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Breaking Free from Toxic Fitness Culture

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In this episode of the EZ Conversations podcast, guest Katie Bramlett, co-founder of WeShape, discusses the transformative journey from a traditional body transformation company to creating a fitness app that focuses on movement rather than conventional weight loss metrics.

Bramlett shares insights on the harmful effects of a toxic diet culture and the importance of self-love and acceptance over physical appearance. The dialogue delves into WeShape’s unique aspects, including its approach to exercise that prioritizes biomechanics and sustainability and its four-pillar strategy encompassing movement, beliefs, community, and intention to foster a healthier relationship with one’s body and mind.

The episode also addresses the impact of societal pressures, the importance of connecting with one’s inner self, and the role of community in supporting personal growth and psychological health. Bramlett extends an offer for a free trial to WeShape, inviting listeners to explore a new dimension of fitness that champions holistic wellness over superficial achievements.

Katie Bramlett is the CEO and Co-Founder of WeShape and Host of The Feeling Lighter Podcast by WeShape. With a background in Developmental Psychology and excellent skills in Infrastructure and Operations, Katie concentrates on the goal that you should strive to feel better in and about your body, not focusing on how to change your body. With over twenty years of experience, Katie is passionate about social change and is leading WeShape’s brand mission of bringing awareness to the toxic weight-loss culture. Her entire company and product are rooted in intention, movement, community, and beliefs. She aims to help people bring self-love and emotional intelligence to fitness and to create self-awareness through meaningful conversations.


04:55 Welcome to EZ Conversations: Meet Katie Bramlett

05:18 Introducing WeShape: A New Fitness Philosophy

06:19 The Journey from Weight Loss to Well-being

08:03 Challenging the Fitness Industry Standards

10:01 The Impact of Social Media on Body Image and Mental Health

12:02 Finding Fulfillment Beyond Material Success

14:48 The Process of Detachment and Inner Growth

20:33 WeShape’s Four Pillar Approach to Fitness

21:52 Customizing Fitness for Every Body

22:59 The Philosophy Behind Our Approach

23:28 Redefining Workout Goals and Progression

24:18 The Importance of Intention in Exercise

31:03 Community and Connection: Beyond the Physical

37:24 Challenging and Changing Beliefs for Better Health

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Furkhan Dandia Therapist and Coach

I am a men's coach, therapist, group facilitator, podcaster and author. My journey began five years ago when I was going through a separation. I found myself alone and in a shame spiral that our culture and society covertly exert on people due to the perceived "failure" of a marriage. Unfortunately, I personalized that message which led me to fall deeper into a hole, causing me to surround myself with people that did not serve me and engage in substance abuse. While seeking therapy, I was not making the wholesale changes I needed.

As part of my experience with therapy, I realized that I am not alone in the challenges men my age experience (I separated at the age of 34/35). I realized I could be a voice for men like myself and offer support in this space. In the middle of the pandemic, I applied for a Master's degree in Psychology to become a therapist. This change was a significant shift for me as I worked in the corporate world as an engineer. Once I leaned into the space of supporting other men, I also started a podcast to normalize these difficult conversations and started a men's group a year later with the support of a friend.

I thought I was giving something back when I started the men's group. However, I quickly realized I was getting substantially more from the connections I built than I initially anticipated. It was also something I needed because I was going through another breakup.

At that point, I also realized that I had not taken the time to heal, and I was outsourcing my healing through romantic relationships, substances, material acquisitions and superficial relationships. I decided to step away from the outgoing lifestyle and started to focus on my healing which was another phase of evolution for me on my journey. Over the last year and a half, I have become mindful of the people I spend my time with. I have cleaned my lifestyle of substances, toxic environments and behaviours. I have focused on my sleep, my health and my knowledge. I have improved my spiritual relationship with myself, which was lacking the most over the past five years. This is the best I have felt.

As part of my solitude journey and to find myself again, I also released a book encapsulating my journey, which I hope to share with others. My book is titled: The Pursuit of Self-Love.

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