ARPT founder Adam, an ex-professional dancer, understands the importance of nurturing physical and mental health – something which has become all the more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic. As well as 1-2-1 and virtual sessions, ARPT runs training sessions specifically for the LGBTQ+ community and allies, to ensure a safe and comfortable space for everyone.
The global lockdowns instigated a career change for the PT behind ARPT, who always knew that their livelihood would revolve around movement and fitness. While being sure to use transferable skills, they devised two important initiatives within their personal training brand: positive mental health, and inclusion.
“Moving from the arts and culture sector to the health and fitness industry has been an eye-opening experience, which has helped me to identify that there needs to be more work done to embrace mental health discussions. Most people know the health benefits of regular exercise, but the accompanying benefits to an individual’s overall wellbeing are often overlooked or not promoted enough within the industry.
I want to be a positive influence in personal training, by striving to normalise exercising because it makes you feel good, as opposed to the all-too-common short-term goal of losing weight quickly for a holiday.”
As a result, LGBTQ+Fit was born. This is a weekly bodyweight-focussed exercise programme for the LGBTQ+ community and allies. While fitness environments can be exceedingly heteronormative, ARPT exists to welcome “all the colours of the rainbow” and ensure everyone has access to a safe and comfortable training environment.