Name: Wendy Welsher
Current location: Sacramento, CA
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Instagram handle: @wendy_myjamm_welsher
What inspired you to pursue a career in the movement space?
After training with a local gym for over 5 years, I recently decided to venture out on my own. I realized that the “gym life” was actually toxic for me. It created insecurities, an eating disorder and a ton of self doubt. I knew there were a lot of other folks out there just like me. So I wanted to help larger bodies like me who didn’t relate to the “gym life” but wanted to find joy in moving their body again.
When did you first hear about Joyn and what made you want to become an instructor with our platform?
Anna [Chapman, Lead Joyn Instructor] reached out to me because she liked my content on Instagram and thought I would be a good fit with the Joyn community! And I’m so glad I took the step to be a part of such an amazing group of instructors as well as participants.
Have you ever had an experience in the fitness/wellness industry that made you feel excluded?
Yes, I have! I worked with folks who were very fat-phobic and didn’t understand how there were so many factors that contribute to body composition even after I told them about my recent discovery of my eating disorder. There were constant questions of why I wouldn’t weigh myself, and challenged about my ability to instruct. Classes were slowly taken away from me because of one simple fact: the way that I looked. It didn’t matter that my workouts were challenging and fun, or that the members liked my enthusiasm and my dedication to their success - I taught less and less classes.
To the above point, what has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had in the fitness/wellness industry?
When I ventured out on my own and really found my calling. Starting my own business that is truly inclusive. It’s a safe, fun yet challenging space to learn how to find joy in moving your body.
What is a misconception about fitness that you wish would go away and why?
Just because you have a larger body, it doesn’t mean it’s unhealthy!
Can you tell us about the outfit you’re wearing - why you love it and what role does fashion play in your movement practice?
I truly hope every athletic brand sees that all bodies need movement and they can help uplift, encourage and make larger bodies feel like they belong with having the option to look cute while working out!
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