Working out has been one of the greatest gifts in my life, but I never would have gotten to where I am with out the professionals who advised me and educated me on how to care and prepare my body for movement. Recently, I've seen a slew of health and wellness seminars aimed at plus women.
While I am all for these events, I am disappointed that many of them have chosen not to include and emphasize the importance of licensed professionals when getting active. Our bodies are so unique that the journey is not one size fits all. Additionally, no matter how often or how hard I work out my personal experience will never be equal to a certification program or degree. So, I'd like to encourage you to seek advice from people who have the training and experience to help along your journey. It's important we give these women the spotlight so we all can learn more about how to care, challenge and strengthen our bodies. For yoga, I love @mynameisjessamyn, @nolatrees and @biggalyoga. All three are ytt verified, have plus bodies and are just lovely people. For yoga and wellness retreats I recommend @diannebondyyoga and @raicesyoga. Dianne is a force and I've had several friends come back changed from her retreats. Jendars has an intense passion for working with all body types and ages and her retreats blend community and culture into the experience. For dance, I recommend @prettybigmovement and @amandalacount. PBM is the first plus dance troupe. Amanda is a star in the making and as a teenager is already teaching classes nationally. For endurance, running, and general fitness I recommend @leah_bpathletes. Leah is a triple threat: she's a has extensive training in psychology, several training and fitness certifications and is committed to body positivity. For training I reccomend @louisegreen_bigfitgirl who is a plus trainer, athlete and columnist for Self Magazine. Let's celebrate these women and learn from their hard work. Also, id be more than happy to help any of you organize a plus size fitness workshop. Lastly, please share any other professional bad ass lady trainers/coaches you know of down below.