#SweatForACause with Alex Ray
On September 15th, our friend Coach Alex Ray of Brave Fitness hosted a “Live OUT Loud” event in Annapolis, MD. We caught up with Alex recently and asked him to fill us in on how things went.
Why did you join Live OUT Loud?
Alex: I joined Live OUT Loud because I wanted to make an impact on the LGBTQ+ community and for the community. I love helping people through their health and wellness, and have been building my personal training business online for a year and a half now. I have always wanted to help the LGBTQ+ community, but didn't think I was ready or big enough yet to do anything significant. The OUT Foundation provided the backbone I needed to be able to run an event that not only raised money for our community, but also provided an opportunity to educate and grow connections with allies.
Would you encourage other trainers to do a Live OUT Loud event?
Alex: I would encourage any trainer to host a Live OUT Loud event because you'll get back ten fold what you put into it. Yeah, it is a lot of work throwing any kind of event, but the work you put in will affect the lives of many, many more people. It is worth every hour spent!
What was the best part of hosting the event?
Alex: My favorite moments from the event were right before the workout and right after the workout. Before we started, we talked about the importance of self-love, and self-care through fitness is just that. Afterwards, I got to share my journey and the significance of having so many supportive allies there, including my family. The impact of the event was far greater than I would have imagined. And I know it will continue to grow with each Live OUT Loud event.
What was the impact of the event?
Alex: We had about 30 people register and participate in the work out and we were able to raise about $2,000 to support The OUT Foundation. Everyone had so much fun! And they sure did Sweat For A Cause!
About The OUT Foundation
The OUT Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing the LGBTQ+ community the tools to thrive thru health and wellness.
What is Live OUT Loud?
The OUT Foundation's year-long fundraising campaign, Live OUT Loud, is a celebration of you, the LGBTQ community and its allies. We celebrate those who drive and inspire us. Together, we sweat, we move, we work and sweat for our cause.
Learn more here on our site or follow us on Instagram (@theoutfdn), #liveoutloud, #sweatforacause.
Interested in getting involved? Click here to learn more about Live OUT Loud.