We had the good fortune of connecting with Elliot Musgrave and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elliot, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think about risk as a necessary endeavor for folks who bring change the world. Taking a risk is very scary, but development does not live with comfort. Every deeply impactful experience in my live has been brought about by a risky decision. The playbook that was supposed to bring about fulfillment never worked for me. When I put the book down I was able to see MY path, and to bring about the life I imagined for myself. Beating my own path has not been easy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In my training practice I aim to dismantle toxic fitness culture, and help heal the harm it has caused individuals. Developing into the practitioner I am today has been a years long process, and I credit much of what I have been able to build to my client’s willingness to share their vulnerabilities with me. I have spent countless hours in trainings, certification courses, and workshops as the only Trans person in the room, so I could bring knowledge and practice back to my community. The mainstream culture and fitness industry does not understand our bodies or experiences, this makes it imperative that we be represented as leaders in fitness and wellness spaces.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
One of the things that I love so much about my city, is that I can reinvest almost all of my money back into my community. The Queer economy in Los Angeles is beautiful, and I hope that post-pandemic it still thrives. First off, I’d curate spa day by taking them for a fun work out and sauna session at Everybody Los Angeles (@everybodylosangeles), followed by a deep tissue massage with Silver Lake legend Ron Athey (@ronathey). Because I’m an old guy at heart, I prefer to indulge in “night life” during the day, so we’d hit up a classic leather bar Sunday beer bust at Eagle LA (@eagle_la). We’d then walk over to Sunset Blvd. for Day Goth (@day_goth) at Akbar (@akbarsilverlake), where Bradford Nordeen (@foxandhisfriends) and Miss Kim (@_kimberly_kim_) spin your favorite dark tunes on vinyl in the light of day. Capping off our Queer Silver Lake adventure we would dinner right next door to Akbar at The Kitchen (@thekitchen.silverlake)…and I’d definitely tell by friend to hit them up for brunch, because the baguette French toast is to DIE for. The final three places that I would make sure my friend sees are The Plant Provocateur (@tpprovocateur), Folklore Salon & Barber (@folkloresalonbarber), and Luxe De Ville (@luxe_de_ville). There is so much Queer culture in Los Angeles, these are just a few of my favorite spots East of the river.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The biggest of shoutouts goes to my spouse Pony. They are the one who gave me the courage and inspiration to trust my vision. They continue to remind me that I am capable and worthy when I doubt myself. I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Everybody Los Angeles, where I base by business. Having such a beautiful physical space, that is in alignment with my personal values has been a huge blessing; a large part of my success is because of the culture they foster in our city.

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