Riverdale’s ‘Female Fight Club’ focuses on empowering women through fitness

A woman opened a fitness center in the Bronx to promote female empowerment through fitness.

Johanna Edmondson began her female empowerment fitness journey with four women at Van Cortlandt Park two years ago. Since then, it has become the Female Fight Club’s gymnasium in Riverdale.

“We call it a battleground for a reason. You come here and let it all out, release your stress in a community filled with women, empowered by women,” says Edmondson. “The mission was…to reach more women and say that fitness is self-love.”

Edmondson says women are lining up outside to take part in all the fitness classes on offer, including yoga, Pilates, barre, step and more.

“I know we wear a lot of hats. At the end of the day, we give each other 10%, just for us. That is, read a book, brush your teeth, take a bath and go to bed. That’s why I needed to open up a space like this, because that’s what was happening in my life,” Edmondson says.

In the establishment there is something for women of all ages, including the elderly.

When you come to the fight club and walk through the doors, Edmondson wants you to release everything and have the strength to fight another day.

“Our slogan is: ‘Why are you fighting?’ Edmondson said. “There is a reason why you fight. Either way, bring it to Fight Club and we’ll fight with you.”

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