‘Plus-Size Friendly’ Gym Bans Skinny People

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    Jun 24, 2012 11:49 PM GMT
    "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."


    Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/21/plus-size-friendly-gym-bans-skinny-people/?hpt=hp_t3#ixzz1yl2Z4FC8



    What are your thoughts on this?
  • slimnmuscly

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    Jun 25, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    Sadly, it's probably a good business move. For the most part, gyms make their money not off the people who actually use them but the people who buy 3-year memberships up front, then make any and every excuse never to go. If your No. 1 goal is to make money, which type of person do you hope signs up?
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    slimnmuscly saidSadly, it's probably a good business move. For the most part, gyms make their money not off the people who actually use them but the people who buy 3-year memberships up front, then make any and every excuse never to go. If your No. 1 goal is to make money, which type of person do you hope signs up?


    The grand majority don't buy multi-annual memberships on the spot. They pay their sign up cost and a month. Yes, they'll quit in a week, and lose that first month, the sign up cost and most probably an additional month.

    Any business that freely and willingly rejects people who want to give them their money is fucking retarded. Have fun going bankrupt and shutting down.

    Also what person wants to admit "Yeah I go to the fat-only gym!"
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:33 AM GMT
    It seems to go along with the modern trend of thinking that boosting self-esteem by coddling is more important than overcoming an obstacle and having better self-esteem because of your accomplishments.
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    Do they serve milkshakes instead of fruit smoothies at the fat gym?
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    This sounds bad as planet fitness...why people mad about skinny people? Makes no sense...
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:44 AM GMT
    Doesn't sound like a smart idea. Can't that be used as discriminating skinny people?
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    It's a stupid attention-grabbing publicity-whoring stunt of a business. I can already envision the front door "Hi, am I too skinny to join this gym?" "Nah you got some rolls on ya hun, sign up". Or "Hi me and my best friend want to sign up" "Ok, well you can sign up, but your friend can't" "But, we're both the same size" "Nope! Your friend is skinnier and prettier than you so she can't sign up, but you can, lardass =D"
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    slimnmuscly saidSadly, it's probably a good business move. For the most part, gyms make their money not off the people who actually use them but the people who buy 3-year memberships up front, then make any and every excuse never to go. If your No. 1 goal is to make money, which type of person do you hope signs up?


    The grand majority don't buy multi-annual memberships on the spot. They pay their sign up cost and a month. Yes, they'll quit in a week, and lose that first month, the sign up cost and most probably an additional month.

    Any business that freely and willingly rejects people who want to give them their money is fucking retarded. Have fun going bankrupt and shutting down.

    Also what person wants to admit "Yeah I go to the fat-only gym!"


    I hope you're right. But more and more gyms seem to be moving this direction, and let's face it, fewer and fewer businesses in any industry seem to be basing their revenue model on actually providing the best quality fill-in-the-blank-here.

    Then again, maybe it's simple sorting and in the end fatties-only gyms and people-who-go-to-the-gym-to-actually-work-out gyms will both thrive.
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:50 AM GMT
    This might be the first business model to discourage customers from returning when a service works...

    Are the staff fat too?
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    Balljunkie said"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."


    Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/21/plus-size-friendly-gym-bans-skinny-people/?hpt=hp_t3#ixzz1yl2Z4FC8



    What are your thoughts on this?


    I wonder what they consider "plus sized"??? Is there like a cut off weight?
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    Jun 25, 2012 3:59 AM GMT
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    I guess it is a good idea if truly there primary clientele are plus size folks. Otherwise, what intelligent business model would discourage income of any sort.

    For me, I tend to show off on treadmill and push myself a tad harder when there is a plus size person near by. On the reverse its an encouragement why I am there; what I don't want to be. I hope I am doing the same for them at some mental level.
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    So...as soon as you lose weight, you are out?

    CONGRATS ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS.....you are now banned from the gym.
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
    As a previously overweight (probably obese for my then height of 5"7") person, I can personally say that it was going to the gym and seeing the people in better shape than me that was motivating.
    I understand the objective; to eliminate the intimidation that exists (it definitely does) for newcomers/people with a long road ahead of them. However, it doesn't change the requirements.
    If you're not willing to work at it, you're not going to get anywhere. If you're not willing to swallow your pride for a while and go to the gym, then you obviously haven't reached that level of desire for change.
    The frustrating part for me was the guys that looked down on you/made you feel like shit for even trying to pick up that weight/use that rowing machine. It was difficult to stay focused knowing the super attractive-super asshole (why must they always be good-looking and stupid!) across the way was laughing at you to his buddies.
    I currently go to a gym that is more of a support team than an independent gym. There are gym rats there too, but they're HELPFUL. POSITIVE. CONSTRUCTIVE. I've come a long way from being the fat kid that gets laughed at but still have a ways to go, and I'm glad I have a healthy productive environment to do that in.
    (MAN do I RAMBLE, sorry guysicon_redface.gif)
    Point of all this: I don't think it's going to make a difference to only allow heavy people into a gym. It WOULD make a difference if you could somehow screen out the egocentric douchebags (then again, my hatred for them did fuel my workouts sometimes). The tools necessary for change come from within.
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    7Famark saidSo...as soon as you lose weight, you are out?

    CONGRATS ON YOUR WEIGHT LOSS.....you are now banned from the gym.



    That's what I was thinking...
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    Jun 25, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    I mean, I see where they are coming from. If I was fat I wouldn't feel comfortable letting my fat fly all over the place on the treadmill in front of a bunch of fit people.

    I see legal problems with this though.
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    Jun 25, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    Mattnificent saidI mean, I see where they are coming from. If I was fat I wouldn't feel comfortable letting my fat fly all over the place on the treadmill in front of a bunch of fit people.

    I see legal problems with this though.


    Physical fitness is definitely not a protected status. Its not like the gym is owned by the government either.
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    Jun 25, 2012 5:30 AM GMT
    I think it's a really good idea. A lot of overweight people won't even go into a gym because of how good everyone looks (compared to them). I think it helps them focus on themselves first.
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    Jun 25, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
    If overweight people don't want to be overweight anymore they don't need a special segregated gym, they need to change their nutrition habits. You don't lose weight on a treadmill, you lose weight by modifying the quality and quantity of your caloric intake.
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    Jun 25, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidIf overweight people don't want to be overweight anymore they don't need a special segregated gym, they need to change their nutrition habits. You don't lose weight on a treadmill, you lose weight by modifying the quality and quantity of your caloric intake.


    Just put on your singlet and start running to have them chase you icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 25, 2012 5:44 AM GMT
    "And, Body Exchange client Lisa Schaffer said she loves that there aren't "tiny little Lululemon people running around" the gym".

    LOL.
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    Jun 25, 2012 7:14 AM GMT
    I think it's a great idea. I know a couple of fat people who tell me their fear of going to the gym or even running at the park is b/c they're too embarrassed to step into one because of the intimidation factor.

    Granted....that might have just been an excuse....but I'm gonna give them the benefit of the doubt.
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    Jun 25, 2012 7:17 AM GMT
    pocketnico said
    Ariodante saidIf overweight people don't want to be overweight anymore they don't need a special segregated gym, they need to change their nutrition habits. You don't lose weight on a treadmill, you lose weight by modifying the quality and quantity of your caloric intake.


    Just put on your singlet and start running to have them chase you icon_twisted.gif


    How about you just chase me instead icon_twisted.gif