If you're looking for trans friendly gyms or gyms for transgender people you're in the right place. TransFriendly lists thousands of businesses around the world over that welcome and support transgender and non-binary people, including transgender gyms.
Your comfort is first and foremost when visiting the gym! Wear loose fitting t-shirts and tracksuit bottoms, or gym gear with high amounts of elastane and breathable fabric. If you wear breast forms and wish to switch them from your bra to a sports bra, you can do this wherever you’ve decided you’d like to change.
For trans men, never exercise in a binder! Be sure to change to a comfortable sports bra to keep yourself safe, and you can always wear a t-shirt with a non-conforming pattern to disguise anything you don’t want showing. If you’d like to pack while exercising, make sure you have some good fitting, or packing-specific underwear to keep everything in place!
Start with some failsafe equipment if you’re unsure about how to use some of the pieces available. A treadmill or rowing machine is always very simple to use, and there should be instructions available nearby if you need a hand turning anything on. Sometimes the best thing to do when you’re feeling inexperienced is to watch other people as they use equipment you’d like to use, or simply ask a member of staff available! They have all signed our TransFriendly pledge, and will not discriminate or judge you if you need a hand doing anything.
Some gyms make not judging others a huge part of their business model, while other gyms can have a more aggressive, competitive feel. No matter which locker room you are using, it is best to have a feel for your gym’s atmosphere. That means knowing the layout of your changing room and the types of people that go to your gym. Keep your gym membership card handy in case you are approached by staff. In the end, remember that you are just as entitled as anyone else to use the gym and locker room, and stay calm and confident.
Depending on your gym environment and how comfortable you feel, you may have to consider avoiding the locker room altogether. If you’re able to, change clothes before you arrive at the gym and leaving personal belongings at home or in your car. You can also change and shower at home if that makes you feel more comfortable.
Gyms signing our pledge have ensured that you can rest easy during your time there. They will not allow any discrimination, and respect you with as much privacy and discretion as you need during your visit.
Your body is your own! Our TransFriendly gym professionals will be here to support you every step of the way in your experience.
Our TransFriendly gyms will respect your true identity throughout every step of your experience. They are here to support you, and honour your choices.
Each business will be available to help you when you’re ready to change your personal information with them, just use their available contact information to find out more.
All offers and discounts are subject to individual gyms. If any businesses are offering them, you’ll find them on the store’s TransFriendly profile!
The TransFriendly pledge is a series of eight commitments that have been made by every business listed on TransFriendly. They guarantee that you’ll be treated with kindness, dignity and respect, and put real requirements on businesses to help and support you as you access their services. All businesses listed on trans friendly can be reviewed by trans and non-binary people, and we take any breaches of the pledge extremely seriously.
Getting more transgender and non-binary customers can help you to increase both the reputation and income of your gym.
When you list your business with TransFriendly, you can engage with the transgender community as well as get the resources, support and training you need to give your transgender customers the best possible experience.