April 2015 has CANADA born-and-based BODY EXCHANGE FITNESS BOOT CAMP FOUNDER/CEO/Fitness Trainer LOUISE GREEN to cover the CURVY FITNESS ISSUE of DAILY VENUS DIVA!!!
Here are some interview highlights:
Louise Green: I have been a trainer since 2007. I had a trainer that encouraged me to become a run leader in a learn to run 10K program she was conducting. I was plus size and came with apprehension, but I found that I loved it and it immediately felt like my calling.
Louise Green: I love instilling in people the concept that athletes come in all shapes and sizes. I love instilling that mindset and watching women grow with that empowerment and watching them consider a new path, that you don’t need to
lose weightto kick ass.
Louise Green: That mindset comes from the lack of representation laid out before us in society. Brands will rarely
alignthemselves with the plus size woman because of the negative undertone the media presents when it comes to obesity. This results in virtually no visual representation of the plus size woman in fitness and health.
Louise Green: First, I live an athletic lifestyle and put aside my personal fear to represent the plus size woman in athletics and then I coach other women to do the same. I do this by talking to my clients like athletes and creating a space where their athletic dreams can be limitless. I think it is a challenging fight because it requires people to step out of their comfort zone and into a society that can lack acceptance, but the more we see plus size bodies in fit and athletic roles the more it creates a safer environment and entices others to follow suit. How can we be what we cannot see?
Louise Green: It was through my volunteer work as a run leader and my personal experience in boot camp environments. I was usually the biggest girl and often at the back of the pack. It often felt intimidated and I’d see other plus size men and women join in only to not come back after a few times and I realized that the fitness industry was harping on people of size to get moving yet they were entirely missing the mark on their needs as far as environment, appropriate training and building tribes of support. I did some research and found next to nothing for the plus size aspiring athlete. So, I decided to build that space.
-CCGLouise Green: I had just had a baby, my Son was 3 months old when I opened Body Exchange, I was the heaviest I’d ever been and wasn’t in the place I am now with body love and self acceptance. I was still in a place of seeking acceptance from the fitness industry so I guess the hurdles were my own internal struggles with owning my mission, this concept and myself. Over time, I’ve really come full circle in self acceptance, advocacy and standing up to change our society but in the beginning really played its small.Of course, I’ve also received backlash from some of the public for my concept, but as my own confidence built that has reduced almost to nothing.