To be an inclusive space means understanding that you will have to continually grow into your mission. At Prism Fit, we know we are far from perfect and that we will have to be open to feedback, hard conversations and the owning of one’s mistakes. Here are a few things we have done to get started on our journey.
- Introductions done at the beginning of class include name and pronouns. Normalize pronouns!
- We have name tags available at the gym. This way individuals that are concerned about being misgendered can write their pronouns on a name tag. Even those individuals not worried about being misgendered can do this…normalize pronouns!
- Our coaches’ have coaches’ shirts with their printed-on name and pronouns.
- Bathrooms are not gender specific.
- Our workouts are not written as Rx/Scaled and Men/Women. Instead of categorizing our workouts in this manner, we use percentages for weight-based workouts and make sure each workout has a stimulus-based goal so people can choose weights and intensity based on that goal.
- We sought out software that does not force members to specify gender when signing up for membership or classes.
- No one’s body type dictates their ability. We do not make judgements off of a person’s body and weight loss is not discussed unless prompted by a client.
- Anyone that works with clients is constantly reminded to avoid clichés. All of them. Our group is no longer “Hey guys” or “Hey tribe” (as a white owner of the gym, this is problematic for many reasons but let’s use the obvious one – racism). We call the group humans, crew, everyone. We do not need to involve gender or what has been taken and turned into an overused and problematic marketing term.
- Other clichés like “strong for a girl” “spirit animal” “earn that food” do not work here.
- Our clients are strong for the sake of being strong. Period.
- Again with the problematic cultural appropriation of Indigenous culture.
- Food is not a reward and unless it has been discussed, we have no idea which clients have dealt with eating disorders and/or body dysmorphia in the past. Telling people to earn their food through working out is the worst thing you can do for these clients.
- We offer sliding scale pricing and a free BIPOC class every Saturday.
- We continue to try to have a diverse staff and community. This is an area that can always be improved.
- We own when we make a mistake and apologize.
These are just a few of the ways we have set out to be an aware and welcoming community. What are things you have done to try to set positive examples?