I tell my athletes this all the time: our culture privileges a very particular body type in many conventional athletic activities. But just because your body isn’t built for running or yoga or sit-ups DOES NOT mean that it’s not an athletic body…

“If there’s a movement that doesn’t work for your body, it doesn’t mean your body is wrong. Athletic rules, which were created for people who look nothing like us, they don’t always apply.”

And this is especially true for bigger bodies! Mass moves mass! Bigger bodies are very often stronger than smaller bodies. Short folks will find strength sports like powerlifting much easier than longer-limbed folks will because the less distance you have to move a weight, the easier it is.

Whatever your body looks like–short, tall, fat, thin, muscular or not– there is a type of movement that your body as it is right now is best adapted for! Find the one that is right for you and you will feel great.

Coach Emily is a former professional cagefighter turned fitness coach. She is passionate about social justice, powerlifting, and her chirpy little cat, Koshka.

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