This is something I found very hard about working in a commercial gym and the fitness industry. It is elitist. There is very little diversity. The spaces aren’t even physically designed for those who are less mobile or in a larger body. Sometimes, the space actually isn’t even safe, due weights on the ground and disabled toilets being hard to get to. Then there are the attitudes that have to be faced from staff, members, and the advertising. Perhaps these companies need to start thinking with their business heads... Australians are getting older, larger, more racially diverse and living with more health issues. Perhaps it’s time to create gyms where these people feel welcome #Repost @bodyimage_therapist
Gyms and fitness culture are notorious for fat phobia (fatmisia). If you're coming into a fitness space and you don't already 'look' fit (note fitness doesn't necessarily have a look), it's assumed you're there to lose/change parts of your body that don't align with that look. All bodies are entitled to spaces where they are free to explore movement without agendas set by fitness culture. There are many reasons people choose to go gyms - and it may not always be why you think.
. I hope to see gyms fostering more diversity in their imagery, less focus on aesthetic changes, more education on weight bias for personal trainers/staff, less(no) disordered eating advice from unqualified staff members, a shift in language e.g. group fitness class names - 'body blaster','body combat' etc - bodies aren't battlefields. I think it can be news for some gym owners that the reason why people don't go to the gym - is because there's nothing welcoming about it. If anything, it promotes shame in those who come who don't fit the look. So please, gyms, do better! .
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