At Downsize Fitness health clubs, the treadmills are wider, and new members must be at least 50 pounds (22.7 kgs) overweight

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    Feb 01, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/us-fitness-downsize-idUSBRE90R0X120130128
  • MarvelBoy23

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    Feb 01, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
    Interesting concept.

    But do you have to leave the gym when you are no longer 50+ pounds overweight?
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    Feb 01, 2013 5:22 PM GMT
    This is actually a good idea. It's a gym to teach obese people how to lose weight and it is in an environment where they won't feel judged.

    Also I do believe after a certain point they are not allowed back (once they lose most of the weight), because they have the tools, knowledge, and results to keep pushing them forward by themselves. It is a very good concept!
  • ASHDOD

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    Feb 01, 2013 10:13 PM GMT
    RadRTT said
    Also I do believe after a certain point they are not allowed back It is a very good concept!


    its not a very good business concept......icon_eek.gif
  • Medjai

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    Feb 01, 2013 10:19 PM GMT
    RadRTT saidThis is actually a good idea. It's a gym to teach obese people how to lose weight and it is in an environment where they won't feel judged.

    Also I do believe after a certain point they are not allowed back (once they lose most of the weight), because they have the tools, knowledge, and results to keep pushing them forward by themselves. It is a very good concept!


    It's the model I believe in. There are a few gyms with this idea, and it's where I want to work once I graduate.
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    Feb 01, 2013 10:19 PM GMT
    ASHDOD said

    its not a very good business concept......icon_eek.gif


    As a competitive commercial gym business no, it's a terrible model. As a medical rehab-type venture I think it's unique with a potentially large niche market.
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    Feb 01, 2013 10:22 PM GMT
    Narciso said
    ASHDOD said

    its not a very good business concept......icon_eek.gif


    As a competitive commercial gym business no, it's a terrible model. As a medical rehab-type venture I think it's unique with a potentially large niche market.



    i think goverments should do it, it will save money on health care .
  • Medjai

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    Feb 01, 2013 10:47 PM GMT
    Narciso said
    ASHDOD said

    its not a very good business concept......icon_eek.gif


    As a competitive commercial gym business no, it's a terrible model. As a medical rehab-type venture I think it's unique with a potentially large niche market.


    In all likelihood, there will always be overweight people who want the service. In the highly unlikely even that the entire population of overweight individuals disappears, they can always restructure into a regular gym setting...
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    Feb 01, 2013 11:03 PM GMT
    They had one of these in the nearby bedroom community of Matthews (near Charlotte NC) and it failed. Seems that it would need plenty of marketing and social media/word of mouth to let potential customers know who and where they are.........had never seen an ad for one.
  • Whipmagic

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    Feb 01, 2013 11:10 PM GMT
    Medjai said
    In all likelihood, there will always be overweight people who want the service. In the highly unlikely even that the entire population of overweight individuals disappears...


    I'd be perfectly happy to bet my entire net worth that there will alwyas be overweight individuals. And if I lost that bet, I'd be even happier for the human race.
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    Feb 01, 2013 11:15 PM GMT
    Sounds like a terrible business model
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    Feb 01, 2013 11:32 PM GMT
    I'd like to open a gym for people with IQ's > 120
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    Feb 01, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    beachbu310 saidI'd like to open a gym for people with IQ's > 120


    Preferably for gay men so they can brag about how big theirs is and claim it's 156 when in reality it's more like 132.
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 02, 2013 1:27 AM GMT
    Narciso said
    beachbu310 saidI'd like to open a gym for people with IQ's > 120


    Preferably for gay men so they can brag about how big theirs is and claim it's 156 when in reality it's more like 132.


    AOL IQs! Inflate the mental age, decrease the chronological age.

    Back to the original topic, though: as a concept, it sort of reminds me of Curves - a place where people who may not feel welcome at a regular gym (women, the overweight) can work out and improve their fitness in a distinctly different environment. If Downsize is half as successful as Curves has been, then it'll be a good thing.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 02, 2013 1:50 AM GMT
    I kind of like the idea.
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    Feb 02, 2013 1:54 AM GMT
    jim_stl said

    Back to the original topic, though: as a concept, it sort of reminds me of Curves - a place where people who may not feel welcome at a regular gym (women, the overweight) can work out and improve their fitness in a distinctly different environment. If Downsize is half as successful as Curves has been, then it'll be a good thing.


    Curves was brilliantly marketed though, it always presented itself as a sort of "female empowerment" gym, not a sweat box for fatty chicks. The problem with this one is from the outset it's already presenting itself as the fat gym. I'm not sure what's more intimidating, being an obese person in a gym full of lean hard bodies or telling people/being seen going into The Gym for Really Fat People.
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    Feb 02, 2013 2:19 AM GMT
    Narciso said
    jim_stl said

    Back to the original topic, though: as a concept, it sort of reminds me of Curves - a place where people who may not feel welcome at a regular gym (women, the overweight) can work out and improve their fitness in a distinctly different environment. If Downsize is half as successful as Curves has been, then it'll be a good thing.


    Curves was brilliantly marked though, it always presented itself as a sort of "female empowerment" gym, not a sweat box for fatty chicks. The problem with this one is from the outset it's already presenting itself as the fat gym. I'm not sure what's more intimidating, being an obese person in a gym full of lean hard bodies or telling people/being seen going into The Gym for Really Fat People.


    Alternatively, a gym for people ready to take control of their lives and drop the weight. See what I did there?
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    Feb 02, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    Narciso said
    beachbu310 saidI'd like to open a gym for people with IQ's > 120


    Preferably for gay men so they can brag about how big theirs is and claim it's 156 when in reality it's more like 132.
    or 107
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    Feb 02, 2013 2:55 AM GMT
    This is a really great idea. Body shame and exercise anxiety are HUGE barriers to many peoples' weight loss. This gives them a space where they can not be judged and be inspired by seeing other peoples' lives really transform.
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    Feb 02, 2013 3:35 AM GMT
    If they build oversized seats and vehicles to accommodate the obese, why not treadmills where that accommodation could do some good? It'd be a great idea if all gyms with plenty of floor space made all their treadmills extra large so thin folk wouldn't tie them up since, well, everyone likes those larger handicapped stalls, right?
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 06, 2013 2:29 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    Narciso said
    jim_stl said

    Back to the original topic, though: as a concept, it sort of reminds me of Curves - a place where people who may not feel welcome at a regular gym (women, the overweight) can work out and improve their fitness in a distinctly different environment. If Downsize is half as successful as Curves has been, then it'll be a good thing.


    Curves was brilliantly marked though, it always presented itself as a sort of "female empowerment" gym, not a sweat box for fatty chicks. The problem with this one is from the outset it's already presenting itself as the fat gym. I'm not sure what's more intimidating, being an obese person in a gym full of lean hard bodies or telling people/being seen going into The Gym for Really Fat People.


    Alternatively, a gym for people ready to take control of their lives and drop the weight. See what I did there?


    This is kind of what I had in mind. But there is one key difference between Curves and Downsize: even if Curves is super-effective, then their clients are still going to be women.