They asked for my help for topics to include. So I thought I’d give you my list that I’m sending them.
But ALSO…what do you have? Add any in the comments. EDITED TO ADD: People have added comments and I have changed verbiage to my request via FB. I have added their comments below in red.
1. How important representation of all bodies is important in the fitness, wellness and health community.
2. How fitness professionals can be be more inclusive to people with different physical, mental abilities. Call it out/ name it for what it is….ABLEISM! Folks don’t use that word enough and in order to talk about oppression fully, ableism needs to be named.
3. How EXPENSIVE it is to eat healthfully – and it’s hard to eat healthfully when you don’t have expendable income.
4. How to be inclusive to the LGBTQ community. (I JUST HEARD a trainer making fun of the way someone spoke who was a member of the LGBTQ community!!)
5. Representation of the trans community in your literature.
6. How to make information about health and wellness accessible to people who don’t have the resources to hire trainers, go to the gym, eat fruits & vegetables.
7. How to make our profession more represented by POC.
8. Cultural appropriation of yoga and how important it is for people who are white to dig into this topic for themselves.
9. Acknowledging and talking about the current research around being healthy and overweight.
10. Talking about the new faces of body positivity – and how that looks differently than you may think. There are people on the front lines pushing forward what this means – let me know if you need some recommendations.
11. That racism has SEVERE health repercussions on POC and QIPOC – not just with outright racism, but macro and microaggressions endured.
12. The lack of diversity in the industry doesn’t make it feel open or accessible to everyone.
13. Scholarships for people of color to receive their certifications as reparation for 400 years of oppression.
14. Sexism in the fitness industry.
15. Ageism in the fitness industry.
16. Bridging cultural barriers. Understanding that they exist and how can we serve.
17. That there is a huge connection between mental health and physical health.
18. Cutting edge research on gut health.
19. Cutting edge research on the importance of diaphragmatic breath on all of the systems.
20. That there is more to health and wellness than your size. Recognize that the “5 moves to leaner legs” is problematic!!
21. Representation of Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC)
22. Consider challenging fitness programs to not be gendered (e.g., Zumba are not solely for women and weight lifting is not solely for men, not girl pushups or boy pushups, not the women’s barbell/men’s barbell.)
23. Addressing disordered eating as a trainer. How important it is to understand the complexity of this issue as a trainer.
24. Post natal care for women and addressing how to safely move after a baby.
25. Post natal care for women who have had c-sections and how to safely move after birth.
26. How your body changes after children and how your body changes as you age. Represent the TRUTH in your images.
27. Different measures for fitness than losing weight or looking fit.
28. Helping trainers understand that people of size have a really hard time finding clothing and equipment that fit them. Also understanding that being a bigger person impacts things like shoes (we wear them out faster) and why it can be hard for people to get good shoes (running stores can feel really intimidating.)
29. “WE NEED TO STOP saying “all ten fingers” and “all ten toes” on sh*t where saying “all your toes” or “all your fingers” is good enough. I have a [yoga] student who does not, in fact, have 10 toes, and every time I teach a pose where you put all your toes down, I immediately think of her and get angry on her behalf thinking about the number of classes I’ve attended where anatomy is attached to a specific number.”
30. “For the idea: Avoiding Ableism – not specifying weight, having verbal cues for those with visual impairment.”
31. “I hate the word lean. It’s like they thought “oh, we can’t use skinny anymore, we need a new word” and came up with lean like it’s some impenetrable code that the fatties will never figure out.”
32. “Look outside your community (ACE) for “experts” in fields like fat acceptance, body positivity, inclusion, equity, etc. and listen to what they have to say. LISTEN.”