTQ+ community as trainers or reception staff.

I have recently worked with Raven from Corvus Coaching to ensure that my fitness sessions are safe spaces for all self-identifying lesbian, bi, queer or questioning women, trans women, non-binary/genderfluid people wishing to access a women-centred space, and those whose gender identity includes women some or all of the time. As a result, I have changed my business to be a gender-neutral and inclusive place for all.

To see more options on how I can support you on your fitness journey please click here.

Published by Aimee Pearce

I believe that being strong isn’t about how you look or being a certain weight, but being physically strong enough to enjoy life and have some amazing adventures. I also think being strong is a state of mind and being emotionally tough enough to handle whatever life throws at you as well as being empowered to create and live the life you want. I work with busy people face to face and online to give them the confidence to step outside their comfort zone and get stronger, physically and mentally. As well as being a qualified Personal Trainer, I am certified in the Foundations of Counselling to support my client’s mental health as much as I do their physical health. What I Do Show women how to enjoy exercise Support pregnant women to continue exercising safely Help women to focus on what their body can do not what it looks like Support busy women to prioritise themselves without guilt

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