From our beginnings in 2005, Rainier Health & Fitness has dedicated ourselves to making fitness accessible to EVERYbody in our community. Back when we were located in the modular (now the RHF CrossFit building), twice a week we closed the entire gym for Ladies Night so that women could work out comfortably in an non-intimidating environment. Somali women in our neighborhood particularly enjoyed exercising in a women-only environment; due to religious convictions, many would not have otherwise had access to a fitness center.
RHF continues to feature Ladies Night in our secluded classroom twice a week where we cover our windows with thick shades. As our neighborhood has changed, however, we've sought creative ways to ensure those with limited fitness opportunities--the people we originally established RHF for--continue to have access to high-quality fitness programs. This is why we formed a partnership with Aisha Dahir from Global to Local, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing health equity in our communities. In 2017, we began sending female trainers to lead fitness classes at the Tukwila Community Center twice a week for Somali women. We later added teaching fitness classes to Latina women twice a week as well.
As Aisha explains, "For a woman from my community to come and work out, you have to develop a program that is culturally relevant to them."
RHF helps provide such a program under Aisha's guidance that's safe and relaxed for women.