In a city so obsessed with wellness, we have a pretty narrow definition of what constitutes a good gym—pretty much anywhere with a treadmill and some weights will suffice. EveryBody, coming this spring to Los Angeles, is looking to change that, describing itself as a "body positive, woman, queer, trans, people of color and family friendly fitness and wellness center."
That's a mouthful, but a pretty refreshing one. The goal at EveryBody is to provide a safe, supportive and affordable environment for all members of the community to exercise and heal, regardless of their gender, race, age, size or ability.
Classes will include strength training, cardio, spin and dance, along with more restorative offerings such as yoga, sound baths and guided meditation. There will also be personal trainers on staff equipped with the knowledge and experience to provide tailored programs to people of all ability levels. In addition, EveryBody will offer healing and wellness treatments such as massage, acupuncture and Reiki. That's a lot of goodness all under one roof!
EveryBody stresses that membership comes with a responsibility: The gym is a community, and keeping it a safe space means committing to the message. There's no room for hate, bigotry or unkind words. Sounds revolutionary compared to the gym chatter we're used to hearing—and like a commitment we could readily make. And speaking of commitment, memberships are actually pretty affordable, with different payment options depending on what you're going for (a less expensive plan if you just want to use the gym floor, for example, as well as low-income memberships for those who qualify).