MOMENT OF TRUTH AND VULNERABILITY on being black in this industry. Can you imagine how hard it is to consistently read news about other black men and women being killed by our protectors, and then have to go smile and lead a class through love? Being so pissed that every cause is supported and celebrated, but when it comes to standing as one for black and minority lives/history, it all of a sudden becomes too controversial? Imagine marching and protesting with everyone else, but when it’s time to talk and protest about our rights and equality, it’s a ghost town? Or something as small as worrying about how you express your emotions, because you being black automatically turns a small disagreement into a confrontation. You’re a little too “intimidating.” On an even lighter note, it is sometimes more accepting for our white peers to play hip hop in classes, but when someone of color does, it’s too aggressive. Yes - that’s a thing. These are just some of many thoughts and concerns we’re met with. And because fitness is such an emotionally driven job, we work 20x harder to keep the disappointments and concerns out of your space.
As a minority teaching in this industry, where we are lucky enough to meet and lead individuals from all walks of life, it can be extremely difficult and exhausting trying to gauge our audiences - especially with everything going on today. We often worry about how we’re viewed and if our people(friends, coworkers and clients) genuinely care about our well-being. Concealed emotions. Like, if I didn’t lead this class, how would you view me? If you just saw me walking down the street in my athletic gear and a bandana, Would your perception of me be my reality? Truthfully speaking, probably not. I say that because I still get weird looks til this day, and I’ve been teaching in the area for years. This does not apply to all, but it applies to many. Some of us are the only people of color that many of our clients interact with on a more consistent basis. Which is an amazing thing, IF we’re taking the time to understand one another. With that being said, I encourage everyone to START AND CONTINUE having the conversations. We learn more that way.