Transgender and non-binary at the gym or in yoga class: 4 tips
May 19, 2022
Everybody is entitled to want to be in shape, relax, stretch, or do what is necessary to take care of their body. So, congrats if you have decided to do so.
Get a feel for your gym environment
In some gyms, not judging others and inclusivity is a part of their business model. Try to find this type of gym in your neighborhood. It is best to have a feel for your gym's atmosphere and we mean by that knowing the layout of your changing room and the types of people that go to your gym. You are as entitled as anyone else to use the gym and locker room so stay calm and confident.
Locker or not: you have options
Depending on your class environment and how comfortable you feel, you may have to consider avoiding the locker room altogether. If you're able to, change clothes before you arrive at the gym and leaving personal belongings at home or in your car. You can also change and shower at home if that makes you feel more comfortable.
In most locker rooms, men's or women's, the folks inside are going about boring business of changing, showering, or grabbing their personal belongings. Most folks won't really notice you.
Questions: assess the situation
If a staff member approaches you, you could ask to speak with the person in private to explain your situation. Some gyms are inclusive and have no problem having gender neutral, trans, non-binary, gender fluid, queer, or any gender in their gym.
If someone approaches you believing that you are in the wrong locker room, be confident and assess the situation. If you do not feel safe in any locker room setting, walk away, either until you feel it is safer, or permanently. One thing is sure, try to find a gym where you are supported as you work out will be more beneficial.
New to tucking: find the right clothes
The way we see it, you should be able to do anything you want. Whether you're new to tucking or have been going smooth for some time, our tucking underwear provide a comfortable, flat, gender-affirming tuck that you can wear undetectably with yoga pants, legging, shorts or just about anything you want.
To help with changing, pick clothes that are easier to get into and out of quickly. Pick looser shirts and tanks over tight athletic shirts.
If you want to use the locker room, know that our ACTIVE FIT tucking underwear will allow you to change in the locker room with confidence as per customer feedback
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