By Dirk Smith and Niki Trumpler
In the past 100 years of the culture of physical fitness, there has been a lot of growth and evolution of our knowledge to how regular exercise and fitness effects our bodies and minds. It has not been without a lot of learning and a lot of claims, theories and stereotypes that have been proving wrong; yet persist. A lot of the myths surrounding female fitness trends are rooted in a misogynist and sometimes outright sexist, antiquated standard. Thus here we are to bust some of those myths to help you get motivated to get moving!
By Dirk Smith
At my writing gig with Compete Magazine we’ve been talking a lot and sharing the story of Dr. Jen Welter whom (if you’ve been keeping up with Compete Magazine) has recently released her book “Play Big” to share her story of being the first female coach of the NFL on the sidelines with the Arizona Cardinals and the first woman to play professional American Football in a men’s league when she took the field with the Texas Revolution.
About 2 months ago, I had the pleasure to meet Dr. Welter at the 2017 Compete Magazine Sports Diversity Awards where she was being honored for her impact and leading the way for young girls and woman to defy gender stereotypes and become anything they truly want to be. Although I didn’t know much about her when I met her, my first impression was that she was unapologetically authentic and a very confident, kind, person that you can immediately establish a personal connection with.
By Dirk Smith
Our society is on an ever-changing landscape, the political, social and cultural aspects are always at the forefront of discussion. Everybody has a cause and we are all passionate about changing the world for the better in the best way we know how, fighting for your cause is one of the most important things you can do. It is important to be passionate about it and give it your all to enact positive change on our society. Yet we can find ourselves so involved with our cause that it’s easy to forget about the most important thing in our world, ourselves.
Activism is stressful work, no doubt. It can take a serious toll on the mind and the body. If we are to truly have an impact on the world around us, it is most important that we are the most healthy and capable that we can be to take on the challenges and stress that come with activism. Here are a few ideas to help you be as ready as you can be to take on the world!
By David Smith
If you’ve followed me on Facebook and Instagram over the past year, you might have found yourself confused with me… is it David or Dirk? What should you call me? Who the hell am I?
No doubt even something as simple as a name change on social media can have a tremendous impact on one’s identity toward their network of friends. Many people have asked me why I changed my name, when will I change it back and most of all… Do I go by David or Dirk?
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My name is (Dirk) David Smith. I created Stonewall Fitness with a passion to unite the LGBT+ Community through exercise, fitness and sport.
My passion lies in breaking down the barriers and stigmas associated with exercise and fitness.
Focusing on goal oriented training and personal best in exercise, fitness and sport.
I am an openly gay swimmer, coach, trainer, writer and blogger. Stonewall Fitness is my vehicle to channel my passion worldwide. I am #FitwithPRIDE and #iCompete
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