breaking body biases

“I never thought I could be a fitness professional because my body wasn’t ‘perfect’ enough.”

This personal experience, and others like it, came through the participant comments at canfitpro’s recent Online FitPro event. The session was Breaking Body Biases to Empower Inclusive Fitness in support of canfitpro’s ongoing commitment to body diversity and weight neutral fitness education.

Because the session was incredibly collaborative between both panelists and attendees alike, we wanted to share the resources and takeaways discussed – so that you can benefit even if you weren’t with us at the event.

This resource list will help unpack how body weight bias influences the fitness industry. You’ll learn top strategies on how to coach clients with a body-positive or body-neutral approach to fitness, connecting them to more meaningful and realistic goals than weight loss.

As leaders in the fitness community, we can work together to eliminate toxic fitness and diet culture. Join us in celebrating and supporting body diversity!


Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison 

Big Fit Girl by Louise Green 

Body Kindness by Rebecca Scritchfield 

Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore our Radical Anatomy edited by Kelly Jensen 

Body Positive Power by Meghan Jayne Crabbe 

Body Respect: What Conventional Health Books Get Wrong, Leave Out, and Just Plain Fail to Understand about Weight by Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor 

Embrace Yourself by Taryn Brumfitt 

Fearing the Black Body by Sabrina Strings 

Fitness for Everyone by Louise Green 

Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about your Weight by Linda Bacon 

Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere by Kate Harding and Marianne Kirby 

Loving What Is by Byron Katie 

Overcoming Bias by Tiffany Jana & Matthew Freeman 

Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach 

Radical Belonging by Lindo Bacon 

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf 

The Body Is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor 

The Elephant in the Gym by Gillian Goerzen 

The F*ck it Diet by Caroline Dooner  

The Joy of Movement by Kelly McGonigal 

The Perfection Detox by Petra Kolber 

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer 

The Way Of Rest: Finding The Courage To Hold Everything In Love by Jeff Foster 

Train Happy by Tally Rye 

Strong Women Lift Each Other Up by Molly Galbraith 

Yoga for Everyone by Dianne Bondy 


Embrace feat. Taryn Brumfitt

Killing Us Softly feat. Jean Kilbourne

Miss Representation


Breaking Body Biases with Christine DeFilippis

Food Psych with Christy Harrison

Break the Diet Cycle with Dalina Soto and Melissa Landry

Eat the Rules with Summer Innanen

Train Happy Podcast with Tally Rye

Hearing Our Own Voice with Melissa Toler

Nourishing Women Podcast with Victoria Myers

Body Kindness with Rebecca Scritchfield

The Petra Podcast with Petra Kolber


Christine DeFilippis  

Samantha Montpetit-Huynh   

Tiffany Moffatt  

Paul Galloro  

Beth Yarzab  

Ruby Smith Diaz  

Chrissy King   

Pink Studio 

Laura Ghiacy  

Evelyn Tribole 

Elyse Resch  

Katrina Pilkington 

Fitness 4 All Bodies 

Lindo Bacon 

Dr. Colleen Reichman  

Decolonizing Fitness  

Emily Decker Fitness  

Diets Don’t Work  

The Self Care Sisterhood  

Jess Campbell  

Vincci Tsui  

Braving Body Shame  

Dianne Bondy  

Blair Imani  

Kelsey Ellis  


Beth Yarzab is an advocate of inclusive fitness in her roles as a canfitpro Certification Developer, PRO TRAINER, and Advisory Panel Member as well as in her own online fitness community, Vitality Practice. 


Christine DeFilippis hosted the Breaking Body Biases to Empower Inclusive Fitness panel at canfitpro 2021 Online: FitProAfter close to 30 years in the fitness industry, struggling with eating disorders, weight cycling, body dysmorphia and a lot of unhappiness, Christine shifted her focus to joyful movement and created the Breaking Body Biases podcast to amplify voices of fitness professionals, dietitians, and wellness practitioners looking to destroy diet culture. 


Paul Galloro’s approach to health and wellness goes beyond the physical, and is grounded in spirit. With 15 years experience in the health and wellness industry and over 20 years studying metaphysics, he blends modern sciences with ancient practices to help his students, patients and clients optimize their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Paul is part of the canfitpro 2021 Advisory Panel. 


Samantha Montpetit-Huynh is a personal trainer and fitness speaker, teacher, course creator and author. For almost 20 years, Samantha has been helping women and mothers feel amazing through all stages of life, from pregnancy, postpartum, menopause and beyond. Samantha is part of the canfitpro 2021 Advisory Panel. 


Tiffany Moffatt is canfitpro FIS PRO TRAINER, a fitness instructor, author, and founder of JoyBody Fitness.