I've always been a small guy and less traditionally masculine than others. I was ridiculed and made to feel less than because I wasn't particularly athletic or muscular. I removed myself from any opportunities I had to engage in physical activity for fear of ostricization and judgement, but something changed. I was given the opportunity by someone to take space, be strong and to be myself. There is nothing like the freeing feeling of finding a space where you can be yourself and get strong. Once I began strength training with a barbell, and understood that feeling of physical strength I couldn't get enough and I wanted other people to experience this feeling. It led me to reading books and asking questions and finally getting certified as a personal trainer so that I could help share the feeling of strength by helping people realize the strength they already posess and to build safe places for people to take up space and be themselves.
This is why I so greatly resonate with Strength For All's mission to create a space where traditionally excluded communities have room to exist and to engage in the things that fullfill them. For people to have space to get strong. For people to have space to share in one another and realize the strength they carry every day.