As a child I did not fit everywhere. Not in my neighborhood, at school, or at the Xbox Live Party. I was a kid in her cheerleader uniform and boasted about my wide long jump. I sat next to the child wearing a wizard costume that played Magic the Gathering. There were geeks and there was fitness, but there was no geek fitness. I only got up early to dance or see Pokémon. I was not sorry who I was, but I knew that I was different. I'm a black Ciswoman, a first-generation American, and I'm a pretty big geek (19459005), a nerd, a dork, and … an athlete. I'm also the founder of Geek Girl Strong an inclusive health coaching community for people who like me do not fit in a single box.
I knew that I did not fit in. I did not understand to what extent I was an outlier until I became an athlete teacher. I mainly taught grades 6-12 and saw how many of my students, especially the girls, were proud to get A & # 39; s and do a homerun in kickball to make up their minds between them focus on sports or play as an outstanding student.
At the heart of this pressure to position itself as an athlete for children and adults alike, is the mainstream narrative about Wellness . If you hear the word "wellness" or even "athlete", what do you imagine? We've learned to imagine the thin, white, physically healthy and normative people most often portrayed as the culmination of health and fitness, pop culture and advertising. It could be former university athletes, professional dancers or Olympians. This close account intimidates many people because they think they can be lonely if they decide to go on a wellness trip.
Breaking Down Against The Mainstream Narrative Of Wellness Is One Of The Reasons I Founded Geek Girl Strong
Our community is made up of girls, women, non-binary people and our allies who believe that wellness is inclusive and holistic and what I call the Triforce of Wellness includes: exercise, nutrition and mental health. When it comes to fitness, GGS offers both private and small group health coaching, personal training and pole dance classes, and my monthly Fangirl Health Club a 90-minute session that includes a warm-up program, exercise session, a cool-down and a wellness Q & A in which I answer questions and open the podium for discussion among the participants. GGS is not just about training, it's learning while learning, asking questions, curiosity about movement, and learning what our body can do. When it comes to nutrition, I help my clients read nutritional information and take them on grocery tours. I think our focus on mental health sets GGS apart from other fitness programs. I believe that someone who speaks openly about the mentally ill and advocates for mental health care has allowed GGS members to speak openly about the importance of caring for their own mental health. I have assisted many clients in finding therapists and support groups. We also talk about how we use mental health to deal with characters in our favorite fandoms. ("Harry Potter also has total PTSD.")
And when we train, we fly our geek flags.
All GGS events have a theme and everything from warmup to playlist to the moves themselves goes into the subject. I've worked on workouts ranging from 1984 and Fallout to Avengers: Infinity War Black Panther Deadpool and ] Jessica Jones . Participants are encouraged to wear fandom gear, and we start each session with an introductory circle where we say our names and pronouns and answer a question related to the topic of the day. The Star Wars -based question was "bright side or dark side and why?" This allows people to tie common interests before they train each other. Since many of the participants are not yet familiar with exercise and / or group training, breaking ice in this way can really help make them feel good.
My goal is to continue to create fitness rooms for self-identified geeks who do not feel right fit in the spa culture.
As a friend said, "Geeky people are a cross section of people with different abilities, races and body types; People who are often omitted because they are not the "norm". Geeky culture bridges gaps and allows marginalized people to access almost everything. "
When you make a workout geeky, someone opens the door to someone who otherwise would not have made it. Then enter the world with the new confidence that a successful workout can provide. In order to make workouts accessible to a wider audience, I do not have to reinvent anything, just think about how to make my classes accessible to the people I want to reach.
I would appreciate it when my clients think about the launch A wellness trip, as they would have thought to develop a character for a video or a role-play: We build the best characters we need to survive , and survive our enemies. We're all in this big campaign together, from the first litter to the epic battles and beyond.