Going to the gym can be as intimidating as the first day of school, especially if you're not already in shape. To fight that feeling, contemporary athletic companies like Planet Fitness advertise workout areas without judgement. Others like Downsize, in Chicago and Fort Worth, mandate that clients must be 50 pounds overweight to join.
Schrantz used to be a chronic gym quitter. She'd sign up, go once and never return. The looks she got at other gyms made her uncomfortable.
"My thought on that is why are you looking at me when I got off of the couch, I got off of my bed and I'm actually doing something about it?" Schrantz said, during an interview at the gym. Still, she says, "It's hard."
There is no one way to lose weight and everyone should be able to find the workout plan, and place, that works for them. If that means joining a gym where others are a similar size and fighting the same weight challenges in a space where no one is stigmatized for their body, then it sounds like a great, supportive atmosphere to me.
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