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Laura Mae Lucas (she/her)
Founder/Director

"My name is Laura Mae. I am a Strength and Nutrition Coach at Body Arc in the Southside of RVA. I have been in recovery from alcohol for 6 years. I have found strength and empowerment through powerlifting. 

 

I'm passionate about teaching beginners how to lift as well as healthy sustainable habits. In my free time I am teaching youth art programs. I have worked with organizations such as Art 180, the Richmond Public Library and the Visual Arts Center. My goal is create a safe, welcoming and inclusive space for everyone to express themselves through art and movement."

Britt (they/them)

Britt is a non-binary personal trainer, IPL Worlds qualifying powerlifter & owner of Resistance + Co. Strength Collective. They are the Social Media Director for us here at Richmond Strong as well as for Body Arc RVA!

 

Britt firmly believes that strength training belongs to everyone and is enthusiastic about holding space for any and every body to find physical and emotional empowerment through strength. Britt uses their platforms to advocate for opening the conversation and releasing stigmas around mental health, sexual liberation + pleasure and the queer experience.

 

In their free time you can find them training as a competitive powerlifter + olympic weightlifting athlete at The Weight Room, exploring new music, checking boxes off of the gay agenda, bonding with their large family of cats in Museum District or geeking out over the contents of the sky.

 

Instagram: @briiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitt (20i’s)
+ @resistanceandcompany

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Elliot Capella (he/him)

"My name is Elliot. I’m a transgender man, who started Powerlifting in 2018 as a way to treat my gender dysphoria and body dysmorphia. I believe in exercise and nutrition as medicine, and I dream of a world where these are accessible to everyone regardless of gender/sexual orientation, race, income, etc. 

 

When I’m not training for my next Powerlifting meet, you can find me building applications in the Cloud, walking my dog in Church Hill, or hanging out by the river with my partner."

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Brandi Walker (she/her)

My name is Brandi Walker. I am a certified personal trainer and owner of Body Arc and InFlight Fitness. Body Arc is an art-driven, fitness space dedicated to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for physical and mental wellness for all bodies. InFlight Fitness is my personal training company, in which I strive to give every client agency over their own bodies while making fitness a source of joy and healing. I strive to create inclusive and compassionate spaces for anyone and everyone to feel empowered by fitness. 

 

In addition to my fitness endeavors, I am also an artist with my BFA in Sculpture from VCU. You can catch me painting murals at Body Arc, 3D modeling silly characters or welding steel sculptures!

Gabby Brost (she/her)

Gabby is a seasoned coach and a multi-sport athlete competing in powerlifting, strongman and Olympic weightlifting. She firmly believes that fitness is for everybody and every body. She is the head coach and founder of GAB Strength, a coaching company dedicated to helping others become their strongest selves through inclusive coaching for clients and education for fitness professionals. She also is passionate about bettering the fitness industry through activism, education, and inclusivity. When she’s not training or coaching, she’s probably drinking coffee and buying more plants.


Instagram @gabstrength
Website: gabstrength.com

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Autumn Breeze Somers (she/her)

Breeze is the owner of A Balanced Canine, she is a dog trainer, behavioral consultant, canine fitness trainer, as well as a Canine & Feline nutritional counselor. Her passion for canine fitness & nutrition also extends to human counterparts, as she has witnessed the benefits of movement for physical AND mental health as well as the healing power of nutrition!


Breeze loves the empowering nature of strength training and watching people realize and harness  that within themselves. She recently moved to RVA and has fallen in love with the inclusive and inviting nature of strength training here. She is a bit of a workaholic and on a regular day you can find her reading a book (likely dog related) or enjoying an agility session with a canine friend.


Instagram: a.balanced.canine
Website: abalancedcanine.net

Delia (she/her)

Delia is the manager of Red Salon Organics, an LGBTQ+ inclusive and woman-owned hair salon in Richmond’s Fan neighborhood. She is passionate about inclusivity in the beauty industry and the world of fitness. In her free time, you can find her at home with her two cats or enjoying Richmond’s vibrant music scene. 

 

For Delia, strength training is about physical and mental empowerment. Her strength journey began in early 2021, and she loves to encourage fellow beginners. She believes in finding creative solutions to make strength and movement more accessible, regardless of gender, race, income, or ability levels. Fitness is for everybody! 

 

Instagram: @sunnydrerealestate / @redsalonorganics

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Eric Price (he/him)

Eric is the Content Manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond, a non-profit that provides housing and other support services for families with children receiving medical treatment in the Richmond area. He started powerlifting in 2018 as a way to combat his anxiety and depression and quickly fell in love with the sport. 

In addition to powerlifting, Eric loves gardening, skateboarding, photography, and making videos. He has an MBA with a Digital Marketing focus and a BM with an emphasis on music industry and a piano concentration.

Instagram: @ericprice885

Tiktok: @npc_life