Feminist and Mind/Body Fitness Resources
The title of this book does not reflect the radical nature of this work. Interdisciplinary and intersectional, this book combines a variety of approaches to understanding women and fitness. Ultimately, it argues for a feminist mind/body approach to American Fitness.
I also blog regularly on feminist fitness.
The video to the right considers some of the main critiques of mainstream fitness from my book, and it's only a beginning!
When I was researching my book I found that feminist fitness resources are not exactly easy to find. Here I try to provide some links to help us find more feminist-inspired fitness. Please send me links to fierce, feminist resources!
General Feminist Fitness Resources
Ms. Fit Magazine: Real World Feminist Fitness
"Ms. Fit Mag is a body-positive, LGBTQ-friendly, unapologetically feminist
women’s health and fitness webzine."
Feminist Figure Girl
Professor Leanne McTavish provides a variety of resources with a particular focus on body building.
Fit and Feminist
Tagline: Because it takes strong women to smash the patriarchy.
Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty
Tagline: Where fitness is a feminist issue. Two feminist philosophers and guest bloggers question what fitness means as they work to achieve it.
Professor Pirkko Markula's blog on Psychology Today.
Fitness is a Feminist Issue
By Tara Brabazon--best academic article on the subject.
Wrong Is Not My Name: Black Feminist Fitness
Bodies at Rest, Bodies in Motion
By Carol-Ann Farkas, published in Genders, an online journal. I wish I would have found this before I wrote my book!
"The Unapologetic Fat Girls' Guide to Exercise"
An interview with the author of a book by the same title (with the subtitle, "And Other Incendiary Acts"). This book is excellent for anyone who wants practical advice that is not focused on how you look!
Programs and Tools
The world's largest yoga fitness education school. Offers a transformative training program that can be pieced together for RYT certification. Brings "yoga to the masses."
Dancing Mindfulness with Dr. Jamie Marich
Captures the idea of feminist fitness through mindful movement.
A fabulous studio in Northern California that features a belly dance fitness program... and more!
Formerly out of Pullman, WA. Now in Ceder Falls, Iowa. "Dance Yourself Free..."
Black Girls RUN!
Inspiring and empowering black women. A National organization with local chapters. Resources and support.
A sensory-based movement practice
"revolutionizing the dance/fitness experience"
Body Image and Disordered Eating
Average Girl provides an excellent blog that discusses a variety of issues related to body image.
Includes the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating as well as a variety of information and resources.
Sized Up: Why Fat is a Queer and Feminist Issue
Anna Mollow, BITCH Magazine
Other Radical Approaches to Fitness
Tagline: Where spirituality meets social justice.
Becky Thompson Yoga
Writer, Poet, Activist, Yogi
Her new book, Survivors on the Mat:Stories for Those Healing From Trauma
Yoga as mind-body medicine.
21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics, and Practice
An interdisciplinary, edited collection.
Not Exactly "Feminist" Fitness Resources
Vital: On the Human Side of Health
A Health Humanities Magazine.
RBG Fit Club
Stic.man of Dead Prez and his fitness movement. Provides a variety of resources and inspiration. Also check out his album, The Workout.
Power Girl Fitness
As the site notes: "Fun and effective fitness. By girls for girls."
"Yoga Girl" and the yoga girls' response, "Yoga Girls of the World"
Community, Service, Social Justice
Sea Change Yoga, Community Action Yoga
A non-profit organization that serves populations in need including people incarcerated, in recovery, in transitional housing, and veterans.