How Weight Lifting is Educating Gym Owners, Coaches to Help Clients Heal from Trauma

December 5, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Clayton Scelzi @cscelzi

We have all heard anecdotal stories about CrossFit and weightlifting, and how getting strong has the power to help people heal from trauma.

Mariah Rooney, too, has heard these stories, and has found a way to take this healing to an entirely new level. 

Rooney, a professor in a graduate social work program and long-time trauma therapist, co-founded Trauma Informed Weight Lifting (TIWL) six years ago and is using their non-profit program to educate coaches and gym owners about trauma, so they can help their clients even more than just giving them a place to become strong.

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