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To assume plus-size people don’t go to the gym is untrue, however, I once was a member of a gym where I was literally the ONLY plus-size gal who went there. Shocking right!? There wasn’t a ‘NO FAT CHICKS ALLOWED’ policy or anything and the other gym members weren’t all LORD OF THE FLIES crazy looking at me sideways. It’s just that I lived in  WEST HOLLYWOOD at the time which is home to all the model/actor wannabes and a high gay population.  So it felt like everyone was of hard bodied muscled stature except curvy little me.

I usually walked to the gym in workout gear,  went in, did my spin class,  had a quick  sauna in my size 20  black tankini and went home.  It took me an entire month before I realised  I’d  NEVER seen another big girl there.   Granted this is not usual to be the only plus-size girl in a place of exercise worship but this is how it was at the time. I guess I just didn’t feel out of place being there!

All my life I have been on yo-yo diets losing and gaining weight but going to the gym as a curvy girl has never bothered me. I always refused to wear baggy pants and t-shirts as  I get  too hot and the pants seem to bunch up between my thighs and crotch. I much prefer stretchy black leggings and a tank top. 

I was once hit on in the co-ed sauna by guy wearing a Speeedo who was a  regular gym-goer and serious cyclist (bike shorts and all).  I would have been a size 18-20 at the time but wasn’t confident in myself like I am now and just couldn’t believe a guy would be interested in me looking the way I did. But that was then and this is now.

In most cases people are completely focused on themselves anyways. So if one of your goals this year is to take a class, get a trainer or use the treadmill for 30 minutes in an effort to get healthy then please don’t feel intimidated. Oh, and go sit in the sauna for a while if you’re single. You might just get a date out of it!!

What have been your gym experiences GOOD or BAD? Let us know! 


Kelly Glover is an Australian living in Los Angeles and created this plus size fashion blog as a place for curvy women to get info and advice on plus size dating, celebrity and fitness.
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    My gym has people of all shapes and sizes, its a really friendly place where people keep to them selves, there are a few really obese people that are hugely encouraging to see and its amazing watching them improve all the time, my gym has a few people in wheel chairs an down syndrome males as well as teenagers and older people. People smile at each other and the only time I feel a little bit nervous is when I know I am not giving it my all. When I am puffed out and sweating like a psycho i feel fantastic.


    • charlotte
    • August 8, 2013

    My friend convinced me to go to a gym that wasn’t busy as I wasn’t very confident ..I went for a couple of weeks and I really enjoyed it however some younger guys started coming when we was there and they made me feel uncomfortable when i was walking out the gym on my own they approached me and started saying horrible comments that made me feel horrible and disgusting they basically said no matter how hard i work in a gym no one will ever like me. I never went back again.. i know people say ignore them but once your comfort zone has been destroyed it is hard to build it back up. I haven’t been back to any gym since because i don’t emotionally think i could stand it and i have put a little weight on since then. I really wish i was able to have the confidence and people would just back off! I just don’t have the confidence anymore :(

    And i was the only fat girl there.

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      OMG that’s horrible! I’m sorry to hear that Charlotte. I’ve never had that experience and only imagine those blokes are complete idiots. Most fitness people respect anyone who is obviously at the gym to improve fitness.

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