My Journey to Personal Training

Hi, my name is Asher Freeman, and I run Nonnormative Body Club. When I first came out as trans, I began weightlifting with hopes that I could change the shape of my body to better fit societal expectations of masculinity. While I was only ever marginally successful with that goal, lifting weights gave me a far better gift. For one hour every day, I was in tune with my movements and physical sensations. For the first time since childhood, I began experiencing what it meant to be embodied.

As I spent more time at the gym, I began talking with friends and realizing that it wasn't just trans people who can struggle to find a home in our bodies - it is people who have experienced trauma, fat people, people with disabilities, People of Color, cis women, and everyone else whose bodies are devalued by our society. My work as a body positive personal trainer is to remind people that our bodies belong to us, and we have every right to inhabit, nourish, and celebrate them as they are.

I am an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer with a Personal Training Certificate from Portland Community College. I now live and train in Philadelphia.

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