At Uplift Studios, we are passionate about fostering a community for strong women to be seen, heard, and empowered to Uplift one another. Sexual Violence, as prominent as it is, manages to isolate and silence survivors into the feeling that they are alone. On March 3rd, Uplift will be hosting the next of our "Strong Women Uplift Each Other" series, focused on women and violence/harassment. While this isn't a new narrative, it is clear that with the recent wave of the #metoo movement, women are ready to talk about and actively fight against this abuse. We know that talking about assault and abuse sometimes feels impossible, but our lives and our loved ones' lives literally depend on it. Join the conversation (moderated by Sophie Parens, Uplift's Studio Manager) or feel free to just come and listen and support.
Cost: $10 (includes a glass of wine)
Bring a bestie, roommate, a date, or the love of your life for our annual Uplift Valentine's Workout. This full body workout will challenge you and your workout partner through a series of both strength and cardio intervals. You and your plus one will enjoy sweating together as a power pair, led by Uplift’s own Andi! Dress for the workout and don't forget your sneakers! For the Valentine's workout event, strong women + men uplift each other! (Guys are welcome for this event). $55 event fee includes admission for you and your plus one. Sign up HERE using “Valentines Couple Workout” at checkout.
We know that this can be a challenging time of year: coming off of the holidays, being bombarded by "new year, new me" (B.S.) body resolutions on social media, not to mention the potential pressures of Valentines Day...and we want to combat all of that as a community. AT UPLIFT, we love you (and US!) just the way you are.
Join us for this special "Strong Women Uplift Each other" (aka, SWUE) event about Body Image and Self-Love: kicking off with Uplift's own Meg, who will share her story about her personal experience with eating disorders and her journey to self-love and body positivity. Feel free to share your own story in a safe environment or just come, listen, and learn, and enjoy some delicious baked goods from Meg herself and a glass of wine along the way. Cost: $10. Sign up HERE.
ABOUT UPLIFT SUPERSTAR, MEG HOPKINS:
Society tells women we are worth more when we take up less space - that there are conditions to our beauty - and it’s messages like these that catalyzed Marjorie Hopkins, more commonly known as Meg, to develop Anorexia Nervosa in high school. Her obsession with weight loss caused her to develop a toxic relationship with food and exercise, which led to hospitalization in college and years of fighting to develop a healthy relationship with food, movement, and her body. She discovered the wide, wonderful world of body positivity one year into working as a fitness instructor, after becoming fed up with the fitness world’s obsession with weight loss and body composition goals, and hasn’t looked back.
Now, Meg is the founder and owner of Thrive Tribe Movement, a company that exists to encourage joyful movement in all bodies, especially those marginalized by the ‘pop culture’ fitness industry. She has made it her mission to create judgment free and inclusive spaces (like Uplift Studios!) for exercise. This means building programs based on the movement individual clients find fun. It means becoming an active organization in the political body positive movement. It means trading weight loss and body composition goals for mental, emotional, and performance goals instead. It means catering to all bodies - especially fat, disabled, trans, and other marginalized folks who often get overlooked.
Meg spent most of her life ignoring her mental health in order to fit into the boxes society told her she should. Now, she openly discusses her experiences with depression, disordered eating, and anxiety, actively rebels against food rules and pressure to lose weight, and spends a ton of her free time concocting tasty baked treats in the kitchen.