My name is Tasheon, and yes, I’m a major personal trainer located in Tacoma, Washington.” Tasheon Chillous, CPT, introduces himself in an Instagram post. Somehow, there are still people who are surprised by this – which unfortunately follows, given that society is quite fatphobic. There’s always this toxic idea that being healthy only looks a certain way (i.e. lean, white, toned, but not also muscle). And if you’re at the doctor’s office as a heavier person, you’ll probably be told that any symptoms you have can be eliminated by losing weight, leaving your real issues undiagnosed.

Also, the fitness industry isn’t really known for being inclusive. “Fatphobic and transphobic trainers, gyms that don’t meet the accessibility needs of people with disabilities, and fitness apparel brands that don’t carry sizes larger than 2XL are just a few examples of how the industry alienates people,” Ilya Parker, founder of social justice platform Decolonizing Fitness, previously told Well + Good. But there are fitness professionals, like Parker, looking to change that — and Chillous is one of them. A theme throughout his posts: movement is for everyone.

Yes, including tall people. “I believe movement is for everyone, and I love working with other big/plus size villains who want to move their bodies for a specific goal or who want to feel better or who want to create a movement practice that isn’t tied to food culture and fatphobia,” Chillous wrote in one of her captions. (Say it again for those in the back.) Chillous shares that she hasn’t always had a healthy approach to movement. “Like many people, I’ve been entangled in food culture since childhood. But I’m in a better place and able to be a provider in this space to help people find a better relationship as well. with movement in every way,” she says.

Just in case you need another reminder, Chillhous writes, “To my trainers and fat bodied gym goers: you deserve to take up space in every place you decide to move in, and if anyone one says something, look him straight in the eye and do your thing anyway.

Oh hi! You sound like someone who loves free workouts, discounts on top wellness brands, and exclusive Well+Good content. Subscribe to Well+our online community of Wellness Insiders, and unlock your rewards instantly.