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NBSV 077: Coach Ren Jones on race, equality, and inclusiveness in the fitness industry

Vegan coach Ren Jones

Ren is a certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, and nutrition coach. We discuss whether fitness professionals should speak about race issues, what fitness professionals (and others) can do as allies, and zooming out a bit, what should happen within the fitness industry to make it more inclusive?

Here’s our discussion:

Important topics and points you don't want to miss:

>> Should fitness professionals speak about race issues? (Spoiler: YES. Wellness includes psychological wellbeing, so fitness professionals can’t help folks with their fitness while remaining silent on issues of racism.)

>> Representation (or lack thereof) of ethnic minorities in the fitness industry.

>> Ren says, “If you went to high school with any Black people between 1985 and 1995, you probably went to school with the first Black person in their family that had all their rights and privileges intact everywhere in the United States when they were born.”

Mentioned in the episode:

>> Ren's previous interviews on the podcast: NBSV 045: Ren Jones on guilt associated with self care, 4 gates of health, and B.S. on scale weight and NBSV 063: Ren Jones on coaching, B.S. in the fitness and diet industries, & small but mighty habits.

Further reading:

>> Everyday racism in the fitness world and beyond (by Girls Gone Strong)

>> The fitness industry is overwhelmingly white – and that needs to change (Metro UK)

>> Inequality is a public health issue (

Connect with Ren:

>> Ren's website

>> Ren on Facebook

>> Ren on Instagram


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