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‘Plus-Size Friendly’ Gym Bans Skinny People
Time ^ | June 21, 2012 | MELISSA LOCKER

Posted on 06/21/2012 3:51:06 PM PDT by kingattax

A Canadian gym has banned slim gym rats -- and it's not the only one to do so.

As anybody with a gym ID mouldering in their wallet, purse or glove compartment can tell you, there are a lot of obstacles to going to the gym regularly. There’s just not enough time in the day. Gyms are just too expensive.

There’s that Real Housewives marathon on Bravo. And then there’s one of the hardest reasons to admit: what if your gym just has too many skinny, healthy people in it?

For some gymgoers, a plethora of thin, peppy gym rats can prove to be too big of an obstacle to overcome. That’s why Body Exchange, a Vancouver-based gym, has made a bold business move and banned skinny people from their establishments in the hopes of fostering a friendly work-out environment for a primarily plus-size clientele.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsfeed.time.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: diet; gym; health; wellness

1 posted on 06/21/2012 3:51:09 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

whole lotta shakin goin on


2 posted on 06/21/2012 3:54:10 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: kingattax

Many overweight people are highly self-conscious about exercising. They think that everybody will spend their workout time chuckling at the fatty trying to get fit.

The truth is that most people, who are working out are too busy to think about anything else other than their own workout and diet and stuff.

In fact, healthy people are usually glad to see an unfit person trying to make positive changes in their life and will help if they can.


3 posted on 06/21/2012 3:58:12 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: kingattax

The free market is a wonderful thing.


4 posted on 06/21/2012 3:59:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: kingattax

Wonder what happens when they lose the weight? Kick ‘em out or just keep ‘em plump enough to qualify for membership and their money?


5 posted on 06/21/2012 3:59:47 PM PDT by ebersole
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"It's MY Gym !"
6 posted on 06/21/2012 4:04:28 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: kingattax

To each his/her own... This is not a club I’d want to patronize.

Tooting my own horn here, I’ve gone from 125 kg down to 106 kg in the last eight months at my club and a big part of my motivation is seeing people my age who are a lot healthier than I am, pounding the treadmills, humping the weights and doing stuff I couldn’t dream of doing a year ago.

The fact that there is quite a few nice looking young ladies in spandex doesn’t hurt either.

Go to a gym where everyone is flopping fat around? Yeeech! No thanks!


7 posted on 06/21/2012 4:07:46 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Ronin

Gee!What gym do you go to?MKost gyms I’ve gone to have a dress code and they won’t allow woman to wear spandex outfits unfortunatly for me.

Your right though the eye-candy would make it more than worthwhile for me to go to the gym.Maybe that’s what the gyms should do is encourage more young lasses to dress in spandex to encourage us old guys to get on the health bandwagon.


8 posted on 06/21/2012 4:14:50 PM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Jonty30
The truth is that most people, who are working out are too busy to think about anything else other than their own workout and diet and stuff.

Or just a passing glance and thought
9 posted on 06/21/2012 4:15:26 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Ronin

Very nice. Congratulations.


10 posted on 06/21/2012 4:19:24 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: puppypusher

LOL, it’s called NAS and it’s in Kichijoji, Tokyo. Only a few of the gals wear the spandex... but it’s enough... it’s enough...

Get’s my heart pumping before I get anywhere near the machines, I can tell you that!


11 posted on 06/21/2012 4:19:42 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: svcw

Thanks. Doc says I have 10 kg more to go, but no rush. He’s happy with my progress to date.


12 posted on 06/21/2012 4:20:41 PM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes, yes it is. I used to be a personal trainer, and I have helped people to lose a lot of weight. A few of the people I trained really liked that I didn’t care how fat they were (My dad is a very large man, his dad more so, so I didn’t frown on large people as many do, to me they were like family).

Around these parts, there’s gyms for the elderly, gyms for the bodybuilders, gyms for the college students, gyms for women, and now, a gym that is for the “average person.” They don’t allow grunting, don’t allow equipment hogging, don’t offer really high weight (fixed) dumbells and barbells, and label themselves as the “Judgement Free Zone.”

I find it a brilliant business move, as every first Monday they order hundreds of dollars worth of gourmet pizza (about $1,000-$1,200 worth if they paid full price, but they get a steep discount), and feed everyone. Every Tuesday morning they have “Einstein Bros. Bagels” for those that missed the pizza. This isn’t your average take out pizza, either, it’s really, really good and fatty, lol, and about $20-25 a piece.

I really, really like the way that gym works (I was formerly a member), and the atmosphere. Even though I’ve never had what most people would qualify as a “weight problem” (I have never, at my largest, been more than a few pounds out of my ideal weight limit) I still enjoyed my personal exercise there over other gyms at which I have had memberships (many).

Back home (Vegas), I used to go to the gym at 1AM to get away from all the blowhards that would often hog the equipment for hours as they flexed in the mirrors. Good on this gym, and those like it.


13 posted on 06/21/2012 4:20:58 PM PDT by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/ AND "The fat, spoiled, complacent kid is going on a diet." -Unkus)
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To: kingattax
I swear to God I cannot believe how many outrageously fat people there are how satisfied they seem to be with themselves.

Maybe we need gun control, so that whomever is holding a gun to their heads and feeding them twinkies will finally cease and desist.

14 posted on 06/21/2012 4:21:35 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: uncbob

At most.


15 posted on 06/21/2012 4:21:39 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: JDW11235

I wish someone had thought of this crazy pro choice idea before they banned smoking in all Michigan bars. Non smoking bars would have made a fortune.


16 posted on 06/21/2012 4:23:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Jonty30

“Many overweight people are highly self-conscious about exercising. They think that everybody will spend their workout time chuckling at the fatty trying to get fit.

The truth is that most people, who are working out are too busy to think about anything else other than their own workout and diet and stuff.

In fact, healthy people are usually glad to see an unfit person trying to make positive changes in their life and will help if they can.”
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Sometimes, it depends. The age group of 20-25 is usually split, and there is a lot of mocking and snickering. As I mentioned upthread, I used to be a personal trainer. I’ve never been “fat” (although I feel fat, if I ever break 180), so I only know what I’ve seen and heard. I’ve been training/exercising with a lot of young people (I was a trainer when I was younger), and there were a lot of jabs made. I think as conservatives, we’d like to hope there isn’t that kind of bias, but it simply isn’t true. However, now that nearly 70% of Americans are overfat, and nearly a third of the population being morbidly obese, there’s less and less skinny people to poke fun.

Americans are FAT there’s no getting around that. (like others you mentioned) don’t care how much someone weighs, as long as they actively try to be healthy. Not everyone is like that.


17 posted on 06/21/2012 4:28:49 PM PDT by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/ AND "The fat, spoiled, complacent kid is going on a diet." -Unkus)
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To: Ronin

No metric on FR. What’s next, how many stones you are? :)


18 posted on 06/21/2012 4:33:53 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: cripplecreek

I bet. I am originally (born and raised until adulthood) in Las Vegas, where the smoke is thick and acrid almost anywhere (restaurant/club wise) you g, even in the nonsmoking sections. I now live in Utah, where smoking is banned I think 100ft from and public building.

I am a big, big fan of people choosing what they want to do with their lives. I neither smoke nor drink, so I can’t speak to the bar situation, but if someone wants to, that’s their choice. I’m sick of Government intervention in every nook and cranny of our lives. Seriously, a business should be able to ban anyone they feel like banning, and being as exclusive as they want. No special protected classes, none. It’s amazing that we so rarely have it these days, that this is news! I bet this gym makes a fortune, good on them.


19 posted on 06/21/2012 4:34:03 PM PDT by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/ AND "The fat, spoiled, complacent kid is going on a diet." -Unkus)
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To: cripplecreek
I wish someone had thought of this crazy pro choice idea before they banned smoking in all Michigan bars. Non smoking bars would have made a fortune.

One of the more vocal bar owners against the smoking ban in Delaware was the owner of a bar that had gone smoke free on its own. He didn't want to lose the niche market/clientele he had created for himself.

The ones that truly annoy me are the ones who claim their customers would prefer non-smoking, but they would lose too much business if they went non-smoking, so they want everyone to be the same.

Just wait, this gym is going to be targeted as being discriminatory and they will be forced to change the policy.

20 posted on 06/21/2012 4:34:45 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: kingattax
My gym recently imported a bunch of fatties when it bought out another gym.

Now, the sauna is full of old fat naked guys who wheeze, groan, fart, and take up too much space.

Friggin' disgusting.

21 posted on 06/21/2012 4:35:30 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: kingattax
fat girl envy Pictures, Images and Photos
22 posted on 06/21/2012 4:37:51 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Gabz

In Michigan, the casinos lobbied for the smoking ban which they got an exemption from.


23 posted on 06/21/2012 4:38:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: kingattax
Hippos and beached whales only, huh?
Works for me.
But I doubt that's a viable business model.

Unless Obummer makes it mandatory for welfare recipients...

24 posted on 06/21/2012 4:44:41 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: cripplecreek

In Delaware, they fought against the ban. In fact the casino in Dover financed a movement to get changes made to it which included exemptions for them and bars.

The only exemptions are for volunteer fire companies and private clubs. The local Catholic Church and a few other churches ended their bingos because while the VFD’s were exempt, they were all denied exemptions. Churches don’t have the political clout in Delaware that the VFDs have.


25 posted on 06/21/2012 5:02:49 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: kingattax
Viva la 1st amendment!

(coming to a neighborhood near me)

26 posted on 06/21/2012 5:22:06 PM PDT by Blogatron (Brought to you by The American Frog Council; 'Frog - The other green meat')
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To: kingattax

Is that a mouse or are you just happy to see me. lol.


27 posted on 06/21/2012 5:35:32 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Ronin
I weigh 118 lbs. Up from the 107 when I enlisted the first time, years ago.

I don't go to a club. I have a back yard with lots of work to do. ;)

/johnny

28 posted on 06/21/2012 5:42:04 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: kingattax

Average Joe’s vs. Globo Gym


29 posted on 06/21/2012 5:44:10 PM PDT by chargers fan
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To: Ronin

Congratulations!!!


30 posted on 06/21/2012 6:05:11 PM PDT by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: JDW11235
I once belonged to Bally’s. And what a crummy gym that was. A lot of broken equipment, smelly moldy shower and locker rooms, a young snotty staff and young snotty self impressed members who where more into primping and preening and grunting and wearing the latest workout fashions just to prove how cool they were and worst of all it was mostly a meat market not to mention that they way oversold memberships so that it was nearly impossible sometimes to even find a parking place not to mention the 30+ minute wait just to use a treadmill.

My then employer offered a deep discount (50% subsidized) to join the not a chain “athletic club” that was across the street. The gym was huge with two separate gyms on either side of a very nice aquatic center with three salt water filtered pools; an Olympic sized lap pool and two heated therapy pools and a whirlpool. The main gym had a combination of aerobic machines; treadmills, elliptical and bikes, an indoor basket ball court, a free weight area and a large assortment of weight training machines with loud music and multiple TV screens. The other side of the gym was smaller and quieter and somewhat more catered to an older crowd but it had a juice bar and internet cafe. I used both depending on my mood on any given day and used the aquatic center often.

Their philosophy was not about “hard bodies” but on fitness and health for all people of all ages, shapes and sizes. The staff was great, friendly, knowledgeable and non-judgmental. And the clientele was the same. There were some serious fitness folks but it was a completely different atmosphere than the Bally’s. I saw lots of folks of all ages and all sizes and even some with disabilities and everyone was made to feel welcome. I’ve since changed jobs and moved to Pennsylvania and I really miss that gym.

… and now, a gym that is for the “average person.” They don’t allow grunting, don’t allow equipment hogging, don’t offer really high weight (fixed) dumbells and barbells, and label themselves as the “Judgement Free Zone.”

I presume you are talking about Planet Fitness. I belong there now and while it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, I like it, I like it a lot more than Bally’s.

31 posted on 06/21/2012 6:13:01 PM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Jonty30

“In fact, healthy people are usually glad to see an unfit person trying to make positive changes in their life and will help if they can.”

Not at FreeRepublic. Here, the fit people tend to make snide comments about those who are larger. Trust me, read down just a few from yours where it begins.


32 posted on 06/21/2012 6:22:03 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (Voting Anyone but Obama in 2012.)
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To: Ronin; Jonty30

See what I mean Jonty?


33 posted on 06/21/2012 6:22:42 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (Voting Anyone but Obama in 2012.)
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To: MissouriConservative

Some people build themselves up by stepping on other people. That is life.

I think it’s better to become strong enough to withstand another’s harsh words than to expect decency from indecent people.


34 posted on 06/21/2012 6:41:56 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
I cannot believe how many outrageously fat people there are how satisfied they seem to be with themselves.

Do you read people's minds?

35 posted on 06/21/2012 7:34:08 PM PDT by Misterioso (It is futile to fight against, if one does not know what one is fighting for. - Ayn Rand)
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To: Misterioso
Do you read people's minds?

not if I can help it.

36 posted on 06/21/2012 7:47:37 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: MD Expat in PA

I enjoyed reading your post, and wanted to say thanks for taking the time to reply. I was at a hot dog roast (they say BBQ, but it’s not! LOL) and so just now was able to read it. I was referring to the Planet Fitness. You sound like the kind of person that I would have liked to be at the gym. I used to enjoy talking to other, and I like working out with friends (why I became a personal trainer).

I am currently disabled (MS) and can no longer do any real exercise, but I really don’t understand the reason why some people have such a high horse about their athleticism. I was fortunate that God gave me the genes to maintain a relatively healthy body weight, even if I did get a crippling disease. But some people got the fat genes and still other the smart genes. I moved here from Las Vegas (Where gyms abound), and I found out of all of them, that Planet Fitness was the best and cheapest in the area ($10/month rather than $40-75!). I’m glad you like it and wish you all the best with your health.


37 posted on 06/21/2012 8:11:57 PM PDT by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/ AND "The fat, spoiled, complacent kid is going on a diet." -Unkus)
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