Body Respect and The Middle Ground Manifesto

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Are you familiar with the term Body Respect? What about Health At Every Size?

Both are great books by Dr. Linda Bacon that I highly suggest you check out.

While you wait for them to arrive from Amazon or before you go check them out from your local library, find out a little about what they mean and how they fit perfectly with my fitness philosophy, The Middle Ground Manifesto.

The Middle Ground Manifesto has three parts:

  • There is a middle ground.
  • There is enough to go around.
  • There is a time and a place for everything.

None of the parts have anything to do with the number on the scale but everything to do with making peace with your body.

Not your average personal trainer

Maybe you know me from my personal training company, Thrive Personal Fitness, and the blog of the same name.

Maybe you’ve never heard of me before, despite my ten years of experience as a personal trainer and health coach.

I refer to myself as “not your average personal trainer” because of the mixed bag of identities and experiences that have shaped my personal journey and my fitness philosophy. It’s a journey of growing up with without privilege (poor, Latina and fat), gaining privilege (getting a college education, becoming firmly middle class and living in a thin body) and losing privilege (turning 40 and going on a gender journey).
I may have lost my voice for a while but baby I’m back and ready to speak my truth!

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Welcome to Fit In 417!

Welcome to the Modern Girls Network redefining fitness in 417-land and beyond.

My name is Pamela Hernandez. You may know me from my Springfield MO-based personal training business, Thrive Personal Fitness, and the blog of the same name. I’m on a new mission: to change the conversation about fitness beyond shape or size.

I want to celebrate food freedom, body respect, body diversity and the women wellness practitioners in Springfield, MO who are leading the revolution. If you want to join me in shifting the paradigm, stay tuned to this space for the launch of the Fit in 417 podcast.

Not sure what body respect means? Does food freedom sound like an oxymoron? Then I want you to join me in a new way of thinking about fitness and health. Subscribe now and send me your questions for future episodes.

If you are a female wellness practitioner looking to join the tribe, email me at for more information about the Thrive Together business support group.

Until next time…live, love, thrive.