3 Brands Making Fitness More Inclusive and Safe For Women
With the long-awaited reopening of gyms and a renewed sense of motivation to get active on the minds of many, here are some of the brands making exercise as accessible and inclusive for all women that you need to know.
Exercising often feels like a big commitment and for many groups it can feel like there are so many minefields before even being in a position to start working out. From accessible gyms, to inclusive activewear, to apps providing safe spaces, there are brands going the extra mile to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to get active — and here are three of our favourites at the moment.
Source: Grl Gym
Grl gym is a gym with a mission to make exercise and fitness accessible to all bodies and abilities. While gyms have a reputation for being intimidating and heteronormative, Grl gym is breaking the stigma and have created a safe space for ‘queer, trans, POC, QTPOC, non-binary, genderqueer, big bodied, thin bodied, differently-abled, the shy, lonely, recovering and all allies (men included)’ to get active and ‘rise together’. It offers a range of fitness classes and personal training sessions, and even rooftop classes for an exercise session where your view is the London skyline. Grl Gym is a great example of how the gym can be a space of empowerment for all; based in Hackney, this is a Grl gang we all want to join.
Girlfriend collective is an activewear brand making clothes ethical, sustainable, cute and inclusive, and we’re pretty much in love. With a range of styles for different activities (from running leggings to tennis skirts to unitards), Girlfriend Collective uses recycled water bottles and other recycled materials, limits wastewater in production, and has a traceable supply chain ensuring fair compensation for it’s workers all throughout the labour chain. It’s a super inclusive brand — offering clothes for UK sizes 4 through to 26, the brand has ensured that all shapes and sizes can look great and feel great while exercising.
Her Spirit is an app for women to ‘come together to get fitter, stronger and healthier’. It provides guides for mental health and wellness, food and fuel, and fitness and body. Her Spirit is designed to be a community and source of inspiration for women of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to encourage all to stay active with simple and healthy attitudes. Join online live classes throughout the week and share thoughts in forum-like spaces about your journey; it’s all about encouraging each other without competition. If you miss the community feel of running groups, this is the app for you.
by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.