Lesbian and Queer Bars Are Closing—Will Queer Fitness Classes Take Their Place?
Queer fitness classes are the new it spot for LGBTQ+ folks | Well+Good
Illustration by Taylor Anne Mordoh. My favorite way to warm up and shake off impending hibernation is to exercise. Last fall, I tried something new and joined a CrossFit gym. This workout has it all — cardio, weightlifting, rowing, kettlebells, and more — and you can do it indoors. Televised events like The CrossFit Games showcase the strongest competitors and give the sport a heavily muscled, high-school-sports aura. CrossFit has its critics, who claim the combination of heavy weights, complex lifts and an emphasis on speed set participants up for injury. Throw in a focus on food some CrossFit gyms push the Paleo diet , and the sport can seem overly intense at best and fanatical at worst.
1)Gym Class Can Be....Confusing To Say The Least
I remember getting hit in the stomach with a soccer ball and I remember doing laps around the field in the pouring rain. Middle school as a whole was a hellish and hormonal experience. My middle school employed four gym teachers, three men, and a young woman named Coach Marino. In sixth grade, I was placed in her class, and my fascination with her began immediately.
In a lot of ways, these spaces offer queer folks what the bars once did: community. What about being gay friendly and focused the rest of the year? In fact, both Flynn and Willow Merveille, founder of Naked In Motion in Boston and NYC, note that the the popularity of their Pride classes prompted them to add standing queer classes to their schedules. With weekly meet-ups, familiarity fosters community. It requires physical and foundational changes.