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Britt 

"My name is Britt (They/Them) I’m pansexual, a full time athlete, personal trainer & small business owner. I run my personal training business “Resistance + Co.” out of Tequila & Deadlifts in Carytown 5 days a week. In my free time you can find me training as a competitive powerlifter at The Weight Room, bonding with my partner & our 4 cats or relaxing in the lawn at the VMFA. 

 

I love that “strong” is a fluid term and looks different for every individual. I am passionate about meeting people exactly where they are to unlock their full strength and potential through intentional movement & sport style training. My goal is to welcome any and all walks of life with open arms into the empowering community of strength in RVA."

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Elliot Capella

"My name is Elliot (he/him). 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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Laura Mae Lucas 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."

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Rachel Mckiver

"My name is Rachel Mckiver. I'm a full time  cardiac ICU nurse and competitive strength athlete.  I compete in Powerlifting/ Strongman but enjoy many styles of lifting. I believe in mind body connection and fueling your soul with positivity. I feel living a healthy lifestyle can help you thrive in other aspects in your life. I stand by the fact that everyone deserves to be appreciated and respected within the strength community. It is not about what you are doing but how you are doing it. Everything should be done with a goal in mind and an open heart. I enjoy being challenged and find it rewarding to help others.  When I'm not in the gym you can find me, hanging out with my son, playing with my cat, or working on my personal growth."

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Brandi Walker

My name is Brandi Walker (she/her). I am a certified personal trainer and owner of InFlight Fitness. My goal as a personal trainer is 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. 

 

Currently, I am working towards creating a brick and mortar space inspired by the gender questioning, bending, and challenging movements for justice and liberation. This will be a fitness space that serves as both a refuge and a pedestal for those who are rarely considered in mainstream fitness.

In addition to my fitness endeavors, I am also an artist with my BFA in Sculpture from VCU and a current MA student studying Environmental Modeling in Game Development at Academy of Art University. I believe in the ability of art to inspire curiosity and confidence outside of art institutions and intend to use art and game design as tools to redefine fitness.