The Bay Area has the highest concentration of self-identified LGBT adults in the country. But that doesn’t mean the needs of the entire community are being met. Six months ago, Lindsey Page opened Radically Fit in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood. She saw a need for an inclusive, body-positive gym for queer and trans people of color—especially the big bodied. So, she built it.
“This gym is so much more than even just working out,” said Lindsey, one recent Friday morning after leading members through a Power Circuit class. “I know so many people that want to work out—that would benefit from working out—but just literally can’t afford it...When I started this, I made a distinct choice that we were going to be choosing community over capitalism.”
Lindsey and her advisory board had accessibility in mind as they conceived of Radically Fit. They selected a location that’s reachable by public transit and use a sliding scale to ensure affordability. They also decided to offer classes that focus on strength and mobility, instead of weight loss or bulking. And—get this—they chose not to have mirrors in the workout areas.
The gym just marked its sixth-month anniversary. Lindsey says things are going well: Membership is growing, new classes have been added, and she’s looking to partner with more community organizations in the coming year. She’s on a crusade to help her community get radically fit.