I love the gym. I was practically raised in it. My mom ‘discovered’ fitness when I was a preteen and was instantly hooked. I watched her and my older sister drive to the gym almost daily, sitting in wait for my turn to get in touch with my own physicality. That day finally came when I was sixteen. The three of us joined an exclusively all-women’s gym in my hometown and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I marvelled at the strength and positivity of these women. I felt like I had finally found my tribe.
Fast forward 20 plus years later—I opened my own women’s only facility, loosely modelled after the one I attended when I was sixteen. I took everything that I fell in love with and adapted it to my own space. My goal was to make it an incredibly empowering environment where women could feel safe and supported while reconnecting with their bodies without feeling self-conscious or judged.
Now, as much as I enjoy traditional gyms, I struggle with the fact that they can be incredibly patriarchal in nature. Many women often feel a sense of ‘gymtimidation’, out of place, sexualized and even unwelcome. Also, historically, many of the ads we’ve seen for traditional gyms with regards to women, perpetuate unattainable (often patriarchal) standards of beauty.
Trust me, I’m not a man-hater or an anti big box gym goer. What I am is a woman who is extremely passionate about uplifting and empowering other women to live our best, healthiest and most authentic lives as we see fit. Not as society tell us to.
So in case you’re wondering…here’s Our Manifesto:
Our Studio is safe space where women can workout comfortably and feel supported. We prioritize diversity, inclusivity and frame exercise as a feel-good tool that’s beneficial for our mental health, rather than striving towards unobtainable body standards.