Pull For Pride Athlete David Holland: "Encourage everyone. Introduce yourself. Welcome people in."
Name: David Holland
Pull for Pride location: Atlanta
Favorite song to listen to while training: <silence>
Favorite post-training meal: Hamburger and French fries
How do you identify? Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m a gay man and a physician who specializes in infectious diseases and public health. My main work is Chief of Communicable Diseases for Fulton County (Atlanta), Georgia.
I’m also a recovered meth addict, and powerlifting is one of the ways I try to make myself a stronger, better man every day. It has also given me an opportunity to give back to the community by helping novice lifters get introduced to the sport. I helped form the Fantastic Beasts LGBT Powerlifting Club aimed at helping individuals who may be intimidated by lifting get started with the sport.
What does Pull for Pride mean to you and what's motivating you to participate?
Powerlifting is necessarily unrelated to body aesthetics, and Pull for Pride extends this concept to gender inclusivity.
When did you begin barbell training and what inspired you to start?
What do you find fulfilling about training?
What do you find challenging?
What message or advice do you have for folks who might want to start strength training but aren't sure how or where to begin?
If you are trans and/or queer, do you have any words of encouragement or insights for other trans and queer folks for navigating gym environments and approaching training?
Do you have any advice or encouragements for cisgender and straight allies who want to help make the gym a more welcoming space for trans and queer folks?
Do you have a strength role model(s) in your life (this could be strength training or strength in other ways)?