It is Darkside’s second anniversary this month and it’s been an absolutely brilliant year. In April we signed the contract to our brand new premises, trained new coaches, expanded our timetable and we now have 35 ladies competing at the next divisional powerlifting competition in November!
The majority of the women who train here were beginners when they first stepped through the doors. Bored with commercial gyms, intimidated by testosterone-filled weights areas and bombarded with weight loss adverts and programmes they sought a safe space where they could learn to lift and appreciated their bodies.
Early in our development, we knew that we wanted to be almost the antithesis of the standard gym model. No mirrors, no dance music, no emphasis on the ‘bikini model’ look and no endless rows of weight and cardio machines. We purposely avoid any sense of elitism or cliques and everyone is equal – lift 10kg or 100kg and all are worthy of the same attention, respect and support.
Darkside is just 2 years old and we are a growing community. A group of amazing women who challenge societal values and achieve successes that they never thought possible. Together, we are creating a culture of female empowerment and all women are welcome here.
The coffee and cake is good too ;).