All gyms and fitness facilities aim to help people lose weight. In Canada, however, that idea has been pushed to a new definition because a new gym ONLY allows fat people has opened. Yes, you heard it right. Body Exchange fitness center in Vancouver only accepts overweight and plus-size women as members. In the US, specifically Omaha, Nebraska, there’s another health club called Square One also has the same idea with Body Exchange. Downsize Fitness, a gym in Las Vegas and Chicago, is another establishment that also shares the same solid focus on their clients. Here are some of the facts about these fitness clubs with a new twist.
The founder and CEO of Body Exchange fitness center, Louise Green, has mentioned that the gym is supposed to be a “safe haven” for overweight people. Marty Wolff, a former contestant on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and owner of Square One said that the gym that he put up aims to help “people of size,” specifically people with 50 or more pounds to lose. However, Marty doesn’t ban skinny people from his establishment. He said that those non-overweight clients prefer to work out with bigger people. Jason Burns, of the Downsize Fitness Chicago gym shared the same idea that he doesn’t actually “ban” anyone from his gyms, but he doesn’t prefer only thin and skinny customers as well.
It is good to know that larger-size people have gyms that mostly cater to the same weight class. As Marty Wolf said it himself, “My whole life, I have always wished there was a place for other big people. So I created one.” This is a very big inspiration for the bigger crowd. It is very beneficial to work out at the gym confident and relaxed. There will no longer be the feeling of being stared at criticized just by the way you look and how much you weigh.