I had the privilege of attending Dare to Bare this weekend in NYC and to say it was life changing is an understatement!!! Dare to Bare is the brainchild and main fundraising event for The Movemeant Foundation (created by Jenny Gaither). Movemeant Foundation is a nonprofit that promotes body positivity, body confidence and provides opportunities for young girls/women to feel powerful and confident in their own skin and know that no matter what they look like, where they are from, etc we all have bodies and they are meant to move (see it MOVEMEANT??)
Dare to Bare took place in the middle of NYC (Union Square Park) and there were so many amazing women (and some men) in attendance. Classes varied from yoga, to bootcamp, spin, surfset and dance classes just to name a few, with trainers from Brett Hoebel (who is adorable, you must meet him) to Alex Silver-Fagan and even Jenny herself taught some classes! BUT the thing that made this event was the fact that these thousands of attendees were baring it all to show how we as women can work together to overcome our insecurities, let go of our vulnerabilities and transform into our powerful, confident selves!!! And by baring it all, I mean literally baring it all!!!! We were given these cute little sports bras to wear for the event with the bottoms that made you most comfortable (the bras were not mandatory, they recommend you wore what made you feel powerful, but most wore some sort of sports bra). There was no judging or body shaming, it was a huge group of women just empowering and supporting each other while working out…….there was body diversity going on which I LOVED!!!!! I would really LOVE LOVE LOVE to see even more diversity next year, come on ladies get out there and flaunt what you got! This is probably one of the ONLY times I have been photographed at an event with just a sports bra!!!!! OH BTW if you have a surf board workout by you it is a must do!!! I am sooooo sore today but in a good way!!!! I was so overcome with emotion as this event continued; I mean seriously where do you ever see such a thing? I had the amazing opportunity to speak with Jenny for a few minutes after the event and I’m gonna be honest I had a fan girl moment…….she making strides for something that means sooooo much to me……..this group is totally everything that I live for! It makes me so sad that we are so negative about our bodies and that we spend so much time ripping ourselves apart….why do we say these things to ourselves that we would never dare say to another human? Why and how did we get to the point where what we are is not enough? I struggle everyday with body dysmorphia and have to fight to keep that monster at bay, Dare to Bare was a huge step in the right direction in being comfortable with ones self and realizing that we ARE ALL DIFFERENT and different does not mean bad! My body has gone through so much over the years, having a baby, gaining a TON of weight, losing that weight, losing too much weight, gaining it back…..I could go on and on and on LOL but in the end my body has done some miraculous things!!!!!!! We all need to stop punishing it and start celebrating it! Scars, stretch marks, dimples, and all that good stuff is just the chapters of our lives!
As I sit here looking back on the event I think back to the girl just a few years ago that would have NEVER been seen in public with her stomach showing……that insecure, afraid, self-loathing girl would have NEVER attempted this type of event. That girl didn’t even like to leave the house and now I just did a workout in public w NO SHIRT ON!!!!! How in the heck did my life change so much? I learned to accept myself flaws and all……do I strive to better myself? YES! But do I hate myself? NO!!!! I have put aside that mindset, but it was NOT easy and you need support and great people around you! As I write I sit here going huh, if I could do that, why can’t I run my next race in a sports bra instead of sweating to death the whole time?? Why do we always second guess ourselves and what our amazing bodies have done and what they can do for us? After this event I DARE you to BARE! Whether it’s working out in shorts, a sports bra, trying something new (a new workout, etc), going for your first run……..be daring, be you and don’t every apologize for rocking who you are!!! Now get off the computer and go move your body!