The Eight Pillars

These pillars are the BPFA’s core values and help create a better fitness experience for all people.
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Pillar 1: Accessibility

Our spaces are physically accessible and our practices are for all bodies. We consider financial, communication, learning, safety and other access related barriers to fitness.

Accessibility - Pillar One of the Body Positive Fitness Alliance

Pillar 2: Approachability

Our attitudes are positive, realistic, and predictable. Our processes are transparent. We acknowledge our own privilege is a barrier between ourselves and those we serve.

Approachability - Pillar Two of the Body Positive Fitness Alliance

Pillar 3: Enjoyment

We provide fun moments and experiences to help you associate challenging physical work with happiness and success.

Enjoyment - Pillar Three of the Body Positive Fitness Alliance

Pillar 4: Community

We create conditions for meaningful connections between individuals undergoing similar experiences. We are leaders by example and we protect our communities’ values.

Community - Pillar Four of the Body Positive Fitness Alliance

Pillar 5: Scope of Practice

We acknowledge our professional and personal limitations and do not prevent you from seeking a higher level of care for conditions outside our scopes of practice. We implement evidence based practices and follow guidelines from major professional organizations.

Scope of Practice - Pillar Five of the Body Positive Fitness Alliance

Pillar 6: Full Health

We ensure your experiences are safe and enhance your overall quality of life. We do not intimidate or shame; rather appropriately challenge you with consideration for your mental, emotional and physical health.

Full Health - Pillar Six of the Body Positive Fitness Alliance

Pillar 7: Body Positivity

We do not assume your ability based on what we do or do not know about you. We create and hold space for you to exercise autonomy over your body, our relationship and your experience.

Body Positivity - Pillar Seven of the Body Positive Fitness Alliance

Pillar 8: Growth

We prioritize growing as professionals to better serve you. We regularly self-evaluate our practices and their alignment with the Eight Pillars.

Growth - Pillar Eight of the Body Positive Fitness Alliance