This week on Here After with Megan Devine:
The Full Experience: fitness, love, death & community with Supernatural coach, Leanne Pedante
Have you ever wanted to just SMASH things? Leanne Pedante and her husband Miles’ relationship was built on bravery and communication – they worked so hard to reach the next step together, excited to explore the edges of possibility in love and in life. On his way back to see Leanne after several months away, Miles’ car veered off the road, and he was killed.
In the just under two years since, Leanne has continued to grow the virtual reality fitness community, Supernatural. As a late-comer to fitness, Leanne is no stranger to using movement as a way to process and express pain. In today’s show, we discuss the ways grief has upended her life, and the ways that both movement and community have kept her alive – willing, at least most days, to lean into the full experience of life.
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In this episode we cover:
- Punk-style relationships: how Leanne and Miles created a marriage that suited them
- What one friend told Leanne, and how those words kept her tethered to the world
- Why grief-informed fitness should really be a thing
- The weird world of encouraging others to do things you’re not comfortable doing yourself
About our guest:
Leanne Pedante is a trainer and trauma + resiliency coach, whose work focuses on connecting people to their bodies and to their full potential. She works as both coach and the Head of Fitness for Supernatural, the VR fitness platform. Her own workouts let her celebrate her physical and mental strength and she wants to show others how to access the pride and power within joyful movement. Her husband, Miles, died in a car accident in 2021.
Follow her on Instagram at @leannepedante
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The physicality of grief is something we’re not prepared for. Check out our whole series of Perfectly Normal Grief to learn what else to expect.
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