As we count down the days until WDTB Nashville is here, we’re excited to introduce you to some of the rockstar fitness instructors who will be a huge part of making the event special! Meet Kate Moore, owner of GetFit615! Kate is not only an incredible fitness instructor, but an advocate for body positivity and women’s empowerment! Kate’s belief that our bodies are a magnificent vessel for who we actually are, and her dedication to the practice of self-work and continuing growth in order show up more presence in this world, are just a few of the reasons that her partnership with Movemeant is so perfect! Be sure to sign up to sweat it out with Kate at We Dare To Bare in Nashville on November 4th, and follow along with her and GetFit615 on Instagram! @GetFit615
Movemeant: What is the most important life lessons that fitness has taught you?
Kate Moore: Fitness has taught me that fitness isn’t about what I used to think it was about - fitness is about being in my body and participating with my body. From there, I get to move forward in life - I get to participate in real life, and figure out what I really care about instead of my body image consuming me. Fitness is about breathing, learning new things, paying attention, playing, compassion, listening, stillness, and action. Moving is just part of my day, most days… and on the days that it’s not, that’s okay and important.
M: How do you build and maintain your confidence?
KM: I’m not always confident… sometimes I’m nervous or shy or uncomfortable or have no freaking clue what I’m doing. And when those feelings come up, I acknowledge them. “I get that you’re nervous and that’s okay.” And, if I choose to, I move forward. Not without that fear of not-enough-ness, but with it. Generally, I’m really grateful that I didn’t let my fear get in the way of me living my life or doing something that’s important.
I think something that’s important to know about “confident” people is that they’re afraid of stuff too - they’re just choosing courage instead of the fear. And also, it’s okay to choose fear sometimes… next time, if you want, you can choose courage. It’s like working out - you’ve got to begin flexing the courage muscle and then intentionally keep using it over and over so that the fear muscle won’t take over.
M: How has the fitness community impacted your life?
KM: Wow yes. The fitness community is so broad - I’ve learned a lot of what to do and a lot of what not to do from the fitness community. The fitness community has a lot of power to do harm - if we continue to keep talking about body image the way we do, in a way that leads people to believe they need to change, we’ll keep being part of the problem. That being said, the fitness community has so much power and opportunity to do good. I find that as individuals, most of us believe that movement is important and necessary and that movement, wellness, and fitness doesn’t just apply to the physical body. We’re generally the type of people who love helping people feel good and that’s a good kind of person. I strive to be an individual in the fitness community who continues to do the work on myself so that I can share that with my students. I won’t always get it right, and that’s the nature of life right? Having the courage to fail over and over and over and meeting that with compassion and growth every time. The fitness community taught me that.
M: If you could talk to your (middle school aged self) 10-13, what would you say?
KM: I would hug her. Like, for a while. And I’d listen to her. I’d listen to how she talks about crushes, or her body, or other girls at school. I’d ask her what she believes when she sees pictures in magazines. I’d share my story with her. I’d show her what it’s like to be a woman in her own body - I’d be an example for her to eat what she needs and what she wants without making a choice based on the calorie content. I’d show her what it’s like to play on the beach in a bathing suit. I’d show her what it looks like to get dressed without sucking in when I look in the mirror. I’d listen to her tell me what’s important to her and then I’d help her get involved in those things. I’d never comment on her weight or my own.
Obsessed with Kate as much as we are? Don’t miss your chance to see Kate teaching her HIITFIT615 class at We Dare to Bare’s Nashville Pop-Up on November 4th!