Is this gym discriminating against fitness in a bout of irony, or community?
If you’ve ever found the truly fit people in your gym to be intimidating instead of inspirational, you might be attracted to this concept.
Downsize Fitness is an exclusive club for men/women who feel uncomfortable working out in standard gyms among muscle-heads and skinny minnies.
Owner Francis Wisniewski “made the decision to open a gym for overweight individuals when he realized he was not alone in being uncomfortable at typical gyms. Through a supportive team-oriented environment and trainer-based workout plans, the hope is to get overweight individuals healthy and fit. ”
The rule is that you must be at least 50 lbs overweight to attend, as per the website. And once you achieve a certain amount of success, attendees may graduate to “mentor” status where they guide others to follow in their footsteps.
While part of me definitely understands the logic behind this, I don’t know if I’m behind it 100%.
Surely, the owner of this business has identified a consumer behaviour that he, himself, has demonstrated. And why shouldn’t he be able to capitalize on that recognition?
Yet another side of me wonders if this is discriminatory. If someone is 40lbs overweight, are they not fit to join? Are there strict rules outlining these things, or is it simply socially upheld that certain people don’t “belong” there?
What do you fine people think? Irony or community?