The Simply Enough Project is a body-neutral environment created for girls and nonbinary tweens and teens to thrive in their own bodies, using the strength inside of them. SEP provides online, pre-recorded and live exercises demonstrated by womXn, and nonbinary people representing all different body types, identities, and abilities. SEP is for people of marginalized genders, including women, nonbinary folks, and trans men, endorsing the idea that you can be strong and healthy in any body. WomXn experience body image issues on a disproportionately greater scale than cis men, and we are combatting that by providing an environment for young people to see representation in, regardless of what gender they were assigned at birth. We reject societal body ideals and its’ dangerous rhetoric endorsing gimmick fitness and diet methods. We have seen first-hand how such messaging has especially harmful implications on the body image and wellbeing of young people. The Simply Enough Project empowers youths to build strength, confidence, and self-love of our diverse, whole, capable bodies. We want to use what we have, not lose what we have, because we are Simply Enough.
We create workout videos for tweens and teens, where each exercise is demonstrated by a different person, representing how our real world looks. Fitness is achievable for every body, and looks different in every body.
In the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown, I noticed that my sister, a Level 10 USAG gymnast, did not have an online resource to keep her fitness level up at home. Yes, there are "online workout videos for girls," but when she would type that in to Google, she would mostly see click bait words for videos with body shaming, problematic titles, such as "lose your arm fat in 8 minutes." WomXn experienced a great deal of body shaming and the life-long trauma that comes with it. When surveyed, 53% of womXn said that they did NOT feel people who "look like them" are represented in workout videos, and 100% said it would make them feel more comfortable working out if they did. I am setting out to create an environment for today's tweens and teens where they can thrive, free of toxic body standard ideas, and have a team of adult womXn who look like real people show them what their bodies are capable of accomplishing.
Fitness is not about weight, or being "skinny," it's about making every day life feel easier in your body.