We Worked Out At A Queer Gym For A Week

We Worked Out At A Queer Gym For A Week

(pop music) – So I do work out at mainstream gyms but I don’t always feel like I fit in. – Mainstream gyms are very like machismo and aggressive. – I do go to the gym I I have to go into the men’s locker room and you know as somebody that has you know a past as a woman going
into an all-male space where my you know my body is very distinctly different is terrifying. – The gay community puts a lot of pressure on men to look a certain way. And because I don’t look that way it makes me feel like
something’s wrong with my body. – This week of working out at a queer gym is going to be really fun. (hip hop music) – I’m Sam Rypinski and I’m
the founder of Everybody. – I’m Lake Sharp and I am co-founder. – [Sam] Everybody is a radically inclusive holistic gym. – [Lake] It’s a place to build community. We welcome you through
our doors as you are. You’re not required to change anything. We welcome your body as it is. – Primarily we wanted
to found the gym because I wanted a space that I felt
comfortable working out in. (hip hop music) Hyper body is incredible and is exactly what someone from
the future would look like. This class does not feel like a mainstream gym class because it takes so much from queer culture. Bright colors, high energy, a slight shamelessness to moving that you don’t see in mainstream gyms. – [Man] I definitely felt like a huge sense of belonging. – [Woman] I did get emotional at one point in the class. Definitely dancing to Whitney Houston, looking around at
everybody and just seeing everyone just smile. – [Man] I typically
don’t like moving my body in a sexual manner but this class made it okay and I felt comfortable to do it and
I felt safe to do it. (applause)
– [Woman] You guys my name is Amelia. My preferred gender
pronoun and she/her/hers. This is Pony Sweat. We’re gonna move our
bodies for a whole hour. – I’ve always thought I
was a good dancer (laughs) until I took Ponies Sweats class. There were several times
that I was off beat, missing the steps I was
like what is happening here? ‘Cause I can dig it. (laughs) – I felt really good when she started playing
Robyn’s Dancing On My Own. – [Man] I’m already not a very good dancer so just trying to keep up
I was just like, uhhhhh. – Say thank you body. (hip hop music) Thank you class.
(applause) (hip hop music) – I thought the class
was a really cool way to have a little bit of
a physical interaction as well as feeling a spiritual
connection to yourself. – Today what we’re going to do is a nice restorative yoga class. And we’re gonna combine all
the postures with a little bit of breath work and mantra. – [Woman] The class was super relaxing and it felt like a really
good intro into yoga in a way of just understanding
and feeling my body more. – [ ] Put out a blessing to yourself. Send out a prayer to
your friends, your family whoever needs your support. But again, most of all,
to yourself because if you are happy that’s
the only way you’re gonna make other people happy. – I knew the classes
were gonna be different. I didn’t expect them to be so fun. – I loved working out at Everybody. – It was really cool to
just kind of be myself. I saw a lot of women
weightlifting which was cool. I was like yes, my people. – The minute I stepped into Everybody I saw people who looked like me and I was immediately put at ease. – Having queer gyms across the country would open so many more
people up to fitness and that’d be great. – If I could send a wish
to myself it would be to care for myself and
be patient with my body. And it’s gonna do its own thing. I just have to work with it and you know love it the way that I can. (hip hop music)

100 thoughts on “We Worked Out At A Queer Gym For A Week

  1. yall seem to be missing the point of this gym. the name of the gym is literally Everybody. it doesn't matter who you are or what labels you identify with its just a safe fun place for everyone to work out where you don't have to feel uncomfortable or the pressure of being judged. its not dividing anyone or making us more sensitive its literally about bringing people together to do an everyday activity in a comfortable environment.

  2. honestly the only time gyms should be separated should depend on the focus that the particular gym. (like running, weightlifting, yoga, etc)

  3. You stick a bunch of gay peeps and some black lights in a room and the magic happens… (no hate for the LGBT+ community. Love y'all)

  4. Goals of normal people: I want to get a scholarship to like UCLA or something
    My goals: I wanna get one of my comments to the top of the comment section

  5. I feel like the idea of "needing to look a certain way to go to a gym" is all in a persons head and doesn't exist in real life. I am disgusting when I work out. I burp and fart when I am at the gym but nobody seems to care because their focused on their own exercise/routine. Gyms are an accepting place.

  6. i have just one question. Why does everything with gay people have to be so over the top. I mean the gay parade why is there men in thongs and dressed so weird. Why can't gay people lobby for their own seperate bathroom instead of wanting men in the women's room. It is almost like you want everyone to conform to your needs and you all could care less about anyone else.

  7. I really don't think that is gym Is for everyone as I think that this leftist gym isn't tolerable to other opinions

  8. I just signed up for my local gym today after 10 years of refusing to go due to severe social anxiety and I just wish this existed all around the world. I'm not queer but it just seems like such a welcoming place unlike most gyms. Hopefully this can become more of a mainstream thing in the future

  9. You know, when I saw the title "Queer Gym," I was expecting something along the line of regular gym but with queer people. Pretty sure regular gyms don't have colorful flashing lights, but whatever.

  10. So, why do we need separate gyms for queer people? I mean I thought we didn't want any type of segregation.

  11. Anybody know a gym like this in Seattle? I'm predominately straight, but this kind of gym is where it's at.

  12. Honestly once I move out I want to start going to places like this. It'd be so nice to be around people who don't expect me to be what I'm not for once

  13. I really like this as an idea to help create more welcoming spaces for LGBT people to meet and mingle. Problem is, as it is with many queer spaces, it has a chance of being overrun for its very open and freeing atmosphere. It's already a problem for gay bars; I'd hate for it to be a problem for a space like this, too.

  14. don't get me wrong, this looks great and fun.
    i think traditional gyms should be more inclusive and the end goal of that would be not needing a queer gym. so it's a double edged sword, it's like on one hand you get a great gym, but on the other side you can't really change the old gyms to be as great and then queer and nonqueer people will not find a bottom line gym, which is not saying i dont support the gym; it looks great and fun and amazing, i just feel like the label "queer gym" is excluding queer people from traditional gyms. its like: this is your gym, this is the gym for the others.

  15. No but gay people are just like everyone else except they like someone of the same sex right?

  16. Gyms don't exclude queers. Also, women lift all the time. It's already normal. And the dancing? Ever heard of Zumba? Non of this seems different from a "normal" gym. What about this is special?

  17. I wish I could go there but might have to go to a different country just to go to a "queer" gym I would do anything to go to an amazing gym in my future be because I'm only 11 years old

  18. This seems so much comfortable than going to a gym and having: people that obviously aren't working out stare, random guys saying "Do you need help with that?" when you know they just saw you bench a weight, or when guys try to "correct" your posture when doing squats

  19. This needs to exit for teens, as a teen who is overweight, I would say that if they had a gym like that for us, it would be amazing

  20. your name is amelia and you have a very feminine voice and face i dont think you need to announce your pronoun

    like "hey my name is kevin and i am clearly a dude" "whats your pronoun?" "what do you think?" "umm he/him/his?" "duh obviously you idiot"

  21. I was just looking into pony sweat classes and this popped up in my recommend. I'm totally there for this. I'm going to go look at prices right now.

  22. "Jack" was born a woman, became a man, is too embarrassed to share a men's locker room, and now requires a queer gym to feel comfortable around other "men." Pathetic

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