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4 Things the Plus-Sized Community Can't Stand to Hear at the Gym

October 01, 2015 2 min read

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to have a six-pack to workout. In fact, people of all shapes and sizes like to workout, including the plus-size community. But while this should be obvious if you look around at your local fitness studio, some people, from trainers to fellow exercisers seem to make the most obnoxious of comments that point to the naivety of such. The plus-size community is sick of hearing these types of questions and remarks that de-normalize their commitment to working out. Here are a few to take note of as explained by Meghan Demaria. 1. “You’re Doing Such a Great Job!” "This happens to me almost every time I try a new group fitness class. Even if instructors mean well, it’s frustrating when they tell you that you 'worked so hard' when you feel—accurately—like you were the worst person in the class (after all, you are new!). While I realize these kinds of comments are meant to be reassuring, they come off as patronizing at best and mocking at worst." 2. “You Okay? Are You Sure?” "And here we are at the other end of the spectrum. During one boutique indoor-cycling class, the instructor gave me an inquiring thumbs-up at least five times in the 45-minute session. At first, I was happy for his concern. But as the class went on, I felt like it was unwarranted—particularly since I was keeping up with everyone else." 3. “When We're Doing Burpees, Why Don't You Try This Instead.” "Plus-size people can do burpees, too! And if we know that we might not be able to do everything the class requires, we’ll usually mention it to the instructor beforehand." 4. “You're Such an Inspiration!” "Let me remind you that plenty of plus-size women and men aren’t on weight loss journeys at all! Remarks like these have led to gyms and fitness studios where plus-size people can take classes with instructors who aren’t condescending and only focused on weight loss." Have you ever experienced these kinds of questions and comments while working out and felt annoyed by them? Source: Women's Health Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_111449" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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