Powerlifting has elevated my self-efficacy and helped me to unlearn harmful narratives that one should always be concerned with occupying less space and making our body's numbers go down instead of up.
But as a community, our sport is still too often a place of oppression and exclusion that is not only present in fitness but every area of life.
Strength For All is an answer to the question of what kind of community we as strength athletes want to be. As members, we commit to a set of principles that affirm the dignity and value of all people and assure one another that we won't let our gym descend into another harmful, toxic, body shaming space within diet culture and fitness. By offering sliding scale memberships, the safe space that Strength For All is working to build for all bodies is available for anyone who wants strength sports to be a part of their life.
This is why it's important to me — and to the Brooklyn powerlifting community, and to strength sports in general — that the Women's Strength Coalition can continue to operate SFA with sliding scale costs to members. If you think I'll hit my 870lb goal at the Meet For All in March, please donate $10 to wish me well and support the gym I love!