Our Core Values
1. Safety First
Our number one priority is to create a safe space for all which means we are committed to doing the work to ensure our classes and programs are weight inclusive and anti-fatphobia, anti-racist, accessible to those with disabilities, LGBTQIA2+ supportive and body-neutral. Our programs are for those who identify as women, as we care deeply about cultivating the powerful bond found between strong women. We are committed to creating safe and inclusive space by embracing open conversations respectfully, teaching with trauma awareness in mind and continuing to learn and grow.
2. Movement Education
We are committed to demonstrate proper form and alignment, and a variety of alternative movement options based on body size, ability and accessibility. We emphasize listening to your own body cues when engaged in physical activity in order to avoid injury and pain because your body knows best. Classes with Jolyn Martin Fitness are an evolving blend of strength training, functional movement, flexibility, balance training, cardiovascular endurance and inner awareness.
3. Diet Culture Free
Our community is committed to changing culture and ending obsessive ideal body pursuits. This means we leave body comments and weight-loss discussion at the door. We do not weigh, measure, compare or celebrate weight-loss as this further stigmatizes and disempowers those in marginalized bodies. Strength and health come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. We also recognize that food has no moral value and therefore we embrace all foods and respect each other’s food choices knowing that each individual has her own inner guide.
4. Fitness is holistic
Fitness is about wellbeing in our 4 bodies: Mental, Emotional, Spiritual and Physical. We believe it is imperative that we learn to trust our innate wisdom and body cues, challenge negative self-talk by choosing curiosity over judgment, and bridge the gap between our inner and outer self to create our most authentic life. Having a healthy relationship with movement means when we take away the guilt and aesthetic pursuits behind moving our bodies, we are better able to connect to ourselves and focus on ways in which exercise enhances and enriches our life (i.e., better sleep, stress reduction, and improved overall sense of well-being). We believe that finding joy in movement is essential, but recognize that not all movement will be easy or comfortable. Self-compassion goes a long way when starting a fitness routine and oftentimes challenging ourselves physically rewards us in other areas of life.
5. Community for change
It is our mission to build a community of women who celebrate themselves, support each other and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. We are committed to seeing the light within each individual and will celebrate normal bodies while fighting the unrealistic body and beauty standards our culture normalizes. We are committed to the ongoing work of interrupting systems of oppression including white supremacy, patriarchy and fatphobia.