Earlier this week, we highlighted Shockyard Fitness and Social Club in Plymouth, MA for being a huge #partofthesolution by offering a body positive environment for people to get fit! We wanted to delve a little deeper into what their members are like at Shockyard and so we chatted with Marie Desrosiers to get a little more insight to her body positive fitness journey.
1. Why are you pursuing fitness?
For much of my life, I've battled with body image and eating disorders. I've finally learned to see food and exercise as positives in my life and I thoroughly enjoy working out. I enjoy the feeling of gaining strength and power.
2. What brought you to ShockYard?
I learned about ShockYard when I joined roller derby. Because of my love of derby and the fact that ShockYard is run by derby players, I knew that it would be a good fit. The workouts are fun, empowering, and always positive. This really makes going there such an amazingly enjoyable experience.
3. What's your favorite kind of movement?
Skating! I also enjoy hiking, strength training, and all of the off-skates drills that we do at the ShockYard derby boot camps.
4. What's your proudest fitness accomplishment?
ShockYard had a wall-sit challenge and I won with a wall sit of over 10 minutes!
5. What are your goals (or a goal) for the future?
I've focused on really working to strengthen my body. I'm not worried about a number on a scale. How I feel is much more important than any number could dictate anyway. My goal is to feel good and to strive for healthfulness.
6. What would you like to see change in the fitness industry?
I would like a more body-positive mindset in the fitness industry. Less focus on striving for a certain size and more focus on being your own version of healthy.
7. What's your favorite thing about ShockYard?
ShockYard is run by two people who truly care. They help you reach your goals and are there to cheer you on every step of the way. They are body-positive role models and are a constant reminder that there are genuine people in this world who will remind you of your strength and awesomeness when you're struggling to see it in yourself.
You're a rockstar, Marie! We are proud of you. Keep being awesome.