About AMple Movement
A weight neutral, non diet place for movement and living in the body you have right now. Let's change our society and make everyone feel worthy no matter their body type. Our aim is to be inclusive of folx that don't see their body types represented in the movement world. We are here to make a brave space to hike, do yoga, bike, swim, kayak and any other adventures we can dream up. All genders, Black, Indigenous, People of color, LGBTQ+ folx and plus size folx can find support here. Everyone is welcome to join our adventures and yoga classes. Find the movement that brings you joy!
ABOUT founder, ANDREA DIMAIO
Andrea(she/her) identifies as a fat, white, ciswoman. In 2015 an accident began a slow transition into the way she saw her own body and others in marginalized bodies. In 2017 she started Ample Movement as a hiking group for people who didn't see themselves in other hiking groups. She has expanded that into other forms of movement as well as getting her yoga teacher certification so that she can offer yoga to these same marginalized communities. She now considers herself an adventure seeker, a social justice warrior, a Black Lives Matter ally, an ally to transfolx and a fat activist. Her desire is to learn from these people so she can do better.
In March 2019 Andrea hiked Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa with the Curvy Kili Crew (CKC) and WHOA Travel. The CKC is a group of 20 plus size women who attempted to summit Mount Kilimanjaro on International Women's Day. Doing that trek really changed her life and she even more recognized the need for community and the representation of fat folx doing adventure travel. Because of this trip, WHOA Travel decided to start WHOA+ and Andrea has been hired to be a GAL (group adventure leader) for these plus sized trips. She went to Peru to hike the Salkantay Trail with WHOA+ in July of 2019. She will be returning to Peru in July of 2020 to lead another group of plus size women along the incredibly beautiful Salkantay trail.
The purpose of Ample Movement is to provide a place of inclusivity and to try and diversify the outdoors. I know you might say, "everyone is welcome in the outdoors", and I agree that the woods, mountains and trails do not discriminate. However, there is a certain type of identity that is seen more often in the outdoors and we want to diversify! Although absolutely everyone is welcome on hour hikes and adventures, we want to make this a safe space where people in larger bodies, Black, Indigenous, People of color and our LGBTQ+ members feel not only welcome but invited, included and at home. If you are all about this movement of inclusivity, join us!