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Edinburgh gym to offer trans-specific fitness classes

Edinburgh gym to offer trans-specific fitness classes

An Edinburgh gym is to begin running fitness classes specifically tailored for trans and non-binary people.

Projekt 42, a not-for-profit gym based in the northeast of the Scottish capital, will be the first fitness center in the city to offer these type of classes.

The Rainbow Lifters classes will involve a mixture of weight bearing and high-intensity classes.

They will be held at the YMCA in Leith and will be free to attend.

‘We are passionate about treating people fairly and ensuring our members know they will be treated as their true gender at our facility, Sara Hawkins, the founder of Project 42, told The Edinburgh Reporter.

‘Transitioning can be a journey and health and fitness is fantastic for creating not only a healthy body but also a healthy mind.

‘These two separate weekly classes are suitable for all levels, tailored toward gender affirmation muscle development and functional full-body training, high-intensity exercises,’ Hawkins added.

‘A more positive relationship with our bodies’

The classes will be taught by Coach Huld, a non-binary trans-feminine personal trainer.

Huld has extensive experience in training countless numbers of people from the LGBTI community.

‘I truly believe that exercise can be a powerful means of developing a more positive relationship with our bodies, which can be such a challenge for non-cis people,’ Huld said.

‘That’s why I have made it my mission to lower the barriers of entry into fitness for people like me as much as I can,’ they added.

The classes are due to start from Sunday, 6 January. Trans-feminine classes will be held at 14.00-15.00pm, and trans-masculine classes will take place at 15.30-16.30pm.