Transfit is a gym in Bangkok, Thailand, that has an all trans men work crew, one of the few in the world.
Its owner, 27-year-old Jyb, is a transgender male model and fitness instructor who hopes to share his training knowledge with others.
‘I opened the gym because I wanted to help tomboys and trans men to have nice bodies,’ Jyb, whose full name is Phanyapad Maha-Udomporn, told Mashable.
In Thailand, ‘tomboys’ — more commonly known as ‘toms’ — are people who are assigned female at birth but dress up in a more masculine fashion and usually date women.
‘A tom is a woman who dresses like a guy, cuts her hair like a guy and goes out with girls,’ Jyb says.
Many toms bind their chests to give a flat appearance. Most also prefer the ‘he’ pronoun. However, only some toms identify as men while many don’t.
Jyb revealed to PRI that some trans men and butch women had ‘felt awkward being stared at’ in mixed gender gyms. That’s why he set up Transfit in 2015, which carries the slogan: ‘Not Only Men Gain Muscles.’