The OUT-FIT™ Movement
Founded in 2014 - Our Vision Was Clear
The name says it all. We are out and into fitness, but there is a lot more to the story.
OUT-FIT was founded on the mission of encouraging athletes to achieve extraordinary physical goals while maintaining mental health and promoting social equality. The OUT-FIT athletic line that includes our AIM HIGH | BE PROUD™ t-shirts and hats continues to embody this principle. By sharing our message with multi-city WODs and online communities, we continue to advance our movement across the globe.
When we started on this journey, same-sex marriage was not yet the law of the land in the United States. While we have made strides towards progress, it is still legal for LGBTQ people to be discriminated against in housing and employment in twenty-seven states. If you live in one of these states it will not be news to you there is still a lot of work to do. If you don’t live in one of these states this is your reminder that the fight for equality is far from finished.
The landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, Obergefell v. Hodges, showed us how civil rights could be advanced by the increased visible presence of LGBTQ individuals. The shift in public support in favor of same-sex marriages happened in a short time period. In 2007 only one state allowed same-sex marriages, and one month before the SCOTUS ruling, 60% of Americans supported them. We believe that the change in public opinion may have had an impact on the progressive ruling.
The increasing number of people coming out of the closet contributed to this shift in public opinion. Remember that you are many things. You are a neighbor, co-worker, friend, or child. When you are sharing this part of yourself with others you turn the abstract into something tangible. We should not underestimate the power and impact this has. For the general public being against an idea is one thing, but being against the person they have been friends with for years changes things—it makes it real. Once people realize how inequalities affect people they know personally, their views can quickly evolve. This helped get the LGBTQ community get to where we are today, and we are working toward guaranteeing a full spectrum of civil rights through the continued visibility of LGBTQ individuals.
OUT-FIT continues to empower athletes to stay fit while being out and proud.
The OUT-FIT athletic line includes our AIM HIGH | BE PROUD™ t-shirts and hats
A lot of research is put in before a new item makes it to market. Before we select a style and manufacture for any new item we test them first. This involves getting sample pieces and working out in and washing them numerous times to ensure they look, fit and wash to our expectations. It's a slow process, but it allows us to be confident in the product you are buying.
Our shirts are great for working out in but are also so comfortable you will find yourself wearing them casually as well! Save yourself the time and pick up a few different kinds.
Our OUT-FIT | Proud™ WODs
Why are our WODs important?
Think about how it was or might have been for you growing up gay. For many gay youths, their families, religion and local communities instilled shame in them. It takes time to undo years of repression, which cannot happen overnight. This is why LGBTQ collective fitness in the form of a WOD (“Workout of the Day”) is important. This type of activity restores pride and positive mental attitudes in individuals.
The WOD allows members to meet fellow members and guests that self-identify the same way. It creates a space where they can be more comfortable to be out and proud. The more comfortable they are in this space, the more comfortable they will feel in other, sometimes less friendly, settings in their lives. This positive effect adds value to people’s lives both inside and outside of the gym.
Our WODs are programmed to be All Levels. What the means is that it can easily be scaled up for the more experienced athlete or scaled down for the newer athlete. We are rooted in CrossFit, which means that some CrossFit Experience is required to attend - though all are welcome to come and cheer on the athletes.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. Here you can learn more about our founder.
Want to know more? Reach out to us: Hello@out-fit.org