Sliding Scale Program

At Strive & Uplift, we are committed to making sure that all people, regardless of their means, can be a part of our community! This means removing barriers like cost together so everyone can easily and sustainably access our services and resources. At the same time, we want to ensure our coaches are properly compensated for their labor and can have a good quality of life. That’s why we use a sliding scale – to remove barriers and care for each other!

We offer a sliding scale membership so you can set the right monthly recurring cost according to your use of our services and access to resources. Everyone deserves access to high-quality movement education and support, and this method of individually setting membership rates allows us to use wealth redistribution to provide access to everyone!

If you’re ready to set your rate, you can jump down to determine what to pay. Otherwise, read on to learn more about sliding scales, the value of membership, and how to set your rate!

How sliding scales work

  • People with more access to money, family wealth, and overall financial stability pay more for the same services than those who are less financially secure. That way, everyone pays closer to a similar percentage of their expendable income for our services. While the world still runs on money, this is the best way to ensure our coaches can continue providing awesome instruction and support to everyone!
  • As you decide whether you should pay more, less, or the same amount as our starting rates, you’ll consider the following:
    • Your household income
    • Your access to family assets & wealth, or assistance you provide to your family
    • Your debt to income ratio
    • The relative costs of meeting your basic needs (e.g. do you need to spend more than others on healthcare?)

How we use resources

We spend our time and money as a business on values-centered projects and member support! Your membership goes to:

  • Standard costs of doing business like insurance, bookkeeping, and client management software 
  • Connecting with our community through our website, mailing lists, and social media channels
  • Web accessibility improvements by video captioning and website design
  • Coach development to improve instruction and create a welcoming atmosphere for all bodies!

Determining what to pay

You can use this chart to help decide what the right membership is for you. Everyone’s financial situation is informed by the interactions between income, wealth, debt, and varying costs of basic living expenses. Consider where you fall in each of the categories presented to determine your overall financial position.

This chart is presented solely as a guide to help you decide the membership rate that’s best for you. It’s impossible to capture everything, which means you may have specific circumstances that aren’t reflected here. Ultimately, the choice is yours — we’re trying to lower barriers, not put more in your way!

BottomLowMediumHighTop
Income– Unemployment without UI or disability
– Employed marginally or in a criminalized sector (not by choice)
– Unemployed with UI or disability
– Underemployed compared to cost of living
Stably employed at around the median income, with ability to cover unpredicted expensesStably employed above the median income, consistently have disposable incomeStably employed well above the median income, consistently have plenty of disposable income
Family of Origin Assets / Wealth– Family has no assets or debt is more than assets
– No access to family
– Family relies on me for help with basic living expenses
– Family has some assets
– I sometimes help my family of origin or chosen family with basic living expenses
Family has assets, like a house they are paying off– Family has many assets, like a paid-off house
– I will inherit a house and/or a small amount of money
– Family has many assets, like investments
– I have or will inherit wealth
– Someone else paid/pays my housing or down payment
Debt:Income RatioMy debt is from basic living expenses such as food, rent, utilities, healthcare, childcareMy debt, including student loans or car loans, are more than my yearly incomeMy debt, including student loans or car loans, is about the same amount as my yearly incomeLess debt than yearly incomeNo debt
Recommended Rate$55/mo$85/mo$115/mo$145/mo$175/mo
What to pay sliding scale table organized by five levels of economic status and categories including income, family assets and wealth, debt to income ratio, and recommended rate.
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How to set up your membership

  • Do you Strive & Uplift? Check out our philosophy to make sure we are a good fit for you! 
  • We recommend using the free trial week to get a better feel for what parts of our membership work for you.
  • Create a client account so we can get you set up (if you don’t already have one in our Pike13 system).
  • Fill out and submit the questionnaire below.
  • Watch for your confirmation email! Please allow for up to 24 hours for us to set everything up.