Pull For Pride Athlete Ivoire Foreman: "Keep your head up. You belong."

Name: Ivoire Foreman 

Age: 36

Pronouns: They/Them

Pull for Pride location: Brooklyn, NY

Favorite song to listen to while training: Juicy Notorious BIG

Favorite post-training meal: Chicken wings, sweet potato, and adult spinach 

Instagram: @ifimanifest 

How do you identify? Tell us a little about yourself:

I identify as F to Awesome.

I am a queer artist of color stomping under the trans umbrella. I work and live in Brooklyn, New York and hold an MFA from School of Visual Arts. I am a builder, sculptor, a manipulator of mediums.

What does Pull for Pride mean to you and what's motivating you to participate?

I ran away from home at 17. I was never “homeless” purely because I was incredibly fortunate and lucky. However, I can truly say that I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for the aid and support of Queer Youth programs.

Pull for Pride for me is an opportunity to say and show my profound thanks.

When did you begin barbell training?

I started barbell training in January 2018.

What do you find fulfilling about training?

I love seeing the changes in my body, astonishing myself at what I can do if I stay consistent and keep at it.

For example the first time I attempted 120kilos (264 pounds) I almost peed myself it was so much. I thought, “Ok I guess this is my max,” but two weeks later… !

Oh it is so much more!

What do you find challenging?

Gym culture and consistency. My couch can be very alluring at 7am as I am trying to leave or after a long day of work.

Getting TO the gym can be a struggle sometimes.

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?

Be efficient in your movements and energy spent and make your practice as sustainable for your life as possible. Then amaze yourself!

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?

Keep your head up. You belong.

You are stronger then all them Cis(sys) and it has nothing to do with how much you can lift.

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?

Give us the space to fail to learn to grow.

Respect our pronouns.

Save your apologies and push each other to do and be better.

Do you have a strength role model(s) in your life (this could be strength training or strength in other ways)?

My Trainer Davi Cohen….Dynamite comes in small packages and Ray Williams…..LIFE/LIFT GOALS.

 

Anything else you want to add?

I am so thrilled that through this wonderful fundraiser I found a sport that makes my heart shine!